Alice Stewart, CNN Political Commentator, Dies at 58 – Telemundo Philadelphia (41)

Alice Stewart, a CNN political commentator and veteran political adviser who worked on several Republican Party presidential campaigns, has died at age 58, the news network reported Saturday.

Police in Northern Virginia told CNN that Stewart’s body was found outdoors in the Bellevue neighborhood early Saturday and that no foul play was suspected. Authorities believe Stewart suffered a medical episode, according to CNN.

In an email to staff, network CEO Mark Thompson called Stewart “a very dear friend and colleague to all of us at CNN.”

“A veteran politician and Emmy Award-winning journalist who brought an unparalleled spark to CNN’s coverage, known throughout our offices not only for her political knowledge, but also for her unwavering kindness,” she wrote. “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn something like this. an extraordinary loss.”

No further information on the cause of death or survivors was available Saturday.

Stewart was born on March 11, 1966 in Atlanta and began her career as a local reporter in Georgia before moving to Little Rock, Arkansas, to be a news anchor. She later served as communications director in the office of then-Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. She took on similar roles during Huckabee’s 2008 presidential run and served as communications director for the 2012 presidential bids of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and then-former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Most recently, Stewart was communications director for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2016 campaign.

“Heartbreaking,” Cruz posted Saturday on X, formerly Twitter. “Alice was wonderful, talented and a dear friend. And she loved America fiercely. She lived each day to the fullest and will be deeply missed. May the comfort and peace of God be with her loved ones. RIP.”

Stewart joined CNN as a political commentator before the 2016 election and frequently appeared on air to provide insight into the political news of the day. His last appearance was Friday on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

Stewart told the Harvard Political Review in 2020 that he brings “a perspective that I think CNN appreciates.”

“My position at CNN is to be a conservative voice and at the same time an independent thinker,” Stewart said. “I’m not a Kool-Aid drinker; “I am not a Trump supporter and I did not leave my common sense and decency at the door when I voted for (Trump).”

Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Asa Hutchinson posted on X that Stewart’s “sudden death is a great loss to all who valued his friendship and political passion.”

“I first met Alice in Arkansas and I’m proud that she focused on making friends in politics and not enemies,” he posted. “Thank you Alice Stewart!”

Stewart also co-hosted the “Hot Mics from Left to Right” podcast with CNN commentator Maria Cardona and served on the senior advisory committee of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, where she was previously a fellow.

In her free time, Stewart was an avid runner, according to CNN. She frequently posted photos of road races on social media, including the TCS New York City Marathon, which she ran in November, and the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile race, which she ran last month.