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.

Roy Moore Seeks Millions in Damages Over Showtime Prank
09-6-2018

Conservative Judge Roy Moore says he was duped into an interview and maliciously defamed on a show called Who is America, hosted by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. He is seeking $95 million in damages.

Jefferson County Plans More Resource Officers In Schools
08-30-2018

Jefferson County law enforcement and education officials announced a plan Thursday to put school resource officers in all 56 county schools.

In A Segregated County, A New Charter School Offers An Alternative
08-23-2018

Only about half of University Charter School’s 300-plus students are black. That’s a rarity in Sumter County, Ala., which, like many school systems, has struggled to achieve integration.

Officials Want More Contamination Testing In North Birmingham
08-22-2018

More than 500 properties in North Birmingham have not been tested for contamination, Congresswoman Terri Sewell said Wednesday while touring Collegeville with city, state and EPA officials. She wants people who have rejected soil testing to allow the EPA to check for contaminants.

James “Jake” Sanders, Negro League Star
08-13-2018

Segregation shut out ballplayers like James “Jake” Sanders from ballparks and the major leagues, but it didn’t quell his passion for the game. He attended the same high school in Fairfield as Willie Mays and went on to star in the Negro League. These days, Sanders travels the country telling the history of the league to school kids so the stories don’t get lost.

Birmingham Students Return With Uniforms Optional
08-6-2018

Birmingham students went back to school today. And this year’s school scene looked different from head to toe. The school system decided last month to drop its longstanding uniform requirement. That move brought mixed reactions from parents, retailers and students.

Seniors Find Opportunities and Challenges Returning to Work
08-6-2018

It’s a good time to be in the market for a job in this state. And that goes for older adults too.

Local NAACP Leader Says He’s Not Resigning Following Concerns Over Bribery Trial
08-1-2018

The local NAACP president says he’s not stepping down amid calls for his resignation. Testimony and emails presented in a recent federal bribery trial showed Hezekiah Jackson through his contacts worked to convince North Birmingham residents not to have their soil tested for contamination.

Florida Gun Violence Survivors Join Alabama Activists In Gun Control Panel
08-1-2018

When a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida earlier this year, killing 17 students and faculty, surviving students led a charge for gun control and launched a political movement to demand action from lawmakers.

Appeals Court Ruling Allows Fight for Minimum Wage Increase To Continue
07-26-2018

A federal court ruling allows Birmingham minimum wage workers to continue to push for higher pay.