Mariah Stewart

Journalist (She/Her/Hers)

United States

Mariah Stewart is a St. Louis-based journalist who currently covers diversity and inclusion in higher education for INSIGHT Into Diversity, the oldest and largest national diversity magazine and website.

In 2014, Stewart plunged into the journalism industry following a crowdfunded campaign for her continued coverage of Ferguson, Mo and the St. Louis region where she covered social justice for The Huffington Post and local news for The St. Louis American, Missouri's largest weekly newspaper.

Stewart's work has been published in multiple outlets including, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Crisis Magazine, St. Louis Public Radio, and The Guardian. Her stories on activism and the justice system have been nominated for the ArchCity Defenders 2017 Excellence in Poverty Journalism Awards and the National Association of Black Journalists 2016 Salute to Excellence Awards.

Her reporting has led her to speak at the 2017 SXSW interactive panel, keynote at the 2014 Online News Association conference, and make appearances on several main stream news networks such as BBC and HLN. Additionally, Stewart co-produced the documentary films "Stranger Fruit" and "Finding Kendrick Johnson."

You can contact Stewart via email at [email protected] or [email protected]

“Be content to stand in the light, and let the shadow fall where it will.”
- Maria W. Stewart

Acknowledging Native Land is a Step Against Indigenous Erasure

Like many American organizations, colleges and universities in the U.S. often occupy land that was once home to Native American communities. While modern Americans typically take for granted the fact that they reside on territory stolen from indigenous people, there is a growing trend in higher education to remember and honor the tribes and people [...]

Sexual Harassment Continues to Plague Women in Science

Sexual harassment in the field of scientific research is a longstanding issue that deters some women from pursuing their educational and career goals. The problem is so persistent, in fact, that the U.S. Congress recently decided to get involved. Now, proposed federal legislation in addition to increased advocacy efforts by women scientists and their supporters [...]

the Guardian
'It could have been me': five years after Michael Brown, young black men in Ferguson speak

Ricky was in a green space around the corner from where he lives at the Canfield Green apartment complex, which overlooks where Michael Brown died Ricky was in a green space around the corner from where he lives at the Canfield Green apartment complex, which overlooks where Michael Brown died I was down the street playing basketball with my friends.

The Huffington Post
Black Voters Have Some Ideas About Gun Violence Donald Trump Could Use

Donald Trump's attempts to appeal to black voters have mostly fallen flat ― his use of tragedy to suggest that he'll protect people from gun violence, for example, and his assertion that black voters have nothing to lose by voting for him. Perhaps unsurprisingly, his popularity with black voters has been hovering in the single digits.

The Huffington Post
Lawsuit Targets 'Extortionist' Cities Near Ferguson That Lock Poor People In Cages

ST. LOUIS ― Civil rights lawyers sued 13 St. Louis-area cities in federal court on Tuesday, alleging they violated the constitutional rights of poor people by locking them in squalid jail cells in connection with minor traffic infractions ― a practice that contributed to the tension that boiled over in Ferguson two years ago after a police officer shot an 18-year-old to death.