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Happy Birthday To Rivertowns’ Stone Stockton Phillips

Stone Phillips turns 59 on Monday.
Stone Phillips turns 59 on Monday. Photo Credit:

RIVERTOWNS, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday To Rivertowns’ Stone Stockton Phillips!

Stone Stockton Phillips, who owns a house in Rivertowns, turns 59 on Monday.

Phillips, an Emmy Award-winning American television reporter and correspondent, was born Dec. 2, 1954, in Texas City. He is best known as the former co-anchor of Dateline NBC, a newsmagazine TV show. Prior to his tenure at NBC, he was an ABC News correspondent for 20/20 and World News Tonight. He is known for his clear delivery and gravitas which was satirized by Phillips himself in appearances on The Colbert Report.

Phillips started his career working as an entry-level news position at WXIA-TV, the local NBC affiliate. In 1982 he began filing stories as an on air correspondent for ABC, covering such major events as the American involvement as peacekeepers in the Lebanese Civil War, the exodus of Vietnamese boat people in the mid-1980s, and the assassination of Indira Gandhi. In 1986 Phillips was promoted to a regular role on the ABC news magazine 20/20.

Phillips ended his 12-year relationship with ABC in 1992, joining NBC News to serve as co-anchor with Jane Pauley on Dateline NBC. While at NBC News, Phillips also hosted Weekend Magazine with Stone Phillips. He conducted a long list of notable interviews during his time with NBC, which  earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Interview. Phillips co-anchored Dateline NBC from its inception until July 2, 2007.

In May 2013, Stone Phillips produced and hosted Moving with Grace, a PBS documentary that chronicled his efforts and those of his siblings to provide care for their aging parents.

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