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James B. Stewart
Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and “Common Sense” Columnist, Business Section, The New York Times; Author
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author James B. Stewart combines the skills of an investigative reporter with the style and sensibility of a novelist, examining events in finance, law, and politics that shape American society. The San Francisco Examiner called him "the journalist every journalist would like to be," and The Daily Beast named him one of the 15 "most important writers on business and economics."
Mr. Stewart's New York Times column, “Common Sense,” appears weekly in the Business Day section. He provides skillful coverage of corporate America and Wall Street, often exploring the use and abuse of power at the highest levels of business and government. A former Wall Street Journal reporter and front-page editor, Mr. Stewart received two Gerald Loeb Awards, the George Polk Award for financial reporting, and a Pulitzer Prize with his deputy editor during his time at the paper.
As a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Mr. Stewart has written penetrating profiles of Blackstone Group's Stephen Schwarzman and Jérôme Kerviel, the rogue trader who lost billions of euros for Société Générale. His acclaimed cover story, "Eight Days: The Battle to Save the American Financial System," captured behind-the-scenes dealings that prompted unprecedented government intervention following the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
The author of 11 books, Mr. Stewart’s New York Times bestseller, DisneyWar, about Michael Eisner’s reign at the company, won the Gerald Loeb Award for Best Business Book. Heart of a Soldier was named the “Best Book about 9/11” by TIME magazine. His other bestsellers include Blood Sport and Den of Thieves, the definitive account of 1980s Wall Street insider trading scandals.
Mr. Stewart’s latest book, Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff, analyzes America’s perjury trend, which he suggests is symptomatic of an ethical breakdown compromising the country’s judicial system as well as business, government, academia and medicine.
A Harvard-educated lawyer, Mr. Stewart is the Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School. In 2011 the New York Financial Writers Association honored Mr. Stewart with the Elliott V. Bell Award for lifetime contributions to the field of financial journalism.