Friday, December 06, 2013 12:38 AM
Radio One mourns passing of popular radio personality Sheila Stewart
Published on: Friday, October 25, 2013
By Jim Davis, Special to The Sentinel
A well-known Washington radio veteran was killed the morning of Oct. 24 in a motor vehicle accident in Atlanta Ga.
Sheila Stewart, who has been in the media industry for over 20 years, was killed while driving to work.
According to DeKalb County Police Department, Stewart was driving on Interstate 20 when her Mercedes Benz came to a full stop for unknown reasons according to officials in Dekalb County. She was killed after being struck from behind by a westbound box truck.
No one else was injured.
Stewart, had been providing news updates on Radio One's D.C. affiliates, which include 93.3 WKYS, Praise 104.1, News Talk 1450, Majic 102.3 FM and Spirit 1340.
"Stewart who lived in Prince George 's County always gave back" said Prince George 's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.
"Over her 20 year career in radio, Sheila was a popular on-air personality with the residents of Prince Georges County,” he said.
Like Baker, Rep. Donna Edwards (Md-4) is among the countless number of people who will miss Stewart.
“I am incredibly saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Sheila Stewart. As News and Community Affairs Director at Radio One, she was instrumental in advocating on behalf of issues, nonprofit organizations, and events that helped improve communities throughout our region,” she said. “Sheila was guided in every way by her faith. Her energy and passion to make change will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Sheila’s family and all those at Radio One as we grieve together during this difficult time. I will miss her tremendously.”
Stewart, was the News & Community Affairs Director for Radio One, the company where she gained a massive following for her on-air work, issued the following statement:
“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,” said 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.”
Stewart earned a B. A. Degree in broadcast journalism from Benedict College and also worked as an adjunct Professor of Journalism at several colleges.