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James Stewart

Bloomberg Professor of Journalism

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Expertise: Business & Economics Writing

James B. Stewart is a Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism. He teaches in the business administration area of ​​the M.A. program. He is the author of eleven books, including the national bestseller “DisneyWar,” a report on Michael Eisner's tumultuous rule at America's best-known entertainment company. He is also the author of the national bestseller Den of Thieves on Wall Street in the 1980s, Blind Eye, a medical survey, and Blood Sport on the Clinton White House. 'Follow the Story: How to Write Successful Nonfiction Books' was inspired by his classes at Columbia. 'Heart of a Soldier', named Best Non-Fiction Book of 2002 by Time Magazine, tells the remarkable life of Rick Rescorla, a victim of the September 11, 2001 attacks. His most recent book is 'Tangled Web'.

In addition to teaching at Columbia, Stewart writes the common sense column for the Business Day section of the New York Times. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and was a former “Page One” editor of the Wall Street Journal.

Stewart received the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for articles in the Wall Street Journal about the 1987 stock market crash and insider scandal. He is also the winner of the George Polk Award and two Gerald Loeb Awards. 'Blind Eye' was the winner of the 2000 Edgar Allan Poe Award, presented annually by the Mystery Writers of America. In 2005, DisneyWar was named a finalist for the Financial Times / Goldman Sachs' first annual business book award.

Stewart is a graduate of Harvard Law School and DePauw University. He was born in Quincy, Illinois, and attended public schools there.

Contact

Email: jbs32@columbia.edu Phone: 212-854-1613 Office: Pulitzer Hall, 709C

Classes taught

Business and economic reporting

Money and power go hand in hand, never more than now. A basic understanding of business studies can help students in all areas of journalism, from sports to fashion, from politics to money trail investigations. This seminar examines the economy and financial markets and gives students the tools to better understand and write about them. We will look at globalization and income inequality; Trump's tariff wars; and equity and bond markets. We learn to read business reports and financial statements and to better understand financial regulations. At the end of the semester, students should be familiar with numbers and learn how stories can be strengthened when a financial aspect is pursued. Students will read current and historical business stories to see what makes them different. Assignments include a one-semester project and several shorter, timely stories. Several class sessions will include guest speakers from major business and news agencies of general interest.

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