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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.

Hawaii’s Contact Tracing Effort Falls Short Of National Standards

Hawaii’s Contact Tracing Effort Falls Short Of National Standards

The state Department of Health is trying to hire new staff to address a shortage as the virus spreads.

The State Has A Plan For When To Reopen Or Reclose. Why Aren’t We Following It? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The State Has A Plan For When To Reopen Or Reclose. Why Aren’t We Following It?

Available data suggests Oahu should impose stricter measures, according to the state’s plan.

COVID-19 Has Overwhelmed One Essential Strategy To Control The Virus Cory Lum/Civil Beat

COVID-19 Has Overwhelmed One Essential Strategy To Control The Virus

State and local officials who warned months ago that the state needed more contact tracers are frustrated and angry with the state health department.

Widespread, Frequent COVID-19 Testing ‘Can Wipe This Off The Planet’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Widespread, Frequent COVID-19 Testing ‘Can Wipe This Off The Planet’

Amid surging cases and widespread dissatisfaction with Gov. David Ige’s plans for schools and tourism, doctors and economists want ramped-up testing.

House COVID-19 Committee: We Need More Info From Health Department Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House COVID-19 Committee: We Need More Info From Health Department

House Speaker Scott Saiki says he is concerned that the state Department of Health is refusing to release the kind of information people need to make good decisions.

Our Struggling Economy: The First ‘Cliff’ Is Almost Here And A Second One Is Looming Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Our Struggling Economy: The First ‘Cliff’ Is Almost Here And A Second One Is Looming

Billions in federal relief dollars run out this week while community and political leaders work to soften a second possibly worse blow at the end of the year.

Here’s How Honolulu’s Mayoral Candidates Want To Help The Economy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s How Honolulu’s Mayoral Candidates Want To Help The Economy

Mayoral candidates differ on taxes and growing the economy, but agree that tourism had grown too big before the COVID-19 crisis.

How This Special Legislative Committee Has Worked To Keep Hawaii’s Economy Afloat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How This Special Legislative Committee Has Worked To Keep Hawaii’s Economy Afloat

The House COVID-19 committee has drawn on the expertise and clout of its members to work behind the scenes and help the Ige administration work through the state’s biggest challenges.

Hawaii Governor Delays Plan To Reopen To Tourists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor Delays Plan To Reopen To Tourists

All travelers — visitors as well as residents — will not be able to bypass quarantine with a negative test result until September.