Sherrel Stewart

Sherrel Stewart

Reporter



Sherrel Wheeler Stewart is a veteran journalist with experience in print, digital, and broadcasting. She began her work in professional media in 1982 after graduating from the University of Alabama where she was an editor at The Crimson White student newspaper and also an associate producer with University Television Services.

At The Birmingham News she covered communities, education, and local government before moving to Nashville, Tennessee and working as education editor at The Tennessean. She has also worked in corporate communications and as a visiting professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. In 1998, she returned to The Birmingham News and was the breaking news editor before leaving in 2012.

A founding member of the Birmingham Association of Black Journalists, Sherrell is active in several community organizations. She is on the board of Special Equestrians and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Down Syndrome Alabama, and the Echo Highlands Neighborhood Association.

Talladega College President Undecided On Band’s Inauguration Performance

Talladega College doesn’t have a football team, but it has a band – the Marching Tornadoes. More than 100 band members from the historically black college east of Birmingham have been invited to perform in President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural parade. The college president is undecided on whether the band will perform, a college spokesman said. Talladega […]

Gardendale School System Hearings End, Federal Judge Weighs Decision On Independent System

Federal Judge Madeline Haikala is considering whether Gardendale can pull out of the Jefferson County system & start its own without violating civil rights.

Alabama High School Grad Rates Inflated, Superintendent Says

“This is a black eye for the department and it makes the education system here look bad, and in some ways undeservedly so.”

Rain, Hail, Strong Winds, Possible Tornadoes Predicted Tuesday Evening And Early Wednesday

The weather service says the greatest threat for super cells is after 7 p.m. across the northwestern part of the state. As the weather system moves east, the threat should transition into a line of storms still capable of producing damaging winds.

National Weather Service Predicts Strong Storms Tonight and Tuesday Night For Central Alabama

The threat area is generally west of a line from Alexander City to Montgomery. The main timing for the threat is is from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Charles Henderson, Newly Elected DA, Prepares To Bring Change To Criminal Justice

“What we’ve been doing hasn’t worked. I’ve been saying all along we need to do more on this side to get people the resources they need, and quit using prisons as a way to kinda brush the problem aside.”

The Junction: The Parsonage Bombing

Ensley residents who remember that tragic event and the role the community played in the civil rights movement say this rich history is important today as Ensley looks toward revitalization.

Heavy Voter Turnout Reported Throughout Jefferson County

Election officials in Jefferson County say voter turnout has been heavy today and could surpass the totals in the previous General Election.

Serious Tailgaters Prepare Days Ahead Of Birmingham Football Rivalry Game

Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday SHERREL STEWART In Birmingham, tens of thousands of football fans will watch Alabama A&M face Alabama State in the Magic City Classic, a big game between two black colleges. SCOTT SIMON, HOST:A giant tailgate party has been underway for days in Birmingham, Ala., as tens of thousands of football fans […]

Paddling Prevalent In Alabama Schools, South

One of the purposes in collecting this information is to determine if disciplinary polices are being used to discriminate. All the data so far tells us that black children are punished more harshly for the same offenses that white children commit.

State Board Approves Contract For New Superintendent Michael Sentance

Alabama’s new school superintendent Michael Sentance starts work Monday with annual salary and benefits of about $240,000. But the vote to approve his contract came with controversy over how the search was handled.

Birmingham Considering Spanish-English Charter School

The Spanish immersion dual-language school would be the first charter school of its kind in Alabama.

UAB CORD Program Helps Students Get Ahead of the Curve in Science

Students in Alabama and throughout the South are back in school this month. However, long before the first day of school, hundreds of kids spent part of their summer in labs at UAB. The goal? Getting ahead of the curve in science class.

Brighton Elects Brandon Dean One Of Alabama’s Youngest Mayors

Brighton, Alabama’s Mayor-elect Brandon Dean may face hurdles because of complaints about absentee ballot applications.

One Dead Following Afternoon Crash On I-65 Near UAB

“It looks like he hit one part of the guardrail and then came off the other section,” Harrell said.

