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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.

Honolulu Rail Project’s Budget Increased By 11.5 Percent Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Project’s Budget Increased By 11.5 Percent

The HART board unanimously approved a budget increase to pay for rising staff and equipment costs, as well as a bump in executive salaries.

How HECO Is Trying To Modernize Its Electric Grid Blue Planet Foundation

How HECO Is Trying To Modernize Its Electric Grid

Hawaiian Electric is drafting a new strategy after regulators rejected an earlier $736 million proposal in part because it didn’t serve solar users well.

Should Hawaii Guarantee Every Resident A Minimum Income? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Guarantee Every Resident A Minimum Income?

As technology threatens to eliminate jobs, Hawaii may be the first state to seriously study the idea.

Mayor Caldwell Sells $72,000 Of Territorial Bank Stock

Mayor Caldwell Sells $72,000 Of Territorial Bank Stock

Honolulu’s mayor also serves as a board director for the parent company of the Honolulu-based bank.

Wealthy Oahu Neighborhoods Benefit From Program Meant To Help Poor Communities Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Wealthy Oahu Neighborhoods Benefit From Program Meant To Help Poor Communities

A oft-criticized federal immigrant investor program designed to create jobs in distressed areas is instead targeting thriving places like Kakaako and Ala Moana.

Council Puts Taxpayers On The Hook To Ensure Rail Work Continues Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Puts Taxpayers On The Hook To Ensure Rail Work Continues

A bill approved Wednesday allows issuing up to $350 million in bonds to prevent the project from running out of money.

Hawaii’s ‘Innovation Potential’ Ranks Low Nationally Flickr.com

Hawaii’s ‘Innovation Potential’ Ranks Low Nationally

But as one tech industry leader said: “We’re not at the bottom.”

This Hilo Vitamin Business Has Been Losing Money For Months Since Customs Took Its Machine Hawaii NoniPower Cooperative

This Hilo Vitamin Business Has Been Losing Money For Months Since Customs Took Its Machine

The feds seized equipment ordered from China by a Hilo dietary supplement company, and the owner is being kept in the dark.

Hawaii’s Tech Sector Is Suffering From A Lack Of Top Business Execs Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Tech Sector Is Suffering From A Lack Of Top Business Execs

There is marketable technology in the islands, but commercial success requires talented entrepreneurs who are hard to find.

Could Oahu’s West Side Be The New Vacation Hot Spot For Millennials? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Could Oahu’s West Side Be The New Vacation Hot Spot For Millennials?

The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is promoting island agriculture by taking travel writers to the Leeward Coast. But will it sell?

How UH Hopes To Turn Research Into Business Startups Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How UH Hopes To Turn Research Into Business Startups

A new innovation program approved by the Legislature is aimed at encouraging faculty and staff to act as entrepreneurs.

Resort Fees: A Hidden Pain For Tourists, A Windfall For Hotels Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Resort Fees: A Hidden Pain For Tourists, A Windfall For Hotels

While consumer advocates decry costs for amenities like swimming pool access and in-room safes, the fees bring in an estimated $2.6 billion annually for hotels.

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