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Stewart Yerton

Stewart Yerton reports on business and the economy for Honolulu Civil Beat. Those are subjects he spent more than a decade reporting on — at publications in New York, New Orleans and Honolulu.

He’s written about the U.S. treasury bond market, the business of big law firms, controversies surrounding the world’s largest gold mine on the island of New Guinea and corruption in the Louisiana casino industry. His reporting on the human cadaver trade, published in The Times-Picayune newspaper, won the Society of American Business Editors & Writers 2005 Best in Business Award for Enterprise Reporting in the large newspaper category.

Stewart’s first big newspaper story, for The Birmingham (Ala.) News, was about a political battle between a small-town mayor and the volunteer firefighters who were trying to oust him from office because of the mayor’s 30-year-old conviction for making moonshine whiskey. The story briefly thrust the tiny town of Brookside, Ala., into the national spotlight when The Washington Post came to write about the comic-gothic brouhaha.

A member of the Hawaii State Bar Association since January 2012, Stewart graduated cum laude from University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law, where he earned the environmental law certificate. His paper “Procedural Standing and the Hawaii Superferry Decision: How a Surfer, a Paddler, and an Orchid Farmer Aligned Hawaii’s Standing Doctrine with Federal Principles” was published in the Asian Pacific Law & Policy Journal in 2011. In law school, Stewart externed for U.S. District Court Judge David Alan Ezra and served as the law school’s first Jarman Environmental Law Fellow. Stewart also has worked as an analyst with the Hawaii State Auditor’s office.

When not working, Stewart can often be found practicing yoga and Argentine tango, attempting to play guitar, and chauffeuring his two daughters around Oahu.

Auditor: Hawaii AG Mismanaged Asset Seizure Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Auditor: Hawaii AG Mismanaged Asset Seizure Program

The AG failed to account for forfeited property and didn’t spend $2 million for drug prevention programs as required by law, the report found.

State Changes Its Manoa Sludge Pits Plan After UH Faculty Outcry Google Maps

State Changes Its Manoa Sludge Pits Plan After UH Faculty Outcry

The Department of Land and Natural Resources finds a new temporary site for sludge it will dredge from Manoa Stream.

This Sludge Pit Plan Gets Little Love In Manoa Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

This Sludge Pit Plan Gets Little Love In Manoa

Critics question why the state didn’t conduct an environmental assessment for the Manoa Stream dredging project.

New Indictment Against Kealohas Focuses on Bank Fraud, Identify Theft Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New Indictment Against Kealohas Focuses on Bank Fraud, Identify Theft

Defense attorneys had wrongly hoped federal prosecutors were dropping conspiracy charges involving an alleged mailbox theft.

Honolulu Cop Fired For Domestic Violence Gets His Job Back

Honolulu Cop Fired For Domestic Violence Gets His Job Back

But a labor board panel has temporarily blocked Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard’s effort to release information explaining the decision.

 

Is HECO ‘Dragging Anchor’ On Push To Renewable Energy? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is HECO ‘Dragging Anchor’ On Push To Renewable Energy?

Some critics complain the utility isn’t moving fast enough to wean the state off fossil fuels, but HECO says it’s met every deadline.

Manoa Professors Raise A Stink About Sludge Pits — And Get Results Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Manoa Professors Raise A Stink About Sludge Pits — And Get Results

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources officials say they will postpone a stream dredging plan in Manoa to confer with residents.

Will There Be Enough Workers For Hawaii’s Hot Economy? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will There Be Enough Workers For Hawaii’s Hot Economy?

Low unemployment, a stagnant population and out-of-sight living costs create major recruiting challenges.

Hawaii Just Found A New Way To Fight Climate Change Courtesy: Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

Hawaii Just Found A New Way To Fight Climate Change

Offsetting carbon emissions by doing things like planting trees is the vision, but it’s far from ready to be implemented.

Kealohas Will Face Two Trials in Federal Corruption Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealohas Will Face Two Trials in Federal Corruption Case

A federal judge’s ruling that the couple should receive separate trials on various charges was a legal victory for the defendants.

 

Meet The Punk Rock Roller Skating Cheesecake Maker From Kaimuki Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Meet The Punk Rock Roller Skating Cheesecake Maker From Kaimuki

And he annoyed Chinatown gangs so much he had to move. It’s all in the film.

Ballard Promises Aggressive Recruitment To Fix Cop Shortage Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ballard Promises Aggressive Recruitment To Fix Cop Shortage

Honolulu’s police chief offers blunt assessments of homelessness and the scandal that tarnished her predecessor.