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.

Hawaii School System Convenes First-Ever Data Retreat Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Hawaii School System Convenes First-Ever Data Retreat

School officials and state board members got a deep look at statewide student performance, but some left wanting more.

Why Nearly Half The Kids In An Island State Can’t Swim Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Nearly Half The Kids In An Island State Can’t Swim

Some Hawaii schools are working with community groups to make swim lessons more affordable and more widely available.

About Two-Thirds Of Hawaii Middle Schoolers Feel Safe At School Cory Lum/Civil Beat

About Two-Thirds Of Hawaii Middle Schoolers Feel Safe At School

The results of the 2018-19 school climate survey by DOE were similar to the previous year’s results.

Hawaii’s Older Students Lag On ‘Nation’s Report Card’ Ku’u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Older Students Lag On ‘Nation’s Report Card’

The results on the 2019 “Nation’s Report Card” showed little difference from the 2017 results.

Hawaii Schools May Soon Experience A Wave of Retirements Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Hawaii Schools May Soon Experience A Wave of Retirements

Three of the state’s 15 complex area superintendents are leaving this school year. Many more school officials will soon be eligible to retire.

Connecting Local Kids To Well-Paying Jobs In Hawaii Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Connecting Local Kids To Well-Paying Jobs In Hawaii

Education and business leaders recently came together to brainstorm how to fill companies’ needs with young people trained in Hawaii.

Kauai Students’ Teacher Housing Proposal Recognized Courtesy of The Department of Land and Natural Resources

Kauai Students’ Teacher Housing Proposal Recognized

The Kauai Community College students earned second-place at a national entrepreneurship challenge.

Hawaii Schools Are Making Progress In Career And Technical Education Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Schools Are Making Progress In Career And Technical Education

Completion of a vocational education program was the only area where DOE students showed improvement in the 2018-19 school year.

UH Pay Increases For Top Executives Drawing Scrutiny Cory Lum/Civil Beat

UH Pay Increases For Top Executives Drawing Scrutiny

The double-digit percentage pay increases are permissible under a UH policy giving discretion to the university president to elevate pay.

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.