Elizabeth Cole


Elizabeth Cole is the president of Peacock Productions, a position she has held since March 2018. In addition to this role, Cole is executive producer of “Dateline,” the premier name in true crime storytelling and the longest-running series in NBC primetime history.

At Dateline, Cole is responsible for the production of all true crime episodes, investigative reports and special series, such as “My Kid Would Never Do That,” “Escape!” the award-winning documentary series, “America Now,” and the annual “The Toast!” New Year’s Eve specials.                                                                                                                                                                   

Cole has also overseen numerous primetime documentaries including: “Confronting Putin” and “Barack Obama: The Reality of Hope,” as well as 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.

Before becoming executive producer of Dateline, Cole served as executive editor, supervising the daily editorial operations. Prior to that, she produced many 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 11.

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 the NBC News’ special projects unit, working on primetime specials and documentaries. She also served as an associate producer, segment producer and broadcast producer for Dateline.  She began working at 30 Rock as a page and was recently featured in the Hollywood Reporter article, “21 Pages Turned Hollywood Players Tell All.”

During her time at Dateline, Cole has earned four Emmy Awards, which includes a recent win for “Dateline NBC: The Cosby Women Speak.”  She is also the recipient of two Peabody Awards, three Edward R. Murrow Awards, two Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards and a Gracie Award for outstanding individual achievement as a Producer.

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.

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