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James B. Stewart
James B. Stewart
Business Columnist, The New York Times 
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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." 

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, 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, 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, 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, and was listed as one of the "Best books about Wall Street" by Yahoo Finance.

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, Stewart is the Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School. In 2011 the New York Financial Writers Association honored Stewart with the Elliott V. Bell Award for lifetime contributions to the field of financial journalism. 

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  • James B. Stewart discusses Tangled Webs (2011)
  • James B. Stewart on The Colbert Report (2011)
  • James Stewart at the SAS Financial Services Executive Summit 2011 (2011)
  • Stewart & Susan Rescorla Discuss 'Heart of a Soldier' September 11, 2002
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Speaking Topics
Truth Matters: How Fake News and False Statements Undermine America

The campaign and election of Donald Trump have brought new attention to a longstanding issue in America: false statements – occurring at the highest levels of business, sports and culture, and now, with the emergence of fake news, the media.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author James B. Stewart sounded the alarm on this issue in his book, Tangled Webs, applying his investigative reporting and story-telling skills to the dramatic cases of Martha Stewart, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Barry Bonds, and perhaps the most notorious liar in financial history, Bernard Madoff.

Now, Donald Trump has taken the issue to new and unthinkable levels. Stewart has met with and interviewed the President-elect, and he knows his tactics firsthand. Stewart’s New York Times column Common Sense was among the first to suggest that Trump paid little or no federal income tax, contrary to Trump’s assertions. 

In “Tangled Webs,” Stewart explores the age-old tensions between greed and justice, self-interest and public interest, loyalty and duty. It is a deep look at the problem of falsehood, its consequences, and what can be done about it. It is an urgent reminder that truth matters.

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Common Sense: Adventures of a Wall Street Columnist
Ethics and Leadership

An unprecedented series of corporate scandals, many investigated by journalist James B. Stewart, have left Americans deeply troubled by the ethical lapses of top business leaders. What explains these ethical failures? And why does crisis also bring out highly ethical, even self-sacrificing behavior in some people, as exemplified on Sept. 11, 2001?

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Corporate Governance & Transparency
Wall St. Today: Surviving the Financial Crisis and Beyond

Mr. Stewart will take a look at the key interventions, how they did or didn’t work, and what we may learn from them. This would include proposed regulations on corporate governance and executive compensation. He also addresses how the economy has responded and where it’s headed now. An intriguing look at leadership, corporate responsibility and economic prospects.

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Temptation in the Workplace: The Allure of Crime and Cover-Up
Special Programs & Additional Topics: Available for half-day and full-day seminars

How to Read Financial Statements
They may seem like just numbers, but financial statements can reveal an amazing amount of information, from profit opportunities to fraud. By examining balance sheets, income statements, and common strategies for concealing problems, Stewart reveals his insights into the world of numbers.
Corporate Strategy: How and Why Some Companies Fail and Others Succeed
Principles of Investing

An analysis of value investing, growth investing, principles of asset allocation, risk and return.

