Rob Stafford

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Rob Stafford (born December 15, 1958) is a Chicago television anchor and a former correspondent for NBC's Dateline NBC newsmagazine.

Robert R. Stafford
Born December 15, 1958
New Hampshire
Nationality American
Occupation WMAQ anchor, Dateline correspondent
Spouse(s) Lisa

Early life and education[edit]

A native of New Hampshire, Robert R. Stafford earned a degree in political science and journalism at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1981.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Stafford began his career as a reporter and anchor for KBJR-TV in Duluth, Minnesota and WFRV-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He then became a morning news anchor and an investigative reporter at WFTV-TV in Orlando, Florida.[2] While at WFTV, Stafford founded the station's investigative unit and launched a two-year investigation into hotel security in Orlando, which because of Disney World is a popular tourist destination. Stafford's work exposed significant security breaches for tourists and ultimately resulted in a grand jury investigation.[3]

In September 1992, Stafford joined WBBM-TV in Chicago as a general assignment reporter. During his four years at the station, he also worked as a fill-in anchor.

Stafford left WBBM in 1996 to join NBC's Dateline NBC newsmagazine show, where he worked as a Chicago-based correspondent for the newsmagazine program for almost 11 years. He was fired from Dateline NBC in 2006 in a cost-cutting move.[4]

On September 23, 2007, Stafford joined WMAQ-TV in Chicago as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter.[5] "I wanted this job and asked for it," Stafford told the Chicago Sun-Times after being hired by WMAQ.[6]

He moved to the main anchor position in July 2009 and currently anchors the station's 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Awards[edit]

While at Dateline, Stafford won two national news Emmy awards. He also won the Edward R. Murrow award in 2000 for his Dateline investigation into racial profiling.[7]

Personal[edit]

Stafford and his wife, Lisa, live in Hinsdale, Illinois.

Stafford was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, amyloidosis in 2017. His doctors diagnosed it early, and Stafford will undergo a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy. He credits his wife, Lisa, for encouraging him to undergo further tests after a routine physical revealed slightly elevated protein levels.[8]

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