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2 October 1956 |
||British (of Dutch descent)
John Adrian Pienaar is BBC Radio 5 Live's Chief Political Correspondent.
Pienaar was born on 2 October 1956 to Eric and Johanna Pienaar, who 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. In the early 1990s, he was working as a political correspondent for The Guardian in the Press Gallery of the House of Commons.
Pienaar married Denise Walsh in 1980 and they have a son and a daughter. They divorced and Pienaar married Penny Davies with whom he has two children.
He is an avid Crystal Palace FC supporter.