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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 Has The Lowest Health Care Costs, Thanks To Strong State Laws Commonwealth Fund

Hawaii Has The Lowest Health Care Costs, Thanks To Strong State Laws

Costs of employee contributions to health plans are among the nation’s lowest, according to a new report.

New Ruling In Maui Water Case Still Doesn’t Resolve Old Dispute Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Ruling In Maui Water Case Still Doesn’t Resolve Old Dispute

The state appellate court has asked a lower court to answer key questions.

No One Knows How Many Homes Are Sitting Empty Despite Housing Shortage Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No One Knows How Many Homes Are Sitting Empty Despite Housing Shortage

There’s a big discrepancy between city and federal estimates of vacancy rates.

Kakaako’s Empty Condos: ‘At Night, It’s A Ghost Town Down Here’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kakaako’s Empty Condos: ‘At Night, It’s A Ghost Town Down Here’

Merchants say they leased new space in Ward Village expecting to benefit from the proximity of hordes of condo-dwellers. Now they wonder where they are.

HTA: Visitors In Vacation Homes Spend Less Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HTA: Visitors In Vacation Homes Spend Less

Hawaii Tourism Authority data might seem merely to quantify the obvious, but the data could explain a trend that concerns local economists

Economists: Higher Revenue Estimates Do Not Signal Economic Growth In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Economists: Higher Revenue Estimates Do Not Signal Economic Growth In Hawaii

Experts attribute unexpected revenue boost to increased income tax rate for higher-income earners.

Hawaiian Electric’s Ambitious Plan To Quit Using Coal Is A ‘Moon Mission’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Electric’s Ambitious Plan To Quit Using Coal Is A ‘Moon Mission’

To replace a coal plant set to close in 2022, HECO is seeking private developers to build a new wave of renewable energy generation and storage facilities around the islands.

Can These Unlikely Partners Help Diversify Hawaii’s Economy?

Can These Unlikely Partners Help Diversify Hawaii’s Economy?

The state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism believes a new building in Kakaako will be a hub for innovation.

CBS Renews ‘Hawaii Five-0’ www.cbs.com

CBS Renews ‘Hawaii Five-0’

The big-budget drama will continue to film in Hawaii for at least another year.

Wind Farm Submits Study On Endangered Species Impacts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Wind Farm Submits Study On Endangered Species Impacts

North Shore windmills expect to kill more endangered bats and birds than originally expected.

City Council Defers Measures to Crack Down On Vacation Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Council Defers Measures to Crack Down On Vacation Rentals

Council members hear heated testimony from supporters of the rentals who say their livelihoods are at stake, and opponents who say they worsen the housing shortage.