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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.

Legislature’s New Approach: Inspect Budgets In Bite-Sized Chunks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature’s New Approach: Inspect Budgets In Bite-Sized Chunks

Dozens of programs and offices are getting closer scrutiny under a new House process that’s less reliant on the Finance Committee.

Katherine Kealoha And Her Brother Are Free Pending Trial On Drug Charges Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Katherine Kealoha And Her Brother Are Free Pending Trial On Drug Charges

The former city prosecutor and Dr. Rudolph Puana are accused of running an illegal opioid racket out of his medical clinic.

Hawaii’s ‘Unprecedented’ Push To Suspend Keith Kaneshiro Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s ‘Unprecedented’ Push To Suspend Keith Kaneshiro

State Attorney General Clare Connors contends the Honolulu prosecuting attorney should be temporarily removed from office because of his potential entanglement in a federal corruption case.

Hawaii AG Asks Supreme Court To Suspend Honolulu Prosecutor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii AG Asks Supreme Court To Suspend Honolulu Prosecutor

UPDATED: Keith Kaneshiro is under scrutiny as part of a years-long federal investigation into alleged corruption involving the police and prosecutors.

Growing Our Own: Hawaii Still Lacks Enough Local Food Production Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Growing Our Own: Hawaii Still Lacks Enough Local Food Production

Gov. David Ige has a vision for sustainability but progress has been slow.

Court Ruling On Water Heaters Will Help ‘Protect The Climate’ Flickr.com

Court Ruling On Water Heaters Will Help ‘Protect The Climate’

The state has been wrongly approving too many gas hot water heaters in new homes, a judge says.

House Speaker: Really, Judges Are My BFFs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Speaker: Really, Judges Are My BFFs

Scott Saiki says he works well with Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald despite tension over court decisions that sparked a turf fight between the two branches.

Hawaii Energy Office — And Other Programs — May Face The Budget Ax Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Energy Office — And Other Programs — May Face The Budget Ax

Money for several programs will be eliminated from a current House budget bill as lawmakers press the fiscal reset button and ask agencies to justify their funding.

Government Shutdown Won’t Stall Kealoha Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Government Shutdown Won’t Stall Kealoha Trial

A federal judge on Friday said he would guarantee that all attorneys and expert witnesses would be paid for their services.

Labor Board: Police Chief Did Nothing Wrong When She Transferred SHOPO President Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Labor Board: Police Chief Did Nothing Wrong When She Transferred SHOPO President

It was OK for Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard to publicly explain why she felt it necessary to reassign Tenari Ma’afala and other union officials.

Budget Hawk Sylvia Luke: ‘I Try To Know More Than Them’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Budget Hawk Sylvia Luke: ‘I Try To Know More Than Them’

The House Finance Committee chair can be fearsome in budget briefings. She’s also not afraid to dive deep into state money matters, like the $3 billion tucked away in special funds.

Federal Shutdown Claims New Victim: Katherine Kealoha’s Right To A Fair Trial Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Federal Shutdown Claims New Victim: Katherine Kealoha’s Right To A Fair Trial

With her federally funded attorney not getting paid and other expenses on hold, Kealoha wants her trial postponed.