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.

‘We Keep Trying’: Hawaii Sees Spike In School Absenteeism Due To The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘We Keep Trying’: Hawaii Sees Spike In School Absenteeism Due To The Pandemic

The challenge of this year is reflected in new statewide data showing 20% of Hawaii’s students are at “high risk” for chronic absenteeism.

Hawaii Board of Education Approves Pay Boosts For Complex Area Leaders Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Board of Education Approves Pay Boosts For Complex Area Leaders

The issue drew heated discussion from some board members over the “optics” of leadership pay raises in the current economic climate.

Hawaii’s Search For A New School Superintendent Could Take Nearly A Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Search For A New School Superintendent Could Take Nearly A Year

The state Board of Education’s transition committee proposed filling the role on a temporary basis to allow more time to search for a permanent hire.

Summer Program Will Give Kindergarteners A Crash Course In Attending School Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Summer Program Will Give Kindergarteners A Crash Course In Attending School

The 15-day program will be supported by federal stimulus funds intended to address pandemic learning loss among Hawaii’s disproportionately impacted youth.

Hawaii Senate VP Says Ige Is ‘Skirting’ Board of Education Nomination Process Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate VP Says Ige Is ‘Skirting’ Board of Education Nomination Process

The statement came after the governor didn’t submit enough nominees for consideration for upcoming vacancies.

Hawaii Parents Say ‘So Far, So Good’ As Schools Push Toward Full Reopening Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Parents Say ‘So Far, So Good’ As Schools Push Toward Full Reopening

Schools had to get creative to accommodate more in-person students while maintaining safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Hawaii’s Private Schools See Enrollment Drop More Than 20% For Preschoolers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Private Schools See Enrollment Drop More Than 20% For Preschoolers

The changes varied school to school and island to island, based on a new report by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.

University Of Hawaii Report Finds ‘Discriminatory Policing’ In Honolulu Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

University Of Hawaii Report Finds ‘Discriminatory Policing’ In Honolulu Schools

Researchers said Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and Black students were disproportionately cited for offenses like running away from home or truancy.

Did Unions’ Lack of Support Spell Trouble for School Superintendent? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Did Unions’ Lack of Support Spell Trouble for School Superintendent?

Some education insiders said while union opposition was damaging, it was not “as simple as unions throwing their weight around.”