SILVER SPRING, MD, OCTOBER 24, 2013 – Radio One announced today that a traffic accident in Atlanta, GA claimed the life of one its employees, Sheila Stewart. Sheila had been News & Community Affairs Director for Radio One Washington, D.C. Stations (93.9) WKYS-FM; (Praise 104.1) WPRS-FM; (1450)-WOL-AM); 1340-(WYCB-AM) and (102.3) WMMJ-FM.
“The Radio One family is deeply saddened at the untimely passing of our employee and we extend our sincere condolences to her family and friends,” remarked Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson Radio One, Inc. “A talented colleague, Sheila’s contributions will long be felt by her Radio One family and the lives she touched through her various charitable connections and community organizations.”
Sheila Stewart was an award winning media figure whose career as a Radio, TV and Print Media Personality spanned over 20 years. She was the News & Community Affairs Director for Radio One-DC Stations. Stewart received a BA Degree in Broadcast journalism from Benedict College and also worked as an adjunct Professor of Journalism at several colleges. More than 20 of her former students are working in radio-tv-print media all over the country. Stewart devoted considerable time working with youth and organizations. She has mentored more than 40 at-risk girls and helped raised more than a million dollars for charities such as The Susan Komen Race For The Cure, The United Negro College Fund, National Congress of Black Women; The 100 Black Men of America; The National Urban League; The National NAACP; The Jack & Jill Foundation; The United Negro College Fund and a host of others. Stewart was also an accomplished writer and author. She wrote and published her first book “Faith and The 3 P’s Overcoming Obstacles With Prayer, Persistence and Positive Thinking” that received enthusiastic response and book signings. Stewart had been honored by numerous organizations for community service work including the prestigious coveted “Crystal Award For Outstanding Community Service” by The National Association of Broadcasters; recipient of the National Community Service Award by the Federal Bureau of Investigations for raising $40,000 in one day for a missing 9 year old girl; recipient of The Keeper of the Community Service Award with US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and saluted with The News Director of the Year Award at The Washington Post. Stewart was also a former Miss Black South Carolina 1st Runner-Up; Miss Benedict Homecoming Queen and a proud member of the prestigious Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.