Elizabeth Cole is executive producer of NBC News’ newsmagazine Dateline NBC, the longest-running series in NBC primetime history, and the president of NBC News Studios, a new unit producing premium documentaries, docuseries, select scripted programming, and content for emerging platforms.
Serving as executive producer of Dateline since July 2011, Cole is responsible for the production of all episodes, investigative reports, podcasts and special series. Now in its 28th season, Dateline is the #1 Friday newsmagazine and reaches more than 16 million people every week through its broadcast, and millions more through its social media platforms and it’s top-rated podcasts. The broadcast was also inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2019.
Cole has also overseen numerous primetime specials and documentaries, including “Life Inside,” a special featuring an inside look at the largest maximum security prison in America, “Reckoning,” an investigation into Jeffrey Epstein and “Silence No More,” a special hour on the biggest sex abuse scandal in the history of Olympic sports. Additionally, she has led coverage of breaking news and historical milestones, including the Paris terror attack, Hurricane Sandy, the Royal Wedding, the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, and the Boston Marathon bombing. Previously, Cole was president of NBC News’ Peacock Productions, a nonfiction production company that created series, documentaries and special events.
Before becoming executive producer, Cole served as executive editor, supervising the daily editorial operations of Dateline. 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 11, as well as “Eyewitness to History,” a two-hour NBC News farewell to Brokaw. Additionally, Cole worked with Big Mouth Productions to adapt its award-winning death penalty documentary, “Deadline,” for television.
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 an NBC page and then 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.
During her time at Dateline, Cole has earned six Emmy Awards, which includes a recent win for “Bringing Down Bill Cosby: Andrea Constand Speaks.” She is also the recipient of two Peabody Awards, three Edward R. Murrow Awards and two Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards.
Cole graduated from Vassar College, where she co-founded the campus TV station, VCTV. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Christian Martin, and their two children.
Cole is on Twitter @elizcole.