Longtime CNN Reporter Found Dead At Tragically Young Age

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Alice Stewart, a Republican political advisor and CNN political pundit, passed away at the age of 58.

Authorities discovered Stewart’s body outside in Bellevue, northern Virginia, early on Saturday morning, according to a CNN story. Law enforcement believes there was a medical emergency and that there is no evidence of foul play.

In a statement, Mark Thompson, the CEO of CNN, praised Stewart for both her career and “political savvy” as well as “her unwavering kindness.”

“Alice was a very dear friend and colleague to all of us at CNN,” said Thompson in an email to staff on Saturday. :A political veteran and an Emmy Award-winning journalist who brought an incomparable spark to CNN’s coverage, known across our bureaus not only for her political savvy, but for her unwavering kindness. Our hearts are heavy as we mourn such an extraordinary loss.”

Stewart, who was born on March 11, 1966, in Atlanta, Georgia, started out as a local reporter and producer before relocating to Little Rock, Arkansas, to pursue a career as a news anchor. Subsequently, she served as the governor of Arkansas’s communications director and eventually supported him in his 2008 presidential campaign.

By the time of the subsequent presidential election cycle, Stewart was serving as the director of communications for the campaigns of former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Michele Bachmann (2012). She was the director of communications for Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) presidential campaign in 2016.

In 2016, Stewart made his long-awaited political communication debut on CNN. Her final appearance was on The Situation Room with CNN presenter Wolf Blitzer on Friday.

Stewart stated to Harvard Political in 2020 that she provides CNN with “a perspective” that the network “appreciates.”

“My position at CNN is to be a conservative voice yet an independent thinker,” she said. “I’m not a Kool-Aid drinker; I’m not a never-Trumper, and I didn’t check my common sense and decency at the door when I voted for (Trump).”

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