John Pienaar

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John Pienaar
Born John Adrian Pienaar
(1956-10-02) 2 October 1956 (age 60)
Nationality British (of Dutch descent)
Occupation Journalist
Employer BBC
Spouse(s) Denise Walsh (1980-?;divorced)
Penny Davies (present)
Children 4

John Adrian Pienaar (born 2 October 1956) is a British journalist who is currently Deputy Political Editor for BBC News, and presenter of Pienaar's Politics on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Early life[edit]

Pienaar's parents, Eric and Johanna Pienaar, were both born in the Netherlands. He was educated at Ravens Wood School in Bromley and then studied at Highbury College.


Pienaar began his journalistic career at South London Press, before becoming an Old Bailey correspondent. He was then a Political Correspondent at The Independent, the Press Association, ?The Guardian, and from 1992 the BBC, on a range of TV and radio news and current affairs programmes. In 2002 he became Chief Political Correspondent at Radio 5 Live, on which he hosts the Sunday morning programme Pienaar's Politics, and Question Time Extra Time (a radio supplement to BBC 1's Question Time) alongside Stephen Nolan.


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