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James B. Stewart
James B. Stewart is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He has written on such subjects as the Time Warner–A.O.L. merger, the post-prison S.E.C. investigation of Michael Milken, Disney, the Clintons, and Steinway.
In 2005, Stewart published “DisneyWar,” his book on the internal rift among the top brass at the company. Selections from the book first appeared in The New Yorker. His 2002 book, “Heart of a Soldier,” which traced the life of a single victim of the September 11th attacks, grew out of his New Yorker article “The Real Heroes Are Dead.” In 1996, he published “Blood Sport: The President and His Adversaries,” a book about the Clinton White House and the Whitewater affair. He is the author of four other books, including “Den of Thieves” (1991), about Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, and the nineteen-eighties junk-bond scandal; “The Partners” (1983); “The Prosecutors” (1987); and “Blind Eye” (1999), based on an article originally published in the magazine, about Dr. Michael Swango. That book won the Edgar Allan Poe Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America.
Stewart is the Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism at Columbia University. He was a founding editor of SmartMoney, in 1992, and still writes a column for the magazine. His weekly column for SmartMoney.com also appears in the Wall Street Journal. Stewart was the front-page editor of the Wall Street Journal from 1988 until 1992. He began at the paper in 1983 and during his tenure there won many awards for his reporting. In 1987, he and the deputy news editor, Daniel Hertzberg, received a Gerald Loeb deadline-writing award for their coverage of the Ivan Boesky insider-trading scandal. In addition, Stewart and Hertzberg shared a 1988 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism and a 1987 George Polk Award for financial reporting for their coverage of the 1987 stock-market crash and their profile chronicling the downfall of the investment banker Martin Siegel. The two also received a 1988 Gerald Loeb Award.
Before joining the Journal, Stewart practiced law at the firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, in New York City. He left the firm after three years, in 1979, to become executive editor of The American Lawyer magazine.
Stewart lives in Manhattan.
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ProfilesJanuary 1, 2018 Issue
A Tech Pioneer’s Final, Unexpected Act
Upon receiving a diagnosis of brain cancer, Eric Sun set out to achieve some lifelong musical goals.
By James B. StewartDecember 25, 2017
A Reporter at LargeMarch 23, 2015 Issue
A Fight at the Opera
Peter Gelb’s bold vision for the Met comes at a cost.
By James B. StewartMarch 16, 2015
Currency
The Puzzle in the Dewey & LeBoeuf Indictments
By James B. StewartApril 6, 2014
Currency
In Dewey’s Wreckage, Indictments
By James B. StewartMarch 7, 2014
Annals of LawOctober 14, 2013 Issue
The Collapse
How a top legal firm destroyed itself.
By James B. StewartOctober 7, 2013
Our Local CorrespondentsMarch 19, 2012 Issue
Tax Me If You Can
The things rich people do to avoid paying up.
By James B. StewartMarch 12, 2012
News Desk
Jérôme Kerviel’s Giant Fine
By James B. StewartOctober 6, 2010
News Desk
Dept. of Amplification: France’s Fabulous Fab
By James B. StewartJune 11, 2010
News Desk
Goldman Sachs, A.I.G, and the Barofsky Report
By James B. StewartNovember 19, 2009
A Reporter at LargeSeptember 21, 2009 Issue
Eight Days
The battle to save the American financial system.
By James B. StewartSeptember 14, 2009
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