James B. Stewart

James Bennett Stewart (born c. 1952) is an American lawyer, journalist, and author.

James B. Stewart
BornJames Bennett Stewart
c. 1952 (age 66–67)
Quincy, Illinois
OccupationNon-fiction writer
Alma materDePauw University
Notable worksDen of Thieves
Notable awardsPulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism (1988)

Early life and education

Stewart was born in Quincy, Illinois. He graduated from DePauw University and Harvard Law School.


He is a member of the Bar of New York, the Bloomberg Professor of Business and Economic Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism,[1] Editor-at-Large of SmartMoney magazine, and author of Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff (2011).[2] He is a former associate at New York law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, which he left in 1979 to become executive editor of The American Lawyer magazine.[3] He later joined The Wall Street Journal, where earned the 1987 Gerald Loeb Award for Deadline and/or Beat Writing.[4] He shared the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism and the Gerald Loeb Award for Large Newspapers for his articles about the 1987 dramatic upheaval in the stock market and insider trading. These writings led to the publishing of his best-selling work of non-fiction called Den of Thieves (1991), which recounted the criminal conduct of Wall Street arbitrager Ivan Boesky and junk bond king Michael Milken.[5] Stewart became page one editor of The Wall Street Journal in 1988 and remained at the paper until 1992, when he left to help found SmartMoney.[6]

Stewart's book, Blind Eye: The Terrifying Story Of A Doctor Who Got Away With Murder (1999), won the 2000 Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime category. DisneyWar (2005), his book on Michael Eisner's reign at Disney, won the Gerald Loeb Award for Best Business Book.[7] In 2007, he was ranked 21st on Out magazine's 50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America.[8] He is currently a contributor to The New Yorker and a columnist for The New York Times, which he joined in 2011.[9] Stewart also serves on the board of advisory trustees of his alma mater, DePauw University, and is past president of that board.[10]

Published works

  • Stewart, James (2011). Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff. New York: Penguin Press. ISBN 978-1-59420-269-8.
  • Stewart, James (2005). DisneyWar. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-80993-1.
  • Stewart, James (2002). Heart of a Soldier: A Story of Love, Heroism, and September 11th. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-4098-7.; a biography of Rick Rescorla, Morgan Stanley security director who died at WTC
  • Stewart, James (1999). Blind Eye: How the Medical Establishment Let a Doctor Get Away With Murder. New York City: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-85484-8.
  • Stewart, James (1998). Follow the Story: How to Write Successful Nonfiction. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-85067-2.
  • Stewart, James (1997). Blood Sport: The President and His Adversaries. London: Touchstone. ISBN 0-684-83139-2.
  • Stewart, James (1991). Den of Thieves. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-63802-5.
  • Stewart, James (1987). Prosecutors. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-66835-8.
  • Stewart, James (1983). The Partners: Inside America's Most Powerful Law Firms. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-42023-2.


Stewart was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln (the State’s highest honor) by the Governor of Illinois in 2002 in the area of Communications.[11]

In 1996 Stewart received an honorary doctorate from Quincy University.

Stewart has earned four Gerald Loeb Awards: the 1987 Deadline and/or Beat Writing award for "Coverage of Wall Street Insider Trading Scandal",[4] the 1988 Large Newspapers award for "Terrible Tuesday",[12][13][14] the 2006 Business Book award for "DisneyWar",[15] and the 2016 Commentary award for "Inside the Boardroom".[16]


  1. ^ "James B. Stewart". indstate.edu.
  2. ^ Stewart, James B. (April 19, 2011). Tangled Webs: How False Statements Are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff.
  3. ^ "Times Hires James B. Stewart, Financial Writer". MediaDecoder. May 10, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Times Wins Loeb Award". Los Angeles Times. May 1, 1987. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Interview with Stewart on Den of Thieves". Booknotes. November 24, 1991. Archived from the original on November 15, 2011.
  6. ^ "Times Hires James B. Stewart, Financial Writer". MediaDecoder. May 10, 2011.
  7. ^ "James B. Stewart: Gerald Loeb Award finalist". UCLA. Archived from the original on 2009-09-23.
  8. ^ Oxfield, Jesse; Idov, Michael (March 4, 2007). "'Out' Ranks the Top 50 Gays; Anderson Is No. 2". New York Magazine. Archived from the original on June 6, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2007.
  9. ^ "Times Hires James B. Stewart, Financial Writer". MediaDecoder. May 10, 2011.
  10. ^ "Board of Trustees". DePauw University. Archived from the original on 2010-12-22.
  11. ^ "Laureates by Year - The Lincoln Academy of Illinois". The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  12. ^ "Times Writer Wins Loeb Award". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times. 10 May 1988. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  13. ^ "James B. Stewart". The New Yorker. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  14. ^ "Historical Winners List". UCLA Anderson School of Management. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  15. ^ Lowe, Mary Ann (June 27, 2006). "2006 Gerald Loeb Award Winners Announced by UCLA Anderson School of Management". UCLA. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  16. ^ Daillak, Jonathan (June 29, 2016). "UCLA Anderson School honors 2016 Gerald Loeb Award winners". UCLA. Retrieved January 31, 2019.

