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Kevin Knodell

Kevin Knodell reports on the military and veterans in Hawaii and the greater Pacific for Civil Beat as a corps member for Report For America, a national nonprofit that places journalists in local news rooms to cover underreported topics. Report for America Corps members also undertake public service projects that help community members tell their own stories.

Kevin has worked for small town newspapers, national magazines and digital media startups. As a freelance journalist he has reported from the field on Northeast Syria’s Rojava Revolution, reported on wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, explored Iraqi Kurdistan’s night life and interviewed Navy SEALs, revolutionaries, mercenaries, pole dancers and politicians.

His writing and photography have appeared at Playboy, The Daily Beast, Vice, The Nib, Crosscut and others. As a contributing editor for the digital conflict news collective War is Boring he spent as a year as the coordinator for the Iraq and Syria field team during the Yazidi Genocide and worked with the investigative news team.

Kevin’s most recent assignment before joining Civil Beat was as a correspondent for Coffee or Die Magazine in Iraq and Syria where he covered the consequences of the Turkish invasion of Northeast Syria in the fall of 2019, confrontations between U.S. troops and Iranian-backed militias and how the spread of COVID-19 has complicated both the political and humanitarian situation in the region. Kevin received the 2021 Military Reporters & Editors Association Award for best overseas coverage for his work in Kirkuk.

He is a producer for the podcast Angry Planet, a weekly look at a world in conflict. He’s also the co-author of Machete Squad and The ‘Stan from Dead Reckoning Graphic Novels, was one of the lead writers of the War is Boring: True War Comics series and wrote the Acts of Valor comic series for the magazine Naval History with cartoonist Kelly Swann from 2017-2019.

Kevin has also worked as a comic shop clerk, a paint delivery driver, security guard, event photographer and done various other odd jobs for rent and beer money. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and studied history and communications at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. In his free time he is a mediocre illustrator and okay photographer.

Air Force And Marines Team Up For First Trans-Pacific Reaper Drone Flights Courtesy: Michael Mason/USAF/2019

Air Force And Marines Team Up For First Trans-Pacific Reaper Drone Flights

The exercise runs through Oct. 8, but the Marines are preparing for the eventual permanent stationing of the remote weapon system on Oahu.

Chinese State Media Suggests Warships Will ‘Soon’ Sail Near Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chinese State Media Suggests Warships Will ‘Soon’ Sail Near Hawaii

Chinese and Russian ships have moved closer to America’s Pacific territories amid increasing tension in the region.

Kūlanalana Ka ʻAelike E Pau Ai Ka Hukihuki: Makemake ʻIa Ko Oʻahu Awāwa ʻO Mākua E Ka Pūʻali Koa A Me Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Kūlanalana Ka ʻAelike E Pau Ai Ka Hukihuki: Makemake ʻIa Ko Oʻahu Awāwa ʻO Mākua E Ka Pūʻali Koa A Me Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī

ʻOiai ka Pūʻali Koa e ʻimi nei i ala e hōʻano hou ai i nā palapala hoʻolimalima ma kekahi mau ʻāina Hawaiʻi, he hanahana mau nō ka hukihuki ʻana no ke ʻano o kona mau lā nehinei me kona mau lā ʻāpōpō.

The Military Wants Ideas On How To Turn Down The Volume In Hawaii’s Noisy Skies Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

The Military Wants Ideas On How To Turn Down The Volume In Hawaii’s Noisy Skies

As the pandemic has kept more people home, noisy military training has become more noticeable.

Kahele Says Islamic State Attack ‘Accelerates The Urgency’ Of Afghan Evacuation Courtesty: Victor Mancilla/USMC

Kahele Says Islamic State Attack ‘Accelerates The Urgency’ Of Afghan Evacuation

It’s the deadliest attack on U.S. forces in the country since 2011 as the American mission’s final chaotic days wind down.

VA Provides Nearly $6 Million To Help Homeless Veterans In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

VA Provides Nearly $6 Million To Help Homeless Veterans In Hawaii

The funds are being awarded to community groups providing transitional housing and other services for military veterans.

The Hawaii National Guard’s Covid Task Force Is Extended Through December Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

The Hawaii National Guard’s Covid Task Force Is Extended Through December

State officials had planned to shut down the Hawaii National Guard’s pandemic task force in September.

Here’s Why The Navy Is Betting On Wave Energy Research In Hawaii Courtesy: Pat Cross/University of Hawaii

Here’s Why The Navy Is Betting On Wave Energy Research In Hawaii

Hawaii wants cleaner energy to fight climate change. The military wants renewable energy for fighting China.

The VA Is Shopping For Land For A ‘One-Stop Shop’ Clinic In Maui Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2021

The VA Is Shopping For Land For A ‘One-Stop Shop’ Clinic In Maui

The VA would own the new facility, which would consolidate medical care, mental health and benefits for veterans on the Valley Isle.