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Alison Stewart

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Alison Stewart is a seasoned journalist who has covered everything from presidential conventions and the Olympics to major news events. She is the author of First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School, which was named one of the best books of 2013 by Essence and Mother Jones magazines.

Stewart first gained widespread visibility as a producer/reporter for MTV News' breathrough political coverage Choose or Lose, for which she won a Peabody Award. She later served as anchor for ABC World News Now, receiving an Emmy as part of ABC News' coverage of 9/11, and has since interviewed news-makers including President Bill Clinton, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, singer/activist Bono, author Carl Hiassen, movie titan Steven Spielberg, and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.

Stewart is a popular speaker at colleges across the country and has moderated events for NYC's 92nd Street Y, The World Science Festival, The Smithsonian Institution, and the New School. She was recently the moderator of the 2015 CT Forum, Explorers & Adventurers, and previously Talkin' 'bout My Generation in 2005.

A graduate of Brown University, Stewart lives in New York City and Woodstock, NY with her husband and son.