Back in the late 1980s, the 1990s, and some part of the 2000s, Stone Phillips was one of the most popular faces on television as he held notable positions in two of America’s most popular television networks; ABC and NBC. The Yale University graduate who was noted for his excellence in all the activities he participated in, will be most remembered for his roles as a correspondent for 20/20 and World News Tonight with ABC News, and as co-anchor of Dateline NBC. Read on to find out all there is to know about him, including details of his net worth and what he has been up to ever since he left those networks.
Stone Phillips was born Stone Stockton Phillips on the 2nd of December, 1954 in Texas City, Texas. His parents are mother Grace, a school teacher, and father Victor, a World War II veteran and chemical engineer that worked for The Monsanto Company. He has two siblings; brother Victor III and sister Minta. His family is of Scottish ancestry.
Having been born in Texas, Phillips and his siblings were raised in the Claymont section of Ballwin, Missouri. In his young days, he was an acolyte at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Ellisville, Missouri, a congregation in which his parents were founding members. He went on to receive his high school education at Parkway West High School in Ballwin, Missouri. During his time there, he was the starting quarterback on the school’s football team and was also an honor student.
After graduating from high school, Stone Phillips was accepted to attend Ivy League institution Yale University. He kept up his performances in his academics and in sports all through his time in school and was also a member of Yale’s Scroll and Key secret society. In 1976, he was the starting quarterback of the Yale Bulldogs team that won the Ivy League football championship. The following year, Phillips graduated with an honors Bachelor of Philosophy degree. He was also awarded Yale’s prestigious F. Gordon Brown Award for outstanding academic and athletic leadership.
Stone Phillips subsequently took a job as a remedial reading and math teacher at the Fulton County Juvenile Detention Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He later landed an entry-level news position at a local television station, a position he held for about two years before ABC News acquired his services in 1980 as an assignment editor for its Washington, D.C., news bureau.
By 1982, Phillips began filing stories as an on-air correspondent for ABC, reporting on major events such as the war in Lebanon and the exodus of Vietnamese boat people in the mid-1980s. In 1986, he was promoted to a regular role on the ABC newsmagazine 20/20 while also serving as a substitute host on Good Morning America and a sports anchor for ABC’s World News Sunday.
In 1992, after a 12-year working relationship with the ABC News Network, Stone Phillips moved to join NBC News where he served as co-anchor with Jane Pauley on Dateline NBC. He also began hosting the show Weekend Magazine with Stone Phillips. During his time with the network, he was noted for conducting a number of sensational interviews with different personalities from around the world, including Russian President Boris Yeltsin and serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. His interview with Bernhard Goetz earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Interview.
On the 2nd of July, 2007, Phillips’ time with NBC came to an end as the network opted to not renew his contract.
What Happened to Stone Phillips, Where is He Now?
Following his departure from NBC in 2007, Stone Phillips appeared to have taken time off work for a while as he did not take any notable job until 2012 when he was contributing reports to the PBS NewsHour. In 2013, he produced and hosted a PBS documentary that chronicled he and his siblings’ efforts in providing care for their parents titled Moving with Grace. That same year, he also appeared on The Golf Channel, reporting on golf course water usage.
A few publications have reported that Stone Phillips has an estimated net worth of $15 million, an amount he must have accumulated during his time with both ABC and NBC. While it is not exactly clear how much he earned per year during his time with the networks, it was reported in 2007 that the reporter and correspondent had been signed to a $7 million deal with NBC, a contract in which the network opted to not renew, prompting him to leave.