Honorary Degree Recipients

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The New York Public Library


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Stephen Voss

Ms. Alison Stewart
Award Winning Journalist and Author


Ms. Alison Stewart
Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa

During her more than two decades as a journalist, Alison Stewart has reported for all of the country’s major news networks, and has anchored her own groundbreaking and successful news programs on National Public Radio (NPR), Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and MSNBC.

Stewart has reported from the floor of six presidential conventions during her decorated career, and has anchored major news events from Hurricane Katrina to the shootings at Virginia Tech University. She has reported from global locations such as Africa, Cuba, and Jordan, and reported live from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.  During her career, she has interviewed newsmakers including President Bill Clinton, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, singer/activist Bono, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, radio icon Howard Stern, movie titan Steven Spielberg and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.

Stewart served as anchor for ABC World News Now from 2000 to 2002, and reported live from the World Trade Center during the attacks on 9/11. Her work earned her an Emmy award as part of ABC News’ coverage of the event.  She began her career as a producer/reporter for MTV News’ breakthrough political coverage Choose or Lose, for which she won a Peabody Award in 1992.

In addition to speaking at colleges across the country, Alison has moderated events for NYC’s 92nd Street Y, The World Science Festival, The Smithsonian Institution, The Connecticut Forum and the New School. 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.

A graduate of Brown University, Stewart was elected to The Board of Trustees of the Corporation of Brown in 2013. She has been also active in various charities, including Dress for Success, The Lighthouse, and Chess in the Schools. Currently, she lives in New York City and Woodstock, N.Y. with her husband and son.

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