Concussions report by ex-“Dateline” newsman Stone Phillips to air on “NewsHour”

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PBS NewsHour will air a segment tonight (April 2) on concussions in youth football that former Dateline NBC correspondent Stone Phillips had reported and posted on his website. According to the New York Times, Neal Shapiro, president of WNET in New York, brought the report to the attention of Linda Winslow, NewsHour e.p.

Phillips suffered two concussions as a high school and college football player. He paid to produce his own news report on the topic. The segment is about 14 minutes long and features on-camera interviews with researchers. It’s his first since leaving Dateline in 2007.

“I did not have any plans for it to be broadcast,” Phillips said. “I was perfectly happy to have it be on the Web site.” Phillips also plans on posting to his site segments on mental health and reading disabilities.

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