Alison Stewart

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Alison Stewart
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Born (1966-07-04) July 4, 1966 (age 50)
Glen Ridge, New Jersey, U.S.
Education Brown University (BA)
Occupation Television Personality
Television Journalist
Spouse(s) Bill Wolff
Children 1
Website Official website

Alison Stewart (born July 4, 1966) is a 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 the New Jersey suburb of Glen Ridge, and is the daughter of a pharmaceutical company executive and a high school science teacher.[1]


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.


1988–1996: MTV[edit]

In 1988 Stewart began her career as an assistant at MTV. In 1991, Stewart 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.

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.

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.[2] The program premiered October 1, 2007[3] and was canceled effective Friday, July 25, 2008. Stewart returned from maternity leave to host the show's last week, starting Monday, July 21, 2008.[4]

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.

2010–2011: Need to Know[edit]

On May 7, 2010 she became the co-host of the new show Need to Know on PBS.[5] 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."[6] [7]

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.[8] In 2012, she hosted the first season of the “TED Radio Hour,” a radio program (with podcast) produced by TED and NPR.[9] In 2013, her book First Class, a history of Dunbar High School (Washington, D.C.), was published.[10] 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.

2014 to present[edit]

Stewart returned to PBS as a special correspondent and as a fill-in anchor for NewsHour Weekend.



  1. ^ a b "Alison Stewart and Bill Wolff". The New York Times. November 5, 2006. 
  2. ^ Alison Stewart and Luke Burbank to host new NPR Morning News Show and 24-hour News Service
  3. ^ "Bio: Alison Stewart", NPR (archived May 7, 2008)
  4. ^ Jensen, Elizabeth (July 14, 2008). "Public Radio to Cancel a Morning Experiment". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Jensen, Elizabeth (April 30, 2010). "How, Exactly, Do You Follow Bill Moyers?". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2010. 
  6. ^, Alison signs off September 9, 2011.
  7. ^ Elizabeth Jensen (August 28, 2011). "Anchor to Leave PBS's 'Need to Know'". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ "The Perfect Score: Cheating on the SAT". CBS News. January 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "Morning Joe sits down with Alison Stewart, author of "First Class"". July 31, 2013. 

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