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NBCUNIVERSAL EXECUTIVES -- Pictured: Liz Cole, Executive Producer, Dateline -- Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC
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updated 9/23/2011 11:05:01 AM ET 2011-09-23T15:05:01

Elizabeth Cole was named Executive Producer of NBC News’ primetime newsmagazine Dateline NBC in July 2011.

Formerly Executive Producer, Cole was the Executive Editor, supervising the day-to-day editorial operations of Dateline, including primetime specials on the royal wedding, the Japan earthquake, the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, the Inauguration of Barack Obama, the Hudson River plane crash, and the death of Michael Jackson.

Prior to that, she was a producer at “Dateline” where she produced some of the newsmagazine’s most notable broadcasts including The Last Days of Jesus, Secrets of the da Vinci Code and Eyewitness to History, a two-hour NBC News farewell to Tom Brokaw. She also produced Tom Brokaw documentaries on the detention of asylum seekers in the U.S., the Iraq War, and intelligence failures leading up to the events of September 11th.

In addition to her work at NBC News, in 2000 Cole served as Vice President and Senior Executive Producer of programming for Pseudo.com, a pioneering streaming video website. At Pseudo, Cole oversaw ten hours a day of live, interactive programming on topics ranging from technology to pop culture to politics, including Pseudo's acclaimed coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

Cole began her career in journalism as a researcher for NBC News' Maria Shriver unit in 1991, working on her primetime specials and documentaries. She served as an associate producer for “Dateline” from 1993 to 1997, a segment producer for the newsmagazine from 1997 to 2000 and 2001 to 2003, and broadcast producer from 2003 to 2005.

She is the recipient of two Headliner Awards (2000 and 2005), a Radio Television News Directors Association Award (2002), a Sigma Delta Chi Award (2002), two Clarion Awards (1998 and 2002), an Overseas Press Club Award (2001) and a Gracie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement (2000).

Cole graduated from Vassar College in 1990, where she co-founded the campus TV station, VCTV. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, AETN Television VP of Broadband Strategy and Development, Christian Martin, and their two children.


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