Veteran Political Commentator Alice Stewart Passes Away at 58

 May 19, 2024

Alice Stewart, a respected voice in political commentary and a noted adviser on several presidential campaigns, has died.

Alice Stewart, at the age of 58, was found deceased in Belle View, Virginia, suspected to have succumbed to a medical emergency, CNN reported.

Stewart started her journalism career in Georgia as a reporter and producer, later becoming a news anchor in Arkansas. Her deep understanding of American politics led her to work as a communications expert for Republican candidates like Mike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Ted Cruz.

A Decade of Influence in Presidential Campaigns

Stewart gained prominence for her strategic insights during elections from 2008 to 2016. She transitioned to television as a CNN political commentator before the 2016 elections.

At CNN, Stewart provided analysis and engaged with audiences, and co-created the bipartisan podcast "Hot Mics From Left to Right." Maria Cardona, her podcast co-host, expressed deep sadness over the loss, emphasizing what a special person Stewart was in the industry.

Involvement in Academia and Athletics

Stewart extended her influence to education, serving on the senior advisory committee at Harvard's Institute of Politics. She was also passionate about running, participating in marathons and road races nationwide.

Her commitment to fitness reflected her vigorous approach to life, impressing colleagues and adding vibrancy to her public persona.

Mark Thompson, CNN's CEO, recalled Stewart's profound impact on the network and her colleagues, calling her a dear friend and colleague to all at CNN.

CNN Colleagues and Politicians Reflect on Stewart's Legacy

Several prominent figures, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz, praised her zest for life and professional excellence. "Alice was wonderful, talented, and a dear friend. She lived life to the fullest and will be deeply missed," Cruz said.

Dana Bash, a CNN colleague, described her as "someone who told it straight," highlighting her honesty and clarity. Wolf Blitzer noted that her contributions always brought understanding to discussions. "We always invited her on my show because we knew we'd be a little smarter afterward," Blitzer explained.

Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson remembered Stewart as someone who viewed politics as a way to make friends, not enemies. "She believed politics was about making friends," Hutchinson said.

Stewart's legacy includes her dedication to journalism and political commentary, her role in presidential campaigns, and her vibrant engagement with life.

Her impact on political discourse and community activities remains influential among colleagues, audiences, and peers. Alice Stewart leaves behind remarkable professional achievements and a lasting impact on American political analysis.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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