Stone Phillips to Leave ‘Dateline NBC’

May 22, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Stone Phillips is leaving “Dateline NBC,” the television news magazine he has co-anchored since it debuted in 1992, and NBC News at the end of June.
Ann Curry, the news anchor for “Today” as well as Mr. Phillips’s co-anchor since May 2005, is not expected to get a new “Dateline” co-anchor. There have been discussions about having correspondents that are heavily invested in certain projects, such as “Today Catch a Predator’s” Chris Hansen, playing an anchor-like role when their reports air.
“Dateline NBC” executive producer David Corvo conveyed the news Tuesday morning to a meeting at which Mr. Phillips said management had informed him of the change a couple of months ago.
Mr. Phillips’s career twist, following closely on the recent exit of weekend “Nightly News” anchor John Siegenthaler, comes as NBC News tightens its belt and demands more of its on- and off-camera staffers.
“It’s been a wonderful 15 years. I’m profoundly appreciative of the many friends and colleagues, past and present, who have been a part of the ‘Dateline family,'” Mr. Phillips said in a statement released by an NBC News spokesperson. “This is a great news division with a bright future. I wish the people of NBC News all the best.”
The spokesperson also released statements from Mr. Corvo and from NBC News President Steve Capus, who credited Mr. Phillips with a long list of accomplishments.
“On behalf of ‘Dateline,’ and all of us at NBC News, I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to Stone for all he has contributed to NBC News during his tenure here,” Mr. Capus said. “His work on ‘Dateline’ over the past 15 years has been remarkable, as evidenced by the unprecedented awards Stone and the program have won, including 39 Emmys and four Peabodys. He is a first-rate journalist and a dedicated professional whose legacy here will live on with the program he established and cares so much about.”
Mr. Phillips joined NBC News to co-anchor “Dateline” with Jane Pauley after12 years at ABC News.
“Viewers know Stone as a great reporter and anchor,” Mr. Corvo said. “But his co-workers also know him as a loyal leader and patient mentor. At ‘Dateline,’ we’ll miss the passion he brought to his work, and will do our best to live up to the standard he has set.”
(Editor: Baumann)


  1. I just don’t understand….He is so well spoken,informative,very nice to look at, and true to the heart.When he speaks you listen. You have gotten rid of a fine person and exceptional news man he will be missed. If he appears on another news channel I will be sure to watch.

  2. Are you people out of your minds, I would rather watch Stone Phillips any day rather than Anne Curry. She is okey, but you let the wrong person go. I sure hope he continues on another network, I will be following him and hope everybody else does to. In fact, that would be a good nationwide campaign, no one watching dateline. I have been wondering why I have been shifting to CBS, ABC, & FOX in the past few monthsm,whereas have been a NBC Viewer for years. Must have something to do with the shows you don’t have and the news anchors that are don’t have the pizazz as Stone Phillips, Chris Hanson, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Tom Brokaw, and Merideth Vieira.

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