Speaking truth to power.

Dear reader,

When I got my start as a reporter in 1989, I couldn’t believe how lucky I was. I was given the opportunity to go into the community, talk to people, learn what was important to them and share their stories with the world, regardless of whether it offended those in power.

In fact, speaking truth to power is what good journalists do.

I’ve had the privilege of working with brave and talented journalists in New York, Washington, New Orleans and most recently, here in Honolulu at Civil Beat. I can attest that Civil Beat is a top-tier newsroom, full of talented, mission-driven journalists worthy of community support.

It’s been a journey for me to get to this newsroom. After working as a reporter for more than 15 years, I went back to school to earn a law degree at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law. While there, I gained experience in state and federal courts, public interest organizations and a top-tier law firm. After passing the bar, I worked for the Hawaii State Auditor, doing performance audits of government agencies and reports for the Legislature. All of this work gave me a deeper understanding of how Hawaii operates, so when I had the opportunity to apply this understanding and serve the community as a reporter once again, I jumped at the chance.

Since starting in April as Civil Beat’s fulltime business reporter, I’ve covered important issues like the development of renewable energy in Hawaii and the indictment of former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine, a deputy prosecuting attorney. I also covered the special legislative session on rail funding and took a hard look at the state’s tax policy.

But, we have much more work to do. And I’m looking forward to it.

Good journalism is labor intensive. It takes a lot of committed people working hard to produce a steady flow of meaningful work. And we need your support to keep pushing forward.

Mahalo in advance for your support. And most important keep reading, listening and watching.

Happy Holidays,

Stewart Yerton

Business Reporter

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