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 or follow her on Twitter at @suevlee.

October 2019

Monday, October 21

Hawaii Schools Are Making Progress In Career And Technical Education

Wednesday, October 16

UH Pay Increases For Top Executives Drawing Scrutiny

Wednesday, October 9

Why Hawaii Kids Can Still Be Denied School Lunches

Tuesday, October 1

Teachers Weary Of Pay That Makes It Tough To Stay In The Classroom — Or Hawaii

September 2019

Monday, September 30

Even Free Tuition Isn’t Enough To Attract People To This Hawaii Teacher Program

Wednesday, September 25

Audit: Poor Oversight Of State Law Lost DOE Millions

Friday, September 20

Pay Increase Approved For Hawaii School Officials

Thursday, September 19

Neighbor Island Schools Could Get More Money Next Year

Wednesday, September 18

DOE Shuts Down Its Long-Running Alternative Diploma Program

Thursday, September 12

Report: Poor Kids Have Less Access To Sports In Hawaii

Wednesday, September 11

Hawaii Students Feel Safer At School, But Not Everywhere

August 2019

Thursday, August 29

TMT Protest Movement Spurs Enrollment In Immersion Schools

Thursday, August 22

DOE Leans On Schools To Cool Their Own Classrooms

Wednesday, August 21

Budget Shortfall Forces Kapiolani Community College To Cut Classes, Jobs

Thursday, August 15

Hawaii DOE Releases Revised Data on Student Suspensions

Tuesday, August 13

Court Rules Hawaiian Immersion Access Is Constitutional Right

July 2019

Wednesday, July 31

Feds: Hawaii Still Coming Up Short In Meeting Special Education Needs

Thursday, July 25

Education Think Tank Sues The DOE For Financial Data

Wednesday, July 24

Hawaii’s Shrinking Schools Raise Questions About Student Transfer Program

Tuesday, July 23

DOE Leadership Starting Work On New 10-Year Strategic Plan

Wednesday, July 17

Hitting The Road To Stem Summer Hunger

Friday, July 12

New Pre-K Locations Announced After Expansion Bill Becomes Law

Monday, July 8

Hawaii Provided ‘Inaccurate’ Data On Student Restraint And Seclusion

June 2019

Friday, June 28

These Teachers Want To Make School ‘Cool To Talk About’

Friday, June 21

Here’s Why Student Absenteeism Is Plummeting At Waipahu Elementary

Friday, June 14

ACLU Says Hawaii Schools Are Suspending Too Many Students

May 2019

Friday, May 31

The Challenges Of Finding Hawaii’s Next Generation Of Teachers

Thursday, May 30

Teachers Who Stay In Hawaii Find Ways To Close The Culture Gap

Wednesday, May 29

Housing Costs Put A Crimp On Keeping Teachers In Hawaii

Tuesday, May 28

Homegrown Teachers Are The Norm At Molokai High

Where Hawaii’s Chronic Teacher Shortage Hits Hardest

Friday, May 24

Hawaii School Superintendent Gets High Marks In Year 2

Tuesday, May 14

Nonprofit Group Says DOE Is Withholding Key Financial Data

Thursday, May 2

Bill To Expand Public Preschool Teed Up For Full Senate Vote

More Fiscal Transparency Appears On The Way For Charter Schools

Wednesday, May 1

Partnership Aims To Help Hawaii Teachers Buy Homes

Bill To Expand Public Preschool Teed Up For Full Senate Vote

April 2019

Tuesday, April 23

Multilingual Report Cards May Be Coming Soon To Hawaii Schools

Wednesday, April 17

DOE Lays Out A 10-year ‘Road Map’ For Fixing Old Schools, Building New Ones

Tuesday, April 9

State Initiates Audit Of School Impact Fees On Developers

Friday, April 5

Ige Appoints Kamehameha Schools Official To Board of Education

Following Lawsuit, DOE Revives Its Gender Equity Committee

Monday, April 1

Charter School Clampdown Has Educators Worried About Their Independence

March 2019

Thursday, March 28

Push To Increase Spending On Schools Loses Momentum

Tuesday, March 19

The Battle Over Preschool Puts Hawaii Governor On The Hot Seat

Wednesday, March 13

School Chief Chooses Some Of The People Helping To Evaluate Her

Wednesday, March 6

Who Should Run Hawaii’s Pre-K Program?

February 2019

Tuesday, February 26

Rural Schools Take A Big Hit In Hawaii’s Funding Formula

Friday, February 15

Overdue Report Holds Up Hawaii Plan To Prevent Gender Discrimination

Monday, February 11

Nonprofits Protest Coca-Cola’s Sponsorship Of The Great Aloha Run

Wednesday, February 6

These Waipahu Students Got A Head Start On Health Care Job Training

Tuesday, February 5

Civil Beat Sues To Get Teacher Misconduct Records

January 2019

Thursday, January 31

Here’s How Public Preschools Could Rapidly Expand In Hawaii

Tuesday, January 29

Why Hawaii Student Journalists Feel The Need To Censor Themselves

Friday, January 25

Hawaii’s Never-Ending Teacher Shortage Leaves Many Lawmakers Frustrated

Thursday, January 17

Hawaii School Superintendent’s Contract Extended For One Year

Wednesday, January 16

Education Officials Are Keeping Teacher Misconduct A Secret

Friday, January 11

School Board To Revote On Superintendent’s Contract — This Time Publicly

Tuesday, January 8

Hawaii’s Schools Chief Could Get One-Year Contract Extension