March 3, 1950 |
Yazoo County, Mississippi
|Alma mater||Millsaps College(B.A.)
University of Connecticut
|Notable credit(s)||Al Jazeera America News
CBS Evening News
Up to the Minute
CBS Morning News
Willie Randall Pinkston (born March 3, 1950) is a correspondent for Al Jazeera America. Previously he was with CBS News. After a stint as a White House Correspondent in CBS's Washington Bureau, Pinkston became a general assignment reporter, contributing to CBS broadcasts, including CBS Evening News, CBS News Sunday Morning and 48 Hours. Pinkston also contributed to the CBS Reports documentary, Legacy of Shame with Correspondent Dan Rather. Pinkston has filled in as anchor on the CBS Evening News, Up to the Minute and CBS Morning News.
Early life and education
Born in Yazoo County, Mississippi, he attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, originally intending to pursue a career in law. However, after his father died, he moved back to Mississippi and earned a bachelor's degree in 1973 from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He also earned a law degree from University of Connecticut in 1980.
Pinkston began his career at WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi, where he worked as an anchor and reported from 1971 until 1974. He then worked for WJXT-TV from 1974 until 1976, as urban affairs director, a general assignment reporter and the producer of a daily public affairs program. From 1976 until 1980, Pinkston worked for WFSB-TV in Hartford, where he served as a reporter, an anchor and the producer of several public affairs programs and specials.
In 1990, Pinkston joined CBS News as its White House correspondent. He spent two years covering President George H. W. Bush, including breaking the news in January 1992 of the president falling ill while dining with Japan's prime minister, Kiichi Miyazawa. From 1992 until 1994, Pinkston remained in CBS's Washington bureau.
In 1994, Pinkston wa moved to CBS's New York bureau. He reports today for the CBS Evening News and also for other CBS news broadcasts. He has covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the U.S. intervention in Haiti, the Unabomber story, the standoff involving the Montana Freemen and the trial of Susan Smith.
In November 2000, Pinkston was a leading candidate for the top job anchoring at WBBM-TV in Chicago. He taped an audition in November 2000 with longtime WBBM news anchor Linda MacLennan, according to an article in the November 15, 2000, edition of the Chicago Sun-Times. Ultimately, however, the station gave the job to insider David Kerley.
- Pinkston, Peterson Latest to Connect With Al Jazeera
- Staff. Randall Pinkston, CBS News, April 12, 2011. Accessed August 16, 2011.
- Randall Pinkston Leaving CBS But Not Before Documenting How He Got His Start TVNewser, May 19, 2013
- Phelps, Shirelle; and Oblender, David G. "Randall Pinkston", Contemporary Black Biography, p. 129. Gale Research, 2000. ISBN 0-7876-3248-1. Accessed August 16, 2011. "He and his wife, Patricia McLain, and their daughter and two stepdaughters, live in Teaneck, New Jersey."