Stone was one of the founding members and the first president of the National Association of Black Journalists.
From the early 1970s until he left for the University of North Carolina, Stone was a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News.
In 1991, he became the Walter Spearman Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Stone taught censorship and magazine writing while at UNC and won Excellence in Teaching on more than one occasion. He retired in 2004.
Over his career, Stone received six honorary doctorates and multiple awards, including the Distinguished Service in Journalism Award, the National Association of Black Journalists' Lifetime Achievement Award and The Freedom Forum's Al Neuharth Free Spirit Award.
Stone is survived by his children Krishna Stone, Allegra Stone, and Charles S. Stone III; grandchild Parade Stone and by his sisters Madalene Seymour and Irene Gordy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chuck Stone Citizen of the World fund at the UNC School of Journalism or the Mass Communication Foundation of North Carolina, Inc.