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Books & Other Works
  • Tangled Webs
  • Den of Thieves
  • New Yorker Cover Story: Eight Days: The Battle to Save the American Financial System
  • DisneyWar
  • Heart of a Soldier: A Story of Love, Heroism, and September 11th
  • Blind Eye: The Terrifying Story Of A Doctor Who Got Away With Murder
  • Blood Sport: The President and His Adversaries
  • Follow the Story: How to Write Successful Nonfiction
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“Immediately after Mr. Stewart's talk, I began to receive texts and emails full of praise! Words like, "His wit and his passion captivated our audience" or "We could have listened to Stewart all afternoon," confirmed that he hasn't lost his Tulsa appeal.”
Tulsa Town Hall
“In short, we absolutely love Jim Stewart. It was a small group that got the benefit of an amazing heartfelt account of his writing of Heart of a Soldier. We want to adopt him. He’s simply the best.”
Public University
“The feedback to James's lecture was overwhelmingly positive. Folks raved about his clarity on complex topics, his humor, his honesty, and his ability to get past the all-too-typical ideological noise. He did our ethics center proud!”
California State University - Bakersfield
“James Stewart absolutely dazzled our 2011 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting. His speech on perjury detailing the characters in his new book "Tangled Webs" was riveting, his personality was friendly, and the SRO crowd who attended his event expressed total satisfaction with every aspect of his program.”
2011 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting
“James Stewart's visit was a big hit with faculty, students and our donors. The event went very well and he did a great job of explaining a complex subject.”
UNLV College of Business
“It was great to have Jim Stewart speak. We got rave reviews from the investors who were there...One of the better speakers, if not the best speaker, in the last several years.”
Beacon Capital Partners
“Jim Stewart's discussion of "the Eight Days..." was fascinating. There were details that even experienced institutional investors had not heard before. The speech was very well received by the audience at our meeting. We got universally positive comments from our audience.”
Veronis Suhler Stevenson
“Yesterday's event was fabulous, James did a great presentation and he was very well received by the group. What a wonderful speaker he is.”
The Economic Club of Colorado
“Prof. Stewart is a very engaging and interesting speaker. His stories about lying, particularly with so many lawyers complicit in the lying, had great impact.”
University of St. Thomas, Law School
“A very intelligent and captivating speaker that provided great insight into the current state of the economy... very popular with the audience.”
YPO, Southern 7 Chapter
“Our audience was enthralled and captivated. Mr. Stewart's talk was both relevant to our business audience and moving from a human interest standpoint. He is a masterful speaker and storyteller, and his sincerity and passion for his subject resonated deeply with the audience. Mr. Stewart was the highlight of our conference, not only for his presentation, but for his attention to our guests.”
Thornburg Investment Management
“He's such a gentleman, and so intelligent. It was a great presentation.”
La Salle Unviersity
“You are a gifted storyteller and had us spellbound....It was a memorable evening!”
Strong Financial
“James Stewart is a captivating speaker with powerful insights on ethics and leadership drawn from deep knowledge of the U.S. business, legal and political scene over the last three decades. We've never had a better speaker at our annual lawyer meeting.”
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
“An excellent speaker. Stewart put the whole insider trading scandal in a national social and political context...First rate! What a delightful fellow -- witty, erudite and possibly the last honorable man!”
Central Intelligence Agency
“Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber were extremely pleased with the appearance of James B. Stewart. His insight, along with the content and delivery, provided for a superior presentation that was well received by all in attendance. Mr. Stewart was most accommodating to our dinner guests the evening before, as well.”
Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber
“The program was a success and Mr. Stewart's remarks were very well received.”
Morris County Bar Association
“I want to thank you for an outstanding program you presented last week. Yours was one of the best programs we have had in the six years we have been offering the Phillip and Elkin Alston Lecture Series, "Envisioning the Twenty-First Century." Your description of the circumstances leading up to the Wall Street scandals of the 1980s and the impact they have had, as well as your prognostications for business in the 90s was most enlightening. I appreciate your willingness and ability to be somewhat flexible and address a few of the broader issues we asked you to focus on.”
Atlanta History Center
“How pleased everyone at our program was with Jim Stewart's presentation. Numerous people who attended the conference told me that they thought Jim's presentation was the highlight of the entire program.”
Howrey & Simon
“Thank you so much for your participation in our conference in Florida. Your presentation was excellent and well received by our conference participants. Feedback has been uniformly positive as I am sure you picked up in some fashion over lunch.”
Continental Bank
“Your insights and perspectives on the broad range of issues were well received and appreciated. The significant number of business leaders in the audience certainly reflected your personal creditability and you should know that I received a number of unsolicited compliments about your presentation...Again, thank you for your presentation before the Willamette Forum. Always know you are welcome back to Oregon-I hope you get this way again.”
Performance Consulting Group
“He was spectacular! We absolutely fell in love with him. We are interested in having him back later this semester to talk about his book, “Heart of a Soldier,” and do a book signing.”
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