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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 slee@civilbeat.org or follow on twitter at @suevlee

The Painful Demise Of A Big Island Charter School Courtesy Josh DeWeerd

The Painful Demise Of A Big Island Charter School

Ka’u Learning Academy had its charter revoked after multiple violations, but there were plenty of red flags from the beginning.

Teachers Channel Frustrations Into Political Campaigns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Teachers Channel Frustrations Into Political Campaigns

Union leaders say the four teachers seeking House seats are the highest number of teacher-candidates in recent years.

State Revokes Charter Of Big Island School

State Revokes Charter Of Big Island School

Parents will have to find new schools for 93 students after the Ka’u Learning Academy is closed by the Charter School Commission.

How Hawaii Is Trying To ‘Grow Our Own’ Pipeline of New Teachers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Hawaii Is Trying To ‘Grow Our Own’ Pipeline of New Teachers

In an effort to address the state’s chronic teacher shortage, a new initiative offers scholarships and support to help long-term subs become licensed teachers.

Economists: Public Employee Union Membership Is Bound To Drop Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Economists: Public Employee Union Membership Is Bound To Drop

Compulsory union dues are a thing of the past due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. But some say a pro-union culture in the islands will prevail.

The Crusade To Keep Hawaii Kids Fed This Summer Courtesy of Hawaii Literacy

The Crusade To Keep Hawaii Kids Fed This Summer

While the Department of Education provides meals on summer school campuses, other efforts are afoot to deliver food to nonschool venues.

Vog From Kilauea Increases The Need For Classroom Air Conditioning Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Vog From Kilauea Increases The Need For Classroom Air Conditioning

The last weeks of the school year were hard on some Big Island schools, and there’s concern about what’ll happen when they reopen Aug. 6.

Eruption Threatens Future Of Some Big Island Charter Schools USGS

Eruption Threatens Future Of Some Big Island Charter Schools

The ongoing volcanic lava flow is raising many issues for students and their families.

A Gathering Of Exceptional Students Where Grades Take A Back Seat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Gathering Of Exceptional Students Where Grades Take A Back Seat

Islander Scholars aren’t necessarily the highest academic achievers. They’re just good kids who define strong character.

Innovation Pays Off For These Hawaii Schools Hawaii Department of Education

Innovation Pays Off For These Hawaii Schools

About $1 million in state and federal funds were awarded to 13 public schools for creative projects to boost student learning and involvement.

Study: Hawaii Lacks Sufficient High-Quality Child Care Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Study: Hawaii Lacks Sufficient High-Quality Child Care

The shortage is widespread across the state, but especially in rural areas.

Hawaii Teachers Union Backs Gabbard Opponent For Congress Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teachers Union Backs Gabbard Opponent For Congress

UPDATED: In its endorsement of challenger Sherry Campagna, the union sharply criticized Gabbard’s human rights record because of her stance on Syria.