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.

This Oahu Charter School Just Lost Out On $1.4 Million In State Funding April Estrellon/Civil Beat/2017

This Oahu Charter School Just Lost Out On $1.4 Million In State Funding

Kamalani Academy’s enrollment has grown but the Hawaii charter school commission says it can’t count roughly half the students.

What Salary Records Tell Us About Who Earns The Big Bucks In The DOE Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2015

What Salary Records Tell Us About Who Earns The Big Bucks In The DOE

Some newer administrative roles in the DOE’s salary records in recent years fetch high salaries.

Are You a Laid-Off Hotel Worker? Hawaii’s Education Department Wants You Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Are You a Laid-Off Hotel Worker? Hawaii’s Education Department Wants You

State education officials are partnering with Unite Here Local 5 to match unemployed hospitality workers with jobs at public schools facing labor shortages.

The DOE Hopes A New Campaign Will Help Recruit Teachers To Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

The DOE Hopes A New Campaign Will Help Recruit Teachers To Hawaii

The goal isn’t only getting teachers to the islands but also persuading them to stay by providing mentors and facts about the high cost of living.

How One School’s Academic Turnaround Helped It Weather The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

How One School’s Academic Turnaround Helped It Weather The Pandemic

Pauoa Elementary was on an upward trend in student proficiency even pre-pandemic. It focused on a few core strategies to turn around its flagging performance.

Here’s How Hawaii Schools Will Distribute Covid Vaccines To Younger Kids Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Here’s How Hawaii Schools Will Distribute Covid Vaccines To Younger Kids

Schools will be the main staging ground for administering the vaccine after the federal government authorizes it for ages 5-11.

The DOE’s Covid Travel Rules For Unvaccinated Students Can Be Costly Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

The DOE’s Covid Travel Rules For Unvaccinated Students Can Be Costly

Requirements for a negative Covid test or 10-day quarantine before returning to school after out-of-state travel pose a hardship for families with kids not yet eligible to get a shot.

‘Extremely Alarming’ Test Scores Show Challenges Ahead For Hawaii Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

‘Extremely Alarming’ Test Scores Show Challenges Ahead For Hawaii Schools

Education advocates say it will take “the entire community mobilizing” to get kids back on track after major setbacks during the pandemic.

Wahi A Nā Mākua, ʻAʻole Lawa Kā DOE Mālama ʻAna I Polokalamu Pūnaewele No Nā Kula Kaiapuni April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Wahi A Nā Mākua, ʻAʻole Lawa Kā DOE Mālama ʻAna I Polokalamu Pūnaewele No Nā Kula Kaiapuni

Aia wale nō a namunamu nā mākua e hopohopo ana i ka maʻi ʻo COVID-19, ua hoʻolale ʻia ka hoʻomaka ʻana i kahi polokalamu pūnaewele no nā kula kaiapuni ma kēia makahiki.