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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.

Why Hawaii Kids Can Still Be Denied School Lunches Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Kids Can Still Be Denied School Lunches

A 2017 law required schools give students a grace period before withholding meals for those behind in their payments.

Teachers Weary Of Pay That Makes It Tough To Stay In The Classroom — Or Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Teachers Weary Of Pay That Makes It Tough To Stay In The Classroom — Or Hawaii

During a series of DOE “listening sessions,” many teachers drew a connection between salaries and classroom conditions and Hawaii’s teacher shortage.

Even Free Tuition Isn’t Enough To Attract People To This Hawaii Teacher Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Even Free Tuition Isn’t Enough To Attract People To This Hawaii Teacher Program

A three-year-old initiative to train highly qualified teachers in Hawaii isn’t seeing a high number of applications, despite a push to recruit new candidates.

Audit: Poor Oversight Of State Law Lost DOE Millions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: Poor Oversight Of State Law Lost DOE Millions

A new state audit slams the Hawaii Department of Education for lax management of a decade-old law meant to lessen the financial burden of building new schools.

WalletHub: Hawaii Teacher Salary Goes Least Furthest In US Ku’u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

WalletHub: Hawaii Teacher Salary Goes Least Furthest In US

The state has the lowest teacher salary when adjusted for cost of living, according to the personal finance website.

Pay Increase Approved For Hawaii School Officials Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pay Increase Approved For Hawaii School Officials

The salary adjustments impact three leadership tiers below the top-level superintendent and will help with recruitment challenges, according to the DOE.

Neighbor Island Schools Could Get More Money Next Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neighbor Island Schools Could Get More Money Next Year

The funds would help offset the added costs of operating a school outside the urban hub of Oahu, such as gas and mileage to cover travel for athletic events and field trips.

DOE Shuts Down Its Long-Running Alternative Diploma Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Shuts Down Its Long-Running Alternative Diploma Program

The”C-Base program,” which was a pathway to a community school diploma for non-traditional students, is being replaced by a program that focuses on work readiness.

Report: Poor Kids Have Less Access To Sports In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Poor Kids Have Less Access To Sports In Hawaii

A lack of programs throughout the state contributes to inability to participate in high-quality sports experiences for many kids.

Hawaii Students Feel Safer At School, But Not Everywhere Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Students Feel Safer At School, But Not Everywhere

The 2018-19 School Climate Survey from the Hawaii Department of Education shows a wide discrepancy in student safety responses among public high schools.

UH Faculty, Staff Now Eligible For Home Ownership Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

UH Faculty, Staff Now Eligible For Home Ownership Program

Landed is expanding in Hawaii to include employees in higher ed.

TMT Protest Movement Spurs Enrollment In Immersion Schools PF Bentley/Civil Beat

TMT Protest Movement Spurs Enrollment In Immersion Schools

Several Hawaiian immersion schools are seeing a spike in interest this year from parents energized by opposition to construction of a telescope on Mauna Kea.