John Pienaar

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John Pienaar
Born John Adrian Pienaar
(1956-10-02) 2 October 1956 (age 59)
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 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 and then writing an angling column, even though he himself was never an angler.[1] In the early 1990s, he was working as a political correspondent for The Guardian in the Press Gallery of the House of Commons.


  1. ^ John Pienaar, biography Archived February 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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