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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.

Churches Are Going Online To Keep The Faithful Connected Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Churches Are Going Online To Keep The Faithful Connected

Pre-recorded sermons sent via YouTube, Sunday service on Facebook Live and congregations united on Zoom are some of the ways churches are adapting.

Hawaii Schools Want To Keep Kids Engaged Until School Resumes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Schools Want To Keep Kids Engaged Until School Resumes

The solution is a patchwork of instructional packets and virtual lesson planning as no end appears in sight for the coronavirus timeline.

Hawaii Coronavirus Cases Now At 175 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Coronavirus Cases Now At 175

UPDATED: The state reported 24 new cases since Saturday. About 8,100 tests have been conducted to date.

DOE Will Increase Meals To Meet High Demand Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Will Increase Meals To Meet High Demand

DOE officials acknowledge meal shortages at some sites. New sites will help alleviate that, they said.

Superintendent: Hawaii Schools To Remain Closed Through April 30 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Superintendent: Hawaii Schools To Remain Closed Through April 30

Despite the continuing school closures, the DOE school system, on a whole, remains open and operational, said the superintendent.

Community Groups Offer Free Lunch To Kids Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Community Groups Offer Free Lunch To Kids

The grab-and-go meals at a handful of sites around Oahu supplement the DOE’s own meal service which began this week while schools are closed.

Your Child Care Center May Still Be Open Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Your Child Care Center May Still Be Open

As coronavirus cases rise in the state, child care centers emerge as an “essential function” for front-line workers.

DOE Will Offer Meals Outside Some Cafeterias While Schools Are Closed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Will Offer Meals Outside Some Cafeterias While Schools Are Closed

Many students depend on school meals to keep from going hungry.

Hawaii Classrooms Not Scheduled To Reopen Until April 7 April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Hawaii Classrooms Not Scheduled To Reopen Until April 7

The Department of Education update means six more instructional days are canceled.

Hawaii Teachers Union Files Complaint Against DOE, Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teachers Union Files Complaint Against DOE, Governor

The union says the state’s plan to have teachers back in the classroom next week and kids the week after is too soon.

Advocates Want More Emphasis On High Quality Pre-K In Early Education Bill Suevon Lee

Advocates Want More Emphasis On High Quality Pre-K In Early Education Bill

A proposal to provide more preschool programs for Hawaii’s toddlers passed the House last week. But division remains about what those programs should look like.