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.

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DOH Releases New Guidance For Reopening Schools

The updated metrics come a month after initial guidelines were first issued. Those were met by pushback from the teachers union.

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Hawaii Board Of Education Votes To End Controversial Distance Learning Program

The vote was largely expected after the Department of Education conducted a more thorough review of the Acellus Learning Accelerator.

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Hawaii Ed Board Chair Expects Acellus To ‘Drop Dead’ By End Of School Year

The online curriculum, which some principals have rejected for racist content, is likely on its way out.

DOE Schools Could See Updated Health Guidance Next Week

DOE Schools Could See Updated Health Guidance Next Week

The possibility comes as almost all 257 DOE schools continue in an all-distance learning format.

Hawaii DOE Has Struggled To Cope With The Pandemic. Can It Do Better? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii DOE Has Struggled To Cope With The Pandemic. Can It Do Better?

As the district debates reopening metrics and reels from a problematic online education platform, parents are left to pick up the slack so students can continue learning.

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Hip-Hop And Hindi Fill This Second Grader’s Distance Learning Days

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced parents to figure out how to turn their homes into classrooms.

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Board of Ed Settles Sunshine Lawsuit, Will Rehear Petition

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Schatz Seeks Details On Ventilation In Classrooms

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz told private and public school leaders that proper circulation and ventilation in the schools is critical to prevent COVID-19 spread.

Hawaii Schools To Continue Mostly Distance Learning Through December Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Schools To Continue Mostly Distance Learning Through December

Education officials plan to follow new Department of Health guidelines for when it’s safe for kids to return to the classroom.