Sheila Stewart, who worked as news and public affairs director for Charlottes WPEG-FM ( Power 98 97.9) before moving on to a career in news for Radio Ones stations in Washington, was killed Thursday in a traffic accident in Atlanta.
Radio One, a national broadcaster based in Silver Spring, Md., whose properties include WOSF-FM (Old School 105.1) in Charlotte, said Stewarts death was a sad moment for the company. A talented colleague, Sheilas contributions will long be felt by her Radio One family and the lives she touched through her various charitable connections and community organizations, said Cathy Hughes, Founder of Radio One Inc.
Stewart left CBS Radio-owned WPEG-FM in 2004. Most recently, she was news and community affairs director for Radio Ones five Washington stations.
In Charlotte, Stewart started a small private foundation that awarded scholarships to minority college students. She grew up in Great Falls, S.C., the youngest of eight children, and got a communications degree from Benedict College.
Radio One said Stewarts honors included the Crystal Award For Outstanding Community Service from the National Association of Broadcasters and a National Community Service Award from the FBI for raising $40,000 in one day for a missing 9-year-old girl.
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