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Alice  Stewart

Alice Stewart

CNN Political Commentator & Resident Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School


Alice Stewart is a CNN Political Commentator, veteran Senior Communications Advisor on numerous Republican presidential campaigns and an Emmy Award winning journalist. She regularly appears as a guest on State of the Union with Jake TapperAnderson Cooper 360Erin Burnett Out Front and The Don Lemon Show. She is also a frequent guest on CNN International, discussing American politics and providing context for viewers across the globe. Stewart recently became a Resident Fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics Kennedy School to help students create a more holistic view of politics. Bringing a conservative perspective combined with years of high-level experience in media and politics, she is known for placing a high value on mutual respect and productive discourse in the political/press arena. Read More >

A veteran Republican strategist, Alice Stewart served as Communications Director for the presidential campaigns of Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Mike Huckabee and Representative Michele Bachmann, and as Deputy Communications Director for Senator Rick Santorum. She also served as a surrogate for Mitt Romney for President and the Republican National Committee. Ms. Stewart has worked on communications strategy for Concerned Women for America, Republican National Senatorial Committee, Republican National Congressional Committee and Rick Scott for Governor of Florida. She also served as Deputy Secretary of State for the State of Arkansas where she oversaw public affairs for Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin. Prior to entering politics, Stewart developed and forged her appreciation for the world of journalism working as an Anchor/Reporter in Little Rock, Arkansas and Savannah, Georgia, and an associate producer in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a native of Atlanta and earned a broadcast news and political science degree from the University of Georgia. In addition to running campaigns, Alice Stewart has run 16 marathons in four countries and is a five-time Boston Marathon finisher.

Championing the conservative point of view on issues ranging from the future of healthcare to immigration and energy policy, Alice Stewart is a thought-provoking commentator on the state of government, the Trump White House, Washington politics and the role of the media. Tackling even the most contentious issues with grace and intellect, she brings passion, patriotism and an outside-the-Beltway perspective to the keynote stage. Her speeches spark conversation, foster respect and leave audiences with an insightful, insider’s look at the politics behind today’s headlines. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Discussing the Trump Administration on CNN

Let the Investigation and the Facts Play Out

It's Difficult to Accept His Denials

The Power of Media in the Election

Debate about White House Spending

On Putin Call Leak

Speech Topics

The Elephant in the Room: President Donald J Trump

America is in a period of great division; between political parties and within them. President Trump is not just the leader of the country, but of the Republican Party. As we saw with the fight to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, there are warring factions in the GOP. Will moderate conservatives, establishment conservatives and social conservatives work together to get things done? How will they work with Democrats to bring about positive change in Washington?

The Trump Presidency: No More Politics as Usual

From the moment Donald J. Trump rode down the escalator to announce his candidacy for president, American politics would never be the same. Age-old traditions of the primary process and general election would be thrown out the window. Social media took over and election etiquette took a hit in the process. After a grueling, brass-knuckle campaign, voters who asked for a change, got it. President Trump campaigned on the promise to transform Washington, drain the swamp, and put America first. What does this mean for “We the People?” Has Donald J. Trump forever changed the face of Presidential Politics?

Fake News vs. Real News: Is it a Distinction without a Difference?

Freedom of the press is a valuable tool. The Fourth Estate refers to the watchdog role of the press, which keeps the three branches of government in check. The problem comes with the rise of Fake News, which is meant to influence voters based on false information. What are the risks and rewards of media coverage in politics? Alice Stewart examines the new media reality where “a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can get its pants on” and what it means to the future of politics, government and the role of the press.

Rule #1 for Communications Pros: KISS- Keep it Simple Stupid

Any communications professional will tell you that the best way to convey your message is to keep it short and concise, in other words: “Keep it Simple Stupid.” Take it from the experts: James Carville said it best: “It’s the economy, stupid.” President Obama promised “Hope and Change.” Hillary Clinton said we are “Stronger together.” President Trump vowed to “Make America Great Again.” President Trump mastered the art of “branding” and it was an effective tool in winning over voters. Alice Stewart looks at the winning political campaigns, sharing the secrets of effective messaging that anyone can leverage in their communications.

Flyover Country vs. Coastal Elites

The fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and President Trump won the Electoral College raised a great deal of concern about the process. How do those in “Flyover Country” keep their voices heard against the “Coastal Elites?” Clearly those in the bubbles of Washington DC and New York City did not understand what was happening in the heartland and they never predicted a Trump victory. What have we learned from this and how will it affect the next presidential election in 2020?

The Social Scene: The Impact of Social Media on Political Campaigns

Modern technology has had a tremendous impact on the second oldest profession. The media business has become is a 27/4 affair. This can make or break a candidate, nominee, legislation or any public figure. How do those who cover politics, public affairs and breaking news meet the demands of getting the story right while also getting it right now? How do campaigns deploy rapid response teams to diffuse negative stories? Who can readers trust to get the story right? Alice Stewart guides you through an increasingly shifting media landscape.