James Stewart

James Stewart

Formal First Name
1952 - present

James Stewart is the Bloomberg Professor of Journalism at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He also writes the “Common Sense” column for the Business Day section of The New York Times. Stewart is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author who examines events in finance, law, and politics that shape American society. He imparts smart coverage of Wall Street and the whole of corporate America, scrutinizing the use and abuse of power at the highest levels of government and Business.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • 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.
  • His 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.