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.