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1988 Pulitzer Prize

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1991 in literature

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2002 in literature

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Cabell County Courthouse

The Cabell County Courthouse in Huntington, West Virginia was built in the Beaux-Arts Classical style in 1899. Originally designed by Gunn and Curtis of Kansas City, and has been expanded in several phases. The construction of the courthouse was supervised by local Huntington architect James B. Stewart.

Daniel Hertzberg

Daniel Hertzberg, an American journalist, is the former senior deputy managing editor and later deputy managing editor for international news at The Wall Street Journal. Starting in July 2009, Hertzberg served as senior editor-at-large and then as executive editor for finance at Bloomberg News in New York,, before retiring in February 2014. Hertzberg is a 1968 graduate of the University of Chicago.

Den of Thieves (Stewart book)

Den of Thieves is a bestselling 1992 non-fiction book by Pulitzer prize-winning writer James B. Stewart.


DisneyWar is an exposé of Michael Eisner's 20-year tenure as chairman and CEO at The Walt Disney Company by James B. Stewart. The book chronicles the careers and interactions of executives at Disney, including Card Walker, Ron W. Miller, Roy E. Disney, Frank Wells, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Michael Ovitz, Joe Roth, Robert Iger and Stan Kinsey.

The book was released in 2005, and was published by Simon & Schuster. Its uniqueness was attributed to the large amount of access allowed to Stewart in putting the book together.

Gerald Loeb Award winners for Business Books

The Gerald Loeb Award is given annually for multiple categories of business reporting. A Special Book Award was given in 1969. An award for Books was given in 1974, and the category was called Business Book in 2006–2012.

James Wilcox

James Wilcox (born April 4, 1949 in Hammond, Louisiana) is an American novelist and a professor at LSU in Baton Rouge. James Wilcox worked at Random House and Doubleday in New York after graduating from Yale. Wilcox was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1986.

Wilcox is the author of nine comic novels mostly set in, or featuring characters from, the fictional town of Tula Springs, Louisiana:

Modern Baptists (1983)

North Gladiola (1985)

Miss Undine's Living Room (1987)

Sort of Rich (1989)

Polite Sex (1991)

Guest of a Sinner (1993)

Plain and Normal (1998)

Heavenly Days (2003)

Hunk City (2007)Wilcox's first book Modern Baptists remains his best known work.

Guest of a Sinner is set in NYC with characters from Tallahassee. Polite Sex and Plain and Normal are set mainly in NYC, but they do have a few characters who come from Tula Springs.Wilcox is also the author of three short stories that were published in The New Yorker between 1981 and 1986. He was the subject of an article by James B. Stewart in The New Yorker's 1994 summer fiction issue; entitled "Moby Dick in Manhattan", it detailed his struggle to survive as a writer devoted purely to literary fiction.

Wilcox’s book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, and Elle. He has been a judge for the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for the best first-published book of fiction by an American writer published in 1991; for the 1994 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award; for the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society novella contest in 1999; and for the Eudora Welty Prize for Fiction given by The Southern Review in 2005. He was the recipient of an ATLAS grant for 2007-08. Wilcox was the recipient of the 2011 Louisiana Writer Award presented by the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana at its annual Louisiana Book Festival in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the state’s literary heritage exemplified by his body of work.

He was the Robert Penn Warren Professor at LSU from 2004–2007 and then Donald and Velvia Crumbley Professor from 2007–2010. LSU recognized him as the 2008 Distinguished Research Master of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences. In 2009 he won an LSU Distinguished Faculty Award. Wilcox currently has held the MacCurdy Distinguished Professorship since 2010.He also serves as Director of Creative Writing at LSU.

Lee Raymond

Lee R. Raymond (born August 13, 1938) is an American businessman, and the chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman of ExxonMobil from 1999 to 2005. He had previously been the CEO of Exxon since 1993. He joined the company in 1963 and has been president since 1987, and a director since 1984.