Parole Hearing for Thomas Blanton, 16th Street Baptist Church Bomber, Set For Wednesday

Blanton has served the minimum of 15 years required in Alabama before parole is possible. Wednesday in Montgomery, the parole board decides whether Blanton goes free or continues to sow life behind the wired fences and steel doors of a state prison.

New International Baccalaureate School And Other Changes Ahead For Jeffco Middle School Students

Changes are on the way at some Jefferson County Schools following a federal judge’s approval of a realignment plan eliminating the systems’ three remaining K-8 schools and spreads the seventh and eighth graders out to nearby high schools.

Woodlawn Runner Jayla Kirkland Goes Against the World’s Best In Poland

Jayla’s time of 23.11 in the 200 meters captured first place last month at the prestigious New Balance Nationals Outdoor competition. In that same competition, she placed third in the 100 meter race.

Hundreds Gather For Rally And March in Downtown Birmingham

Organizers of the rally say while they encourage peaceful protest, they want to see people push for policy changes and go to the polls to vote in elections.

Birmingham City Council Delays Approving Funds For New Kingston Fire Station

Residents from the Kingston community showed up at the Birmingham City Council meeting on July 5, to ask leaders (again) to go ahead and replace their fire station. But, again, they learned they will have to wait. The council did not approve the $3 million request for the new station, even after a lengthy, intense […]

Jefferson County Schools Personnel Director Arrested On Child Sex, Pornography Charges

Authorities continue to investigate claims associated with Brett Kirkham, 39.

Fairfield Residents Need Buses, But Regular Service Changes On July 5

Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority Leaders say they want to continue serving Fairfield, but can’t do it without pay. Fairfield has a $545,000 debt with BJCTA.

Birmingham City Council Rejects $30,000 Request For Deontay Wilder Heavyweight Fight

Council members say they support Deontay Wilder, but the city has several pressing needs.

TAKING ON TESTS: Atlanta School Students Still Recovering From Cheating Scandal

“We have lots of challenges and skepticism and there will be criticism, but also success is knowing that as we are getting this off the ground and running there are people who are saying this is great I’m glad you are doing something,” Dr. Alicia Hill says.

Local Islamic Leaders Denounce Orlando Shooting, Stress Unity

Islamic leaders in Alabama have condemned Sunday morning’s deadly shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida — a shooting carried out by a Muslim man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State. WBHM’s Sherrel Wheeler Stewart spoke with Khaula Hadeed, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Alabama.

Legal Expert Talking School Resegregation and More

“Anybody who is concerned about the quality of education our students are receiving in schools should be concerned. Well documented research shows that when schools lack diverse student bodies and when they are segregated, they are less able to provide the full range of benefits that a K 12 education ought to include.”

Birmingham Students Show Presentation Skills, Gain Praise from Condoleezza Rice

“It’s hard to get up in front of a group and sell your ideas. And somebody among this group is really going to be a great entrepreneur,” she says. “You could see that they loved it. They are passionate about it.”

Education Secretary John King Talks Graduation Rates, Testing and Education Reform

“We think it’s important that parents and teachers have good information each year about the progress students are making. That information needs to line up with the expectation that when students graduate, they’ll graduate for college and careers.”

Birmingham Mayor Proposes Budget With Employee Pay Raises, More Neighborhood Funds

The $420 million budget represents an increase of about 4 percent over the previous year.

Parker High School, Family And Community Helped Propel Top Scientist Dr. Willie May

“Obviously growing up in Birmingham, Alabama in the late 50s and 60s there were barriers, but fortunately I had lots of folks who invested a lot in me and I owed it to them not to allow those barriers to deter me.”

State Board of Ed Appoints Dr. Phillip Cleveland Interim Superintendent

Cleveland led the Department of Career and Technical education under former superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice, who retired in March.

Education Superintendent Tommy Bice Ends 39-Year Public Education Career

Bice isn’t leaving the education field. He’s the new education director for Birmingham based Goodrich Foundation.