Civil Beat Staff

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 Board of Ed Denies Petition That Led to Sunshine Lawsuit PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Board of Ed Denies Petition That Led to Sunshine Lawsuit

A Kahuku mother sought to require the Department of Education to hear community members’ concerns before commenting on projects’ environmental impacts.

Teacher Training Initiative Takes Shape Under COVID-19 Federal Grant Courtesy: Hawaii Department of Education

Teacher Training Initiative Takes Shape Under COVID-19 Federal Grant

The initiative to develop digital lesson plans is being funded with $5 million in federal relief funds.

The DOE Plans To Use Private Tutors To Help Struggling Students Catch Up Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The DOE Plans To Use Private Tutors To Help Struggling Students Catch Up

Hawaii’s Department of Education requested private tutoring proposals in October to address “unprecedented issues related to student learning” due to the pandemic.

Proms Are Canceled Due To COVID-19, DOE Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Proms Are Canceled Due To COVID-19, DOE Says

The superintendent issued the new guidance to schools in a memo but said a decision on graduations will be made later.

Teachers Shift Lessons to Focus on US Capitol Attack Courtesy of Jennifer Suzuki

Teachers Shift Lessons to Focus on US Capitol Attack

The mob-led insurrection at the symbolic and hallowed institution offers teachable moments in the classroom.

Hawaii Teachers Get Their Turn To Receive COVID-19 Vaccines Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teachers Get Their Turn To Receive COVID-19 Vaccines

In an update to members on Friday, the state teachers’ union said schools will begin surveying employees on their desire to receive a vaccine.

Lawsuit: DOE Failed To Help Hilo Student Who Was Harassed And Bullied Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit: DOE Failed To Help Hilo Student Who Was Harassed And Bullied

The federal lawsuit is directed against the Hawaii department and board of education for failing to intervene and stop the nearly yearlong bullying.

After ‘Egregious’ Delay, Education Nonprofit Scores DOE Finance Data Bianca Smallwood/Civil Beat

After ‘Egregious’ Delay, Education Nonprofit Scores DOE Finance Data

Education Institute of Hawaii only obtained complete financial accounting records from DOE in October after a two-and-a-half-year quest.

Schools Provide A Critical Safety Net For Kids. Can They Do That Via Zoom? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Schools Provide A Critical Safety Net For Kids. Can They Do That Via Zoom?

Youth advocates and school staff worry students are not getting the proper counseling or basic social services available in a regular school setting.