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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.

This North Shore Community Has Had Enough Of Towering Wind Turbines Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat2021

This North Shore Community Has Had Enough Of Towering Wind Turbines

But clean energy advocates and power producers are pushing back against new Honolulu City Council proposals meant to protect communities from large wind energy projects.

Power Struggle: A Major Source Of Air Pollution On Oahu Is Also Keeping The Lights On Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Power Struggle: A Major Source Of Air Pollution On Oahu Is Also Keeping The Lights On

A new proposal to keep the electric plant operating is drawing strong opposition from clean-energy advocates.

Survey: More Than 80% Of Firms Struggle To Find Workers Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Survey: More Than 80% Of Firms Struggle To Find Workers

As of April Hawaii had about 53,000 unemployed workers and 27,400 openings.

Lt. Gov.: More Travel From Continent May Open Soon Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lt. Gov.: More Travel From Continent May Open Soon

All travelers from the continent soon may be able to skip Hawaii’s 10-day quarantine by showing proof of vaccination, Hawaii’s COVID-19 liaison said.

Do We Want More Local Food Or Cheaper Power? Two Hawaii Priorities Conflict Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Do We Want More Local Food Or Cheaper Power? Two Hawaii Priorities Conflict

Renewable energy companies say Honolulu’s plan to designate 12% of Oahu as “Important Agricultural Lands” could hinder the state’s ability to meet its clean energy goals.

New York Firm To Buy Hawaii Gas Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New York Firm To Buy Hawaii Gas

The companies said the deal would not affect local customers, workers or management.

$9 For A Loaf Of Bread? Here’s Why It’s So Expensive To Eat At Home These Days

$9 For A Loaf Of Bread? Here’s Why It’s So Expensive To Eat At Home These Days

Bottlenecks throughout supply chains combined with rising demand are pushing up the cost of groceries.

House Finance Chair: Fewer Tourists Is ‘What People Want’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

House Finance Chair: Fewer Tourists Is ‘What People Want’

But the tourism industry opposes a bill on Gov. David Ige’s desk that aims to reduce tourism through higher taxes and fees on visitors.

Plan For Hawaii’s ‘Important Agricultural Lands’ Is On Hold Pending An AG Opinion Courtesy: Hawaii Land Use Commission

Plan For Hawaii’s ‘Important Agricultural Lands’ Is On Hold Pending An AG Opinion

The effort to protect ag land and encourage farming — which has been in the works for more than a decade — is facing growing opposition.