Born in Redondo Beach, California, Pierpoint served in the United States Navy during World War II. In 1948, he graduated from University of Redlands. Before becoming one of CBS' White House correspondents, Pierpoint covered the Korean War and appeared on the first edition of See It Now in 1951. On November 22, 1963 he was riding in press bus #1 in the Dallas motorcade for President Kennedy when the president was assassinated. He also covered the State Department for CBS, and appeared frequently on Charles Kuralt's Sunday Morning broadcasts until his retirement.
As a close associate of Edward R. Murrow on radio and television, he was seen as having been a member of the second generation of Murrow's Boys. He is also remembered for playing himself, on the radio, in the final episode of M*A*S*H.
In all, Pierpoint served as White House correspondent for six presidential administrations, from Eisenhower to Carter. His memoirs from this period are detailed in his book, At the White House (1981).
Pierpoint and his wife, Patricia Adams Pierpoint, had four children, including actor Eric Pierpoint, and five grandchildren.
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