John Pienaar

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John Pienaar
Born (1956-10-02) 2 October 1956 (age 58)
Nationality British (of Dutch descent)
Occupation Journalist
Employer BBC

John Adrian Pienaar is BBC Radio 5 Live's Chief Political Correspondent.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]


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.[2] In the early 1990s, he was working as a political correspondent for The Guardian in the Press Gallery of the House of Commons.

Personal life[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "Who's Who". Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  2. ^ John Pienaar, biography[dead link]

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