Kevin Knodell

Kevin Knodell covers 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.

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 Kurdish-led Rojava Revolution, reported on wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, explored Iraqi Kurdistan’s night life and interviewed refugees using art to fight terrorist ideology.

His writing and photography have appeared at Playboy, The Daily BeastForeign Policy, Vice, The Nib, Crosscut and others. As a contributing editor at 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 he where he covered the consequences of Turkey’s invasion of Northeast Syria in the fall of 2019, confrontation between U.S. troops and Iranian-backed militias  and how the spread of COVID-19 has complicated both the political and humanitarian landscape of the region.

Kevin is a producer of the Angry Planet Podcast, a weekly look at a world in conflict. He’s also he 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 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 various other odd jobs for beer and rent money. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and studied history at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. In his free time he is a mediocre illustrator and okay photographer.

November 2020

Thursday, November 19

Major COVID-19 Outbreak Hits Pearl Harbor Warship

Wednesday, November 18

This Ex-Marine Is Now Battling To Save Hawaii’s Environment

Monday, November 16

As Hawaii Eases Travel Restrictions, Military Maintains Quarantines

Sunday, November 1

Japan Is Paying For New U.S. Military Facilities In Guam And The CNMI. Here’s Why

October 2020

Friday, October 23

White House: Coast Guard Will Up Presence In Pacific To Fight Overfishing

Sunday, October 18

Marauder Samurai: Hawaii Soldiers Played Key Role In WWII Unit Honored By Congress

Friday, October 9

New VA Pacific Island Director: ‘Telemedicine Is The Way To Go’

Friday, October 2

Navy Expects Reforms To Follow Pearl Harbor Shooting Investigation

Thursday, October 1

Hawaii Is Seeing A Boom In Military-Backed Mortgages

September 2020

Wednesday, September 30

Army Wants To Retain Access To Big Island Training Area

Tuesday, September 29

Pearl Harbor Shooting Investigation Finds Deeper Mental Health Concerns Among Submarine Crew

Wednesday, September 16

Military Plan To Move Munitions To West Loch Worries Public

Tuesday, September 15

Can Military Spending Prop Up Hawaii’s Faltering Economy?

Sunday, September 6

Hawaii Marines Are Now Guarding The Nests Of Endangered Species

August 2020

Monday, August 31

Will Hawaii’s $1.9 Billion Missile Radar System Get Built?

Monday, August 24

Military COVID-19 Rates Are Public in Guam, Japan And Korea. Why Not In Hawaii?

Sunday, August 16

Ships Arrive In Hawaii For RIMPAC Amid Heightened Local Scrutiny

July 2020

Thursday, July 30

Tripler Hospital Parking Could Finally Be Getting Some Help

Sunday, July 26

Hawaii-Based Soldiers Have Played A Key Role In US Thailand Policy

Friday, July 24

Lessons From Hurricane Iniki Help Coast Guard Prepare For Douglas

Sunday, July 19

Army Holds First Large-Scale Training In Hawaii Since Start Of Pandemic

June 2020

Friday, June 26

Proposed Detonation of World War II-Era Bombs at Molokini Angers Activists

Military In Hawaii Copes With Pandemic Challenges

Tuesday, June 9

Hawaii-Based General Confirmed As First Black Air Force Chief Of Staff