In 2020, the Newswomen's Club of New York honored Stewart with the Ida B. Wells Award for Exceptional Coverage of Communities of Color. She was a contributor to the groundbreaking 1619 Project, writing an essay about how slavery is taught in American schools and sharing the story of her paternal great grandfather who was enslaved as a boy. She has been a finalist for the Livingston Award and an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. In Troop 6000: The Girl Scout Troop That Began in a Shelter and Inspired the World, Stewart chronicles the triumphs and challenges of the first Girl Scout troop designed for girls in the New York City shelter system. Stewart joined The New York Times in 2014 after working at The Washington Post.