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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.

This Is What A Statewide Police Board Might Look Like In Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

This Is What A Statewide Police Board Might Look Like In Hawaii

A look at Arizona’s peace officer standards and training board offers a blueprint for Hawaii.

EPA Settles Syngenta Pesticide Claim For Pennies On The Dollar Nick Grube/Civil Beat

EPA Settles Syngenta Pesticide Claim For Pennies On The Dollar

The GMO company will pay $150,000 instead of the $4.8 million that had been sought for exposing Kauai workers to pesticides.

Hawaii’s Resistance To Trump Enters Cyberspace Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Resistance To Trump Enters Cyberspace

A bill to encourage net neutrality envisions the possibility of a taxpayer-owned internet service provider.

Modernizing Hawaii’s Electric Grid For Less Than $1 A Month Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Modernizing Hawaii’s Electric Grid For Less Than $1 A Month

Hawaiian Electric Co. needs to upgrade its distribution system to accommodate mushrooming rooftop solar.

Experts: New Solar Panel Tariff Won’t Hurt Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Experts: New Solar Panel Tariff Won’t Hurt Hawaii

The Trump administration recently decided to impose a 30 percent duty on imported solar panels to help U.S. panel makers.

How A Big Mainland Developer Learned To Thrive In Hawaii Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

How A Big Mainland Developer Learned To Thrive In Hawaii

Howard Hughes Corp. seems to stay on course as it navigates burial grounds and being in the path of rail.

Should UH Still Manage The Mauna Kea Summit? ©Sin Ok -stock.adobe.com

Should UH Still Manage The Mauna Kea Summit?

A Senate bill seeks to quell controversies on the mountain by removing the University of Hawaii as the manager.
Kauai’s Crackdown On Airbnbs Is Backfiring Courtesy of Alana Eagle

Kauai’s Crackdown On Airbnbs Is Backfiring

While one county is mired in disputes, legislators ponder their next moves regarding illegal vacation rentals.
General Will Review Why Hawaii Sent Out False Nuke Alarm Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

General Will Review Why Hawaii Sent Out False Nuke Alarm

The initial review ordered by Gov. David Ige is due in 30 days, with a final report due in 60 days.
False Missile Threat Mistakenly Triggered As Part Of Internal Drill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

False Missile Threat Mistakenly Triggered As Part Of Internal Drill

Hawaii Gov. David Ige and emergency officials say new safeguards should prevent a repeat of the false alert.
Is This Maui Landowner Getting A Raw Deal From The State?

Is This Maui Landowner Getting A Raw Deal From The State?

A man who lost his waterfront land may have to pay the state $1 million as part of an eminent domain case.
Audit: State Energy Office ‘Is Not Doing Its Job’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: State Energy Office ‘Is Not Doing Its Job’

A scathing report cites the office's failure to document what it's doing to help Hawaii's transition to renewable energy resources.