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Happy Birthday To Rivertowns'’ Stone Stockton Phillips

Stone Stockton Phillips turns 61 on Wednesday.
Stone Stockton Phillips turns 61 on Wednesday.

RIVERTOWNS, N.Y. -- Happy birthday to Rivertowns’ Stone Stockton Phillips.

Phillips, who owns a house in Rivertowns, turns 61 on Wednesday.

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. Before 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."

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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