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.

Frustration Grows Among Hawaii Parents Who Aren’t Ready To Send Their Kids Back To Class Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Frustration Grows Among Hawaii Parents Who Aren’t Ready To Send Their Kids Back To Class

The DOE has mandated that all schools be fully open in the fall, but many families want their kids to still attend classes remotely.

Waipahu High Principal Is Confirmed As Interim Superintendent Of Hawaii’s Schools Screenshot

Waipahu High Principal Is Confirmed As Interim Superintendent Of Hawaii’s Schools

Keith Hayashi told reporters he believes communication is “important in building positive relationships and trust.”

Education Program for At-Risk Youth Shuts Down After 50 Years in Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Education Program for At-Risk Youth Shuts Down After 50 Years in Honolulu

The closure of one of Honolulu’s few alternative education programs comes as a setback after a challenging pandemic year for all students.

Despite Low Turnout, Hawaii’s Teachers Ratify New Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Despite Low Turnout, Hawaii’s Teachers Ratify New Contract

The new two-year agreement, which one union representative acknowledged was “disappointing for many,” takes effect on July 1.

Hawaii Hopes New Commission Will Improve Civic Engagement And Respect For Democracy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Hopes New Commission Will Improve Civic Engagement And Respect For Democracy

The commission known as PACE was formed through the adoption of a Hawaii Supreme Court rule earlier this year, a day after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Hawaii School Chief Stands By Full Reopening Despite Calls For Distance Learning Options Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii School Chief Stands By Full Reopening Despite Calls For Distance Learning Options

Christina Kishimoto’s remarks to the Board of Education provided more context on her pledge to fully reopen schools next year without a distance learning option.

Hawaii Teacher Salaries Won’t Change If New Contract Is Approved Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Teacher Salaries Won’t Change If New Contract Is Approved

The Hawaii State Teachers Association has reached a preliminary agreement with state officials on a new contract for the next two years, but it still must be approved by members.

Veteran Education Administrator Is Nominated To Be Interim DOE Superintendent Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

Veteran Education Administrator Is Nominated To Be Interim DOE Superintendent

If approved by the Board of Education as expected, Waipahu High School principal Keith Hayashi will step into the role after Christina Kishimoto steps down at the end of July.