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Suevon Lee

Suevon Lee joined Honolulu Civil Beat as a reporter in June 2017.

She was previously based in Los Angeles, where she wrote for legal news wire Law360. She also served as editor-in-chief of former print culture magazine, KoreAm Journal.

She has also worked in New York, where she was a reporting intern for ProPublica and editor/reporter for an affiliate publication of the New York Law Journal. She has also spent time in Florida, covering courts for the Ocala Star-Banner.

Originally from the D.C. suburbs, Suevon graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in English. She holds a masters from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a master of studies in law from Yale Law School.

You can reach Suevon via email at slee@civilbeat.org or follow her on Twitter at @suevlee.

Hawaii Education Plan for ‘Learning Acceleration’ Short on Details, Board Members Say Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Education Plan for ‘Learning Acceleration’ Short on Details, Board Members Say

Some members wanted more specificity and strategic planning from DOE officials on how to help students catch up.

Native Hawaiian Education Programs To Receive $28 Million In Federal Dollars

Native Hawaiian Education Programs To Receive $28 Million In Federal Dollars

The funding comes from the American Rescue Plan, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, who chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Former Hawaii Legislator Joins Board of Education on Interim Basis Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Former Hawaii Legislator Joins Board of Education on Interim Basis

Lyla Berg, who owns a leadership consulting company, will serve at least through June.

Hawaii Kindergarten Enrollment Has Dropped Sharply Since The Pandemic Began Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Kindergarten Enrollment Has Dropped Sharply Since The Pandemic Began

While the latest DOE enrollment report shows a slight improvement, the enrollment count for kindergarten is nowhere near pre-pandemic levels.

Can Kids Keep Up With Schoolwork In Quarantine? In Hawaii, It Depends On The School Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Can Kids Keep Up With Schoolwork In Quarantine? In Hawaii, It Depends On The School

The education system has clear Covid-19 guidelines about vaccines and testing, but it’s inconsistent regarding how to enable continued learning for isolated students.

Hawaii Education Department Says 89% Of Employees Have Been Fully Or Partially Vaccinated Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Education Department Says 89% Of Employees Have Been Fully Or Partially Vaccinated

The department released the figures after Gov. David Ige required all state and county workers to get vaccinated or submit to weekly Covid tests.

State Teachers Union Files Actions Over Covid Test Mandate, Safety Protocols Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

State Teachers Union Files Actions Over Covid Test Mandate, Safety Protocols

The Hawaii State Teachers Association says implementation of safety guidelines across public schools has so far been inconsistent.

Ua Lilo Kekahi Polokalamu ʻIke Hawaiʻi I Mea Pūnaewele A Hū Aʻe Kona Kaulana Ma ʻAmelika Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Ua Lilo Kekahi Polokalamu ʻIke Hawaiʻi I Mea Pūnaewele A Hū Aʻe Kona Kaulana Ma ʻAmelika

Ua holomua pono ka polokalamu o ke Kulanui Kaiāulu ʻo Koʻolau ma muli o nā Kānaka Maoli e ʻimi ana i ka pilina i ko lākou kulāiwi. 

Punahou Settles Lawsuits Alleging Sex Abuse By Former Coach Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Punahou Settles Lawsuits Alleging Sex Abuse By Former Coach

The suits were filed in April 2020 and accused the private school of turning “a blind eye” to the alleged actions of former girls basketball coach Dwayne Yuen.