Alison Stewart

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Alison Stewart
Alison Stewart 1.jpg
Born (1966-07-04) July 4, 1966 (age 52)
EducationBrown University (BA)
OccupationRadio host
Book author
Television Personality
Television Journalist
Spouse(s)Bill Wolff
Children1
WebsiteOfficial website

Alison Stewart (born July 4, 1966) is an American journalist and author. Stewart first gained widespread visibility as a political correspondent for MTV News in the 1990s.

Early life[edit]

Stewart was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. She is the daughter of the senior vice president for corporate affairs at Squibb Corporation, the pharmaceutical company in Princeton, New Jersey. Her mother taught biology at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey.[1]

Education[edit]

Stewart attended Brown University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American literature. She began her broadcasting career there, where she was the music director for the school's radio station, WBRU.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

1988–1996: MTV[edit]

In 1988 Stewart began her career as an assistant at MTV. In 1991, she joined MTV News as a segment producer when she was hired by MTV News Director Linda Corradina. She began reporting and producing during MTV's first "Choose or Lose" campaign, which covered the 1992 presidential race. Her coverage earned her a Peabody Award.

Stewart remained at MTV for much of the 1990s, contributing segments to other MTV News shows including Megadose and MTV News: Unfiltered. She also hosted specials including the Real World Reunion in 1995.

1996–1999: CBS News[edit]

Stewart left MTV and moved to CBS News in December 1996. While there, she reported for several of the network's news programs, including CBS News Sunday Morning, 48 Hours, and Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel.[2]

2000–2002: ABC News[edit]

Moving to ABC News, she co-anchored its early morning news program, World News Now with Anderson Cooper, and also contributed reports to Good Morning America and 20/20 Downtown.[2]

2003–2007: MSNBC and Olbermann[edit]

In 2003, Stewart moved from ABC News to MSNBC where she was a daytime anchor and primary substitute host for Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show. She occasionally filled in as newsreader on NBC's Weekend Today. From May 2006 to April 2007, she hosted a daytime news program The Most with Alison Stewart on MSNBC. Stewart married MSNBC Vice President of Programming Bill Wolff [1] in November 2006.

2007–2010: NPR and The Bryant Park Project[edit]

Stewart joined NPR in May 2007 to host (along with Luke Burbank) a morning drive show called The Bryant Park Project, which targeted adults between ages 25 and 44.[3] The program premiered October 1, 2007[4] and was canceled effective July 25, 2008. She returned from maternity leave to host the show's last week, starting Monday, July 21, 2008.[5]

Stewart served as a panelist on NPR's Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me! and served as fill in host of NPR's Talk of the Nation and Weekend Edition.[2]

2010–2011: Need to Know[edit]

On May 7, 2010 she became the co-host of the new show Need to Know on PBS.[6] She left the show on September 9, 2011; in her departure announcement she said she would be finishing a book she had "been working on for years."[7][8]

2011–2013: CBS and other projects[edit]

In late 2011, Stewart went back to CBS News and reported a story for 60 Minutes that aired on January 1, 2012.[9] In 2012, she hosted the first season of the “TED Radio Hour,” a radio program (with podcast) produced by TED and NPR.[10]

In 2013, her book First Class, a history of Dunbar High School (Washington, D.C.), was published.[11] It was named one of the best books of 2013 by Mother Jones and Essence magazines. Her second book, JUNK: Digging Through America's Love Affair with Stuff, was published in April 2016.[citation needed]

2014 to 2017[edit]

Stewart returned to PBS as a special correspondent and as a fill-in anchor for NewsHour Weekend and Charlie Rose.[12]

2018 to present[edit]

In 2018, New York City Public Radio Station WNYC created a new two-hour weekday show entitled "All of It with Alison Stewart," with a tagline saying that the show focuses on "Culture and The Culture."[13] [14] It began airing on September 17, 2018.[15]

Controversy[edit]

WNYC's new show, "All of It with Alison Stewart," replaced "The Leonard Lopate Show," which previously held the same Noon to 2pm Weekday slot at the Station. The previous host Leonard Lopate had been fired by WNYC amidst the "me too" scandal, but without significant public discussion of misdeeds. [16] Because the firing of Leonard Lopate proceeded without deep public discourse as to cause, or notes of significant sexual harassment by Lopate, listeners took both sides on the dissolution of the "Leonard Lopate Show," on the interim show "Mid Day on WNYC," and finally on "All of It," Stewart's current show. The WNYC President, Laura Walker, was accused by some of "cleaning house" aggressively after the Station had under-reacted to an earlier incident of serious workplace sexual harassment by another host, John Hockenberry. It is possible that Walker may have been firing hosts in an effort to appear more seriously focused on workplace behavior and gender equality.[17] Laura Walker left her position at WNYC at the end of 2018.[18] Leonard Lopate now hosts a rival show on local Public Radio Station WBAI.

Works[edit]

  • First Class. Chicago Review Press. August 2013. ISBN 978-1-61374-012-5. Retrieved August 3, 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Alison Stewart and Bill Wolff". The New York Times. November 5, 2006.
  2. ^ a b c "Alison Stewart". PBS. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  3. ^ Alison Stewart and Luke Burbank to host new NPR Morning News Show and 24-hour News Service, npr.org; accessed May 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "Bio: Alison Stewart", NPR.org; archived May 7, 2008.
  5. ^ Elisabeth Jensen (July 14, 2008). "Public Radio to Cancel a Morning Experiment". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Elisabeth Jensen (April 30, 2010). "How, Exactly, Do You Follow Bill Moyers?". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
  7. ^ PBS.org, Alison signs off, pbs.org, September 9, 2011.
  8. ^ Elisabeth Jensen (August 28, 2011). "Anchor to Leave PBS's Need to Know". The New York Times.
  9. ^ "The Perfect Score: Cheating on the SAT". CBS News. January 1, 2012.
  10. ^ Emi Kolawole (May 11, 2012). "'TED Radio Hour' host Alison Stewart on innovation, creativity and what her TED talk would be about". The Washington Post.
  11. ^ "Morning Joe sits down with Alison Stewart, author of "First Class"". July 31, 2013.
  12. ^ "Alison Stewart - Charlie Rose". CharlieRose.com. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  13. ^ Alison Stewart Will Host a New Weekday Afternoon Program on WNYC (WNYC News, July 23, 2018), as accessed September 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "All of It with Alison Stewart" Launching Monday, September 17th (All Of It (WNYC), September 10, 2018), as accessed September 15, 2018.
  15. ^ All Of It (tab Episodes) (New York Public Radio), as accessed September 18, 2018.
  16. ^ [1] (New York Public Radio Fires Hosts Lopate and Schwartz, December 21, 2017)
  17. ^ [2] (Leonard Lopate, Fired WNYC Host, Returning to Radio, July 9, 2018)
  18. ^ [3] (Embattled Head of New York Public Radio to Step Down, December 19, 2018)

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