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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.

Can An Algae Supplement Turn Around A Struggling Hawaii Startup? Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Can An Algae Supplement Turn Around A Struggling Hawaii Startup?

Cardax, after burning through nearly $58 million, is finally making money and trying to expand sales on the mainland.

Hawaii Governor’s Race: Clear Differences On Energy Policy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor’s Race: Clear Differences On Energy Policy

Among the biggest splits between the two Democratic contenders is whether natural gas should be part of the state’s energy future.

Is Wireless Phone Giant Using Hawaii To Greenwash Its Image? Verizon Communications

Is Wireless Phone Giant Using Hawaii To Greenwash Its Image?

An environmental group says a national ad by Verizon Communications misleads viewers about the company’s policies.

How Gov Candidates Would Grow Hawaii’s Economy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Gov Candidates Would Grow Hawaii’s Economy

The next governor will face the challenge of not just creating new jobs, but creating high-paying jobs that allow people to afford to live in Hawaii.

Democratic Contenders For Congress Duke It Out

Democratic Contenders For Congress Duke It Out

A debate Monday featured sharp attacks on the candidates’ records, as well as disagreements about the scale of the military presence in Hawaii.

Economists: Public Employee Union Membership Is Bound To Drop Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Economists: Public Employee Union Membership Is Bound To Drop

Compulsory union dues are a thing of the past due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. But some say a pro-union culture in the islands will prevail.

How Hawaii Governor Candidates Would Handle Burgeoning Pension Debt PF Bentley/Civil Beat

How Hawaii Governor Candidates Would Handle Burgeoning Pension Debt

Whoever wins the race for governor will have to balance a budget that includes billion-dollar payments for retired state workers.

Saving Hawaii’s GOP: A Tough Job For 3 Candidates For Governor Civil Beat

Saving Hawaii’s GOP: A Tough Job For 3 Candidates For Governor

A west Oahu lawmaker, a perennial candidate and a former education official are vying to become just the third Republican governor since statehood.

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.