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.

April 2021

Monday, April 5

Hawaii Parents Say ‘So Far, So Good’ As Schools Push Toward Full Reopening

March 2021

Tuesday, March 30

Hawaii’s Private Schools See Enrollment Drop More Than 20% For Preschoolers

Wednesday, March 24

University Of Hawaii Report Finds ‘Discriminatory Policing’ In Honolulu Schools

Tuesday, March 23

Did Unions’ Lack of Support Spell Trouble for School Superintendent?

Monday, March 15

DOE Doesn’t Expect Schools To Fully Reopen Until Next Year

How One Private School Is Trying To Help Public Schools Catch Up

Wednesday, March 10

From The Philippines To Lanai: State Hopes New Teaching Recruits Will Fill A Gap

Tuesday, March 9

Hawaii Schools Superintendent To Step Down After Her Contract Expires In July

Thursday, March 4

Board of Ed Defers Debate On Superintendent Contract Renewal

Wednesday, March 3

Hawaii Aims To Reopen Elementary Schools After Spring Break

Monday, March 1

Hawaii Preschools See Declines In Enrollment And Available Seats

February 2021

Thursday, February 25

Hawaii Gives Green Light To Limited In-Person Graduation Ceremonies

Tuesday, February 23

This Private School Will Soon Begin Doing COVID-19 Tests On Campus

Monday, February 22

Hawaii Always Had A Hard Time Recruiting Teachers. The Pandemic Made It Harder

Wednesday, February 17

DOE Superintendent Says Better Spacing Guidance Is Needed For School Reopenings

A DOE Bid To End Teacher Salary Incentives Is Getting Pushback

Friday, February 12

Teacher Vaccinations, New CDC Guidance Boost Hopes For Reopening Schools

How Hawaii Schools Are Teaching Kindness And Empathy In A Volatile World

Sunday, February 7

COVID-19 Was ‘The Last Straw’ For Hawaii’s Oldest Catholic School

Tuesday, February 2

First Semester DOE Data Shows Graduation Rate On Downward Slope

Monday, February 1

Hawaii Public Schools To Get $56M in Title I Funds This Year

January 2021

Tuesday, January 26

CDC Supports Reopening Schools. Hawaii Officials Say Not Yet

Thursday, January 21

Hawaii DOE Welcomes Smaller Budget Cuts But Uncertainty Remains

Wednesday, January 20

DOE To Present Grim Staffing Plan But Says Teacher Layoffs Are A ‘Last Resort’

Thursday, January 14

Teacher Training Initiative Takes Shape Under COVID-19 Federal Grant

Wednesday, January 13

The DOE Plans To Use Private Tutors To Help Struggling Students Catch Up

Tuesday, January 12

Teachers Shift Lessons to Focus on US Capitol Attack