Born in Redondo Beach, California, Pierpoint served in the United States Navy during World War II. In 1948, he graduated from the University of Redlands. Before becoming one of CBS's White House correspondents, Pierpoint covered the Korean War and appeared on the first edition of See It Now in 1951. Recreating the role, his voice appears in "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen", the final episode of M*A*S*H.
On November 22, 1963 he was riding in a press bus in the motorcade for President Kennedy when the president was assassinated. He also covered the State Department for CBS, and appeared frequently on Charles Kuralt's Sunday Morning broadcasts until his retirement.
Pierpoint also served as White House correspondent for six presidential administrations, from Eisenhower to Carter. His memoirs from this period are detailed in his book, At the White House (1981). His biography, Robert Pierpoint: A Life at CBS News, authored by Tony Silvia, was published in 2014.
Pierpoint and his wife, Patricia Adams Pierpoint, had four children, including actor Eric Pierpoint, and five grandchildren. He is buried in the Redlands, California, Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery.
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