Stephen Stock is an award-winning investigative reporter with NBC Bay Area, KNTV, which covers the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a lead investigative reporter with the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit, and works alongside chief investigative reporter Tony Kovaleski, Jenna Susko, Vicky Nguyen, and Elyce Kirchner. Prior to joining the team in California, Stock spent the previous twenty years reporting in Florida. From 2007-2012, Stock worked for WFOR in Miami as a member of the CBS4 I-Team, and before that was the chief investigative reporter and founding member of WESH's I-Team in Orlando from 2005-2007.
After graduating with honors from Owen High School in Swannanoa, NC in 1979, Stephen went on to pursue his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He majored in Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures and graduated with the Class of 1983.
Recently, Stock exposed the details behind the relationship between the principle executives of Google and NASA Ames. That relationship allows Google's principles to park their private airplanes on taxpayer property. The story prompted U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley to call for a congressional investigation.
Stephen uncovered widespread unregulated fracking in the state of California, which triggered action on the part of Governor Jerry Brown to announce closer scrutiny of the practice.
Stephen and the investigative unit uncovered questions about a toxic EPA superfund site and its effects on residents living over it in Mountain View and Moffett Field, CA.
He also has investigated a rise in the number of mid-air close calls between airplanes over San Francisco Bay.
According to his website,
NBC Bay Area investigative reporter Stephen Stock’s work has prompted changes in both federal law and policy. His joint investigation with CBS's 60 Minutes into Medicare fraud prompted Congressional leaders to change federal law. The multiple part investigation won Florida's Associated Press' Best in Show and the Society of Professional Journalists' Green Eyeshade Awards Best in Television and Best Investigative Work.
Stephen's investigation in airline pilots falling asleep in the cockpit also ended with the FAA changing flight rules to ensure that pilots get more rest. His exposure of troubled day cares throughout the state forced the State of Florida to change the way it monitors and tracks day cares that fail to comply with state regulations.
His bio on the NBC Investigative Unit page also says "For thirty years, Stephen Stock has covered everything from hurricanes to space shuttles, FEMA to mysterious truck fires" and that "His work has prompted Congressional hearings and changed state laws."
He is also a member of IRE, Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Stephen Stock joined KNTV in January 2012 after working with WFOR, the CBS owned-and-operated station in Miami, FL, for five years. Prior to his time spent in Miami, Stock had worked for WESH in Orlando, FL for more than a decade and a half. Stock covered regional and national news for NBC News Channel and MSNBC as a Florida & Southeast regional contributing correspondent during this time as well.
In total, Stephen has almost thirty years of journalism experience, and has also worked for WYFF in Greenville, SC, WECT in Wilmington, NC, and WDBJ in Roanoke, VA.
In a Sun-Sentinel article written in June 2011, Stephen said that he fell in love with journalism in seventh grade, and that he hoped his legacy will be that of someone who made a difference.
Stephen has won numerous awards for his work in media, including:2013 Edward R Murrow Award — Region 2, Investigative Reporting
2010 Green Eyeshade Award — Best in TV; Society of Professional Journalists
2010 Green Eyeshade Award — First Place: TV Investigative
2010 Florida Associated Press — Best in Show
2010 Florida Associated Press — Best Investigative
2009 Edward R Murrow Regional Award — Region 13, Continuing Coverage
2009 One Suncoast Regional Emmy
2008 Edward R Murrow Regional Award — Region 13, Spot News
2008 Two Suncoast Regional Emmys
2006 IRE Award (Investigative Reporters & Editors) Finalist, Top 20 Market
2006 Sunshine State Award
2005 Green Eyeshade Award — Best in TV; SPJ
2005 Green Eyeshade Award — First Place: TV Investigative Reporting
2005 Green Eyeshade Award — First Place: TV Business Reporting
2005 Florida Associated Press — Best in Show, Best Investigative
2005 One Suncoast Regional Emmy
2004 Columbia-DuPont Silver Baton
2004 Florida Associated Press — Individual Achievement Award
2004 One Suncoast Regional Emmy
2003 George Foster Peabody Award
2003 IRE Award, Finalist, Top 20 Market
2003 Two Suncoast Regional Emmys
2001 Sunshine State Award
2000 Green Eyeshade Award — First Place: TV Investigative