Madoff investment scandal

The Madoff investment scandal was a major case of stock and securities fraud discovered in late 2008. In December of that year, Bernard Madoff, the former NASDAQ Chairman and founder of the Wall Street firm Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, admitted that the wealth management arm of his business was an elaborate Ponzi scheme.

Madoff founded the Wall Street firm Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC in 1960, and was its chairman until his arrest. The firm employed Madoff's brother Peter as senior managing director and chief compliance officer, Peter's daughter Shana Madoff as rules and compliance officer and attorney, and Madoff's sons Andrew and Mark. Peter has since been sentenced to 10 years in prison, and Mark committed suicide by hanging exactly two years after his father's arrest.

Alerted by his sons, federal authorities arrested Madoff on December 11, 2008. On March 12, 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal crimes and admitted to operating the largest private Ponzi scheme in history. On June 29, 2009, he was sentenced to 150 years in prison with restitution of $170 billion. According to the original federal charges, Madoff said that his firm had "liabilities of approximately US$50 billion". Prosecutors estimated the size of the fraud to be $64.8 billion, based on the amounts in the accounts of Madoff's 4,800 clients as of November 30, 2008. Ignoring opportunity costs and taxes paid on fictitious profits, half of Madoff's direct investors lost no money, with Madoff's repeated (and repeatedly ignored) whistleblower, Harry Markopolos, estimating that at least $35 billion of the money Madoff claimed to have stolen never really existed, but was simply fictional profits he reported to his clients.Investigators have determined others were involved in the scheme. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has also been criticized for not investigating Madoff more thoroughly. Questions about his firm had been raised as early as 1999. Madoff's business was one of the top market makers on Wall Street and in 2008 was the sixth-largest.Madoff's personal and business asset freeze created a chain reaction throughout the world's business and philanthropic community, forcing many organizations to at least temporarily close, including the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, the Picower Foundation, and the JEHT Foundation.

Michael Milken

Michael Robert Milken (born July 4, 1946) is an American financier and philanthropist. He is noted for his role in the development of the market for high-yield bonds ("junk bonds"), his conviction following a guilty plea on felony charges for violating U.S. securities laws, and his charitable giving.Milken was indicted for racketeering and securities fraud in 1989 in an insider trading investigation. As the result of a plea bargain, he pleaded guilty to securities and reporting violations but not to racketeering or insider trading. Milken was sentenced to ten years in prison, fined $600 million, and permanently barred from the securities industry by the Securities and Exchange Commission. His sentence was later reduced to two years for cooperating with testimony against his former colleagues and for good behavior. Supporters, like George Gilder in his book, Telecosm (2000), state that "Milken was a key source of the organizational changes that have impelled economic growth over the last twenty years. Most striking was the productivity surge in capital, as Milken ... and others took the vast sums trapped in old-line businesses and put them back into the markets." Since his release from prison, Milken has funded medical research.He is co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation, chairman of the Milken Institute, and founder of medical philanthropies funding research into melanoma, cancer and other life-threatening diseases. A prostate cancer survivor, Milken has devoted significant resources to research on the disease. In a November 2004 cover article, Fortune magazine called him "The Man Who Changed Medicine" for changes in approach to funding and results that he initiated. Milken's compensation, while head of the high-yield bond department at Drexel Burnham Lambert in the late 1980s, exceeded $1 billion in a four-year period, a new record for U.S. income at that time. With an estimated net worth of around $3.7 billion as of 2018, he is ranked by Forbes magazine as the 606th richest person in the world.

Rap opera

A rap opera or hip hopera is a musical work in hip hop style with operatic form. The terms have been used to describe both dramatic works and concept albums, and hip hopera has also been used for works drawing more heavily on contemporary R&B than other hip hop such as rap.


SmartMoney was The Wall Street Journal's magazine of personal business. The finance magazine launched in 1992 by Hearst Corporation and Dow Jones & Company. Its first editor was Norman Pearlstine. In 2010, Hearst sold its stake to Dow Jones. The September 2012 edition was the last paper edition. Its content was merged into MarketWatch in 2013.

SmartMoney's target market is affluent professional and managerial business people needing personal finance information. Regular topics include ideas for saving, investing, and spending, as well as coverage of technology, automotive, and lifestyle subjects including travel, fashion, wine, music, and food.

The Partners (book)

The Partners: Inside America's Most Powerful Law Firms (1983) is a bestselling book by James B. Stewart. The book is a product of two years of investigation of the role of prominent law firms in society. The book describes and discusses several famous cases. There have been five editions of the book as of 2008.


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