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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.

Residents And Policymakers Battle Over Hawaii Wind Energy Projects Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Residents And Policymakers Battle Over Hawaii Wind Energy Projects

Some policymakers want to keep wind turbines away from homes but energy developers say there’s not much room to maneuver on a small island.

Will Feds’ Relief Package Be Enough To Keep Hawaii’s Small Businesses Afloat? Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Will Feds’ Relief Package Be Enough To Keep Hawaii’s Small Businesses Afloat?

The package includes $377 billion for small businesses. Loan money spent on payroll and rent for the next two months doesn’t have to be paid back.

Hawaii Jobless Claims Top 80,000 As Coronavirus Sinks The Economy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Jobless Claims Top 80,000 As Coronavirus Sinks The Economy

Nationwide, the federal Department of Labor reported 3 million more unemployment claims last week, dwarfing the previous high from 1982.

The Hawaii Chamber Of Commerce Asks Ige For General Excise Tax Break Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Hawaii Chamber Of Commerce Asks Ige For General Excise Tax Break

The organization says businesses hurt by COVID-19 need support.

Hawaii Doctors Battle State Health Department Over COVID-19 Testing Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Hawaii Doctors Battle State Health Department Over COVID-19 Testing

Lt. Gov. Josh Green and doctors call for more tests to stem a wave of patients while the state health department advocates conserving testing capacity.

8 New Coronavirus Cases Reported in Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

8 New Coronavirus Cases Reported in Hawaii

The Hawaii Department of Health said the total case numbers rose to 56, including six new cases on Oahu and two on Maui.

Hawaiian Airlines Will Suspend Most Long-Haul Service Starting Thursday Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Airlines Will Suspend Most Long-Haul Service Starting Thursday

The airline, which is Hawaii’s largest private employer, faces uncertainty amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

Programs Emerge To Help Borrowers, Small Businesses Cope With COVID-19 Crisis Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Programs Emerge To Help Borrowers, Small Businesses Cope With COVID-19 Crisis

A former state attorney general says it’s important for people and small businesses to know their rights.

Hawaii’s Biggest Industry Is Reeling As The Coronavirus Spreads Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Biggest Industry Is Reeling As The Coronavirus Spreads

Hawaii’s hotel and service industry workers are losing their jobs as COVID-19 pummels the state’s tourist industry.

Judge: Hawaiian Heiress Is Not Capable Of Managing Her Own Affairs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge: Hawaiian Heiress Is Not Capable Of Managing Her Own Affairs

A state judge says the $215 million estate of Abigail Kawananakoa is being wasted and has said a conservator needs to oversee it.

Coronavirus Forecast To Take $300 Million Bite Out Of Hawaii Tax Revenues Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Coronavirus Forecast To Take $300 Million Bite Out Of Hawaii Tax Revenues

The new projections by the state Council on Revenues mean the state has less money to spend in the years ahead.

Jobs In Hawaii: The Future Looks A Lot Like The Past April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Jobs In Hawaii: The Future Looks A Lot Like The Past

Many of the state’s fastest-growing areas of employment remain in service and tourism jobs that make it tough to get by in Hawaii’s pricey economy.