Ron Stone (reporter)
Ron Stone (April 6, 1936 – May 13, 2008) was an American news anchor at KPRC-TV in Houston, Texas for 20 years from 1972 to 1992. He was called "the most popular and revered news anchor the city has ever known" by the Houston Chronicle. He was president of Stonefilms, Inc., a Texas production company.
Education and early career
Stone attended college and received a B.A. from East Central State University. He had an M.L.A. degree from Houston Baptist University. After college, Stone was a broadcaster for the National Football League and the Southwest Conference.
Television news career
Stone was born in Hanna, Oklahoma, graduated from East Central University in Ada, then known as East Central State Teachers College, and worked in radio and television in several small Oklahoma markets. He was working at KVOO in Tulsa in 1961, when he caught the eye of Dan Rather, who was then KHOU Houston, Channel 11's lead anchor.
He started his television news career at Houston CBS affiliate KHOU, where he worked for a decade before becoming anchor at NBC affiliate KPRC-TV. He was a TV news anchor for KPRC-TV from 1972 to 1992. During part of this time, he co-anchored the news with Paula Zahn, who later anchored on CNN and who worked with Ron Franklin before his eventual move to ESPN.
Independent producer and other work
After retiring from television news in 1992, he started the production company, Stonefilms, Inc. with his son. In 1999, he succeeded Ray Miller (1919–2008) as host of KPRC-TV's The Eyes of Texas cultural anthology series.
Stone died of cancer. He was 72.
Stone wrote three books about Texas history, A Book of Texas Days, Disaster at Texas City, and Houston: Simply Spectacular.
- Communicator of the Year, 1990, University of Houston School of Communications
- Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, University of Houston, 1994
- 2005 Programs
- TABulletin: Pioneer Round-Up
- Ron Stone Biography, Stonefilms of Texas, retrieved 2008-05-13
- Join Us to Celebrate Life at CanCare's Annual Survivors Day Luncheon, About Life, No. 2, 2006, retrieved 2008-05-13
- He anchored the 5 pm news with Jan Carson from 1983 to 1986. Veteran Houston news anchor Ron Stone dies at 72
- Ron Stone, Doug Johnson: A Look Back - Station News Story - KPRC Houston
- Ron Stone Passes Away At 72, KPRC-TV Channel 2, Houston, 2008-05-13, retrieved 2008-05-13
- School of Communication
- Previous Speakers and Chapter Activities in 2003