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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.

The Battle Over Preschool Puts Hawaii Governor On The Hot Seat Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

The Battle Over Preschool Puts Hawaii Governor On The Hot Seat

Gov. David Ige’s remarks suggest he believes the statewide school administration, not the office delegated to bolster early learning programs, should be in charge.

School Chief Chooses Some Of The People Helping To Evaluate Her Cory Lum/Civil Beat

School Chief Chooses Some Of The People Helping To Evaluate Her

While this feedback doesn’t affect the superintendent’s year-end performance rating, it’ll be followed closely by the Board of Education.

Who Should Run Hawaii’s Pre-K Program? Suevon Lee

Who Should Run Hawaii’s Pre-K Program?

School Superintendent Christina Kishimoto is arguing DOE needs to be more heavily involved in the expansion of Hawaii’s pre-K program.

Rural Schools Take A Big Hit In Hawaii’s Funding Formula

Rural Schools Take A Big Hit In Hawaii’s Funding Formula

Hawaii’s system was meant to make school funding more equitable. But in places like Hana and Molokai, it’s meant cutting teachers and class offerings.

Overdue Report Holds Up Hawaii Plan To Prevent Gender Discrimination Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Overdue Report Holds Up Hawaii Plan To Prevent Gender Discrimination

The Legislature approved creating a state version of the federal Title IX law, but its January 2020 implementation will be delayed.

Nonprofits Protest Coca-Cola’s Sponsorship Of The Great Aloha Run Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nonprofits Protest Coca-Cola’s Sponsorship Of The Great Aloha Run

The soda brand’s involvement sends an unhealthy message, say the groups who helped operate an affiliated event for kids. Now they’ll have their own fun run.

These Waipahu Students Got A Head Start On Health Care Job Training Courtesy of Kapiolani Community College

These Waipahu Students Got A Head Start On Health Care Job Training

A budding partnership between high schools and Kapiolani Community College represents another way to grow Hawaii’s health care workforce.

Civil Beat Sues To Get Teacher Misconduct Records Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Sues To Get Teacher Misconduct Records

The Hawaii Department of Education has refused to turn over much of its information regarding the  disciplining of employees accused of wrongdoing.

Here’s How Public Preschools Could Rapidly Expand In Hawaii Suevon Lee

Here’s How Public Preschools Could Rapidly Expand In Hawaii

The goal of opening 300-plus pre-kindergarten classrooms could be reached more quickly if current school facilities are repurposed.

Why Hawaii Student Journalists Feel The Need To Censor Themselves Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Student Journalists Feel The Need To Censor Themselves

A House bill introduced this session aims to arm student journalists in Hawaii’s public high schools with greater First Amendment protections.

Hawaii’s Never-Ending Teacher Shortage Leaves Many Lawmakers Frustrated Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Never-Ending Teacher Shortage Leaves Many Lawmakers Frustrated

In 2017, the percentage of new teachers hired from the mainland grew, while the percentage from Hawaii shrunk.

Hawaii School Superintendent’s Contract Extended For One Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii School Superintendent’s Contract Extended For One Year

Some education advocates are concerned that the evaluation of Christina Kishimoto wasn’t tied more closely to data about school performance.