CBS News Vet Emerson Stone Dead at 86

Peabody Award Winner Was Longtime Radio News Head
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Emerson Stone, 86, the former CBS News executive credited with producing the first live call-in radio show with a sitting U.S. President—Jimmy Carter in 1977—has died of complications from a fall at his home in Greenwich, Conn. He retired from CBS in 1986.

Stone spent most of his career—nearly 35 years with CBS—on the radio side. He was named head of the radio department in 1967 and VP in 1971, in charge of all radio broadcasts.

He was also the first executive put in charge of news practices at CBS—in September 1982. That followed CBS' airing of “The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception,” which drew criticism and a lawsuit. Stone's role was to "examine and respond to significant criticism of the entire range of CBS News broadcasts, as well as examine and review matters involving editorial standards and practices.”  

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