Randall Pinkston is an award-winning journalist covering national and international issues. Pinkston worked freelance as a reporter and anchor at Al Jazeera America from September 2013 till April 2016. Prior to joining Al Jazeera America, Pinkston worked at CBS for more than 30 years.
Pinkston joined CBS News in 1990 as a White House Correspondent, covering the administration of President George H. W. Bush. After Bush’s re-election defeat, Pinkston became a general assignment correspondent in CBS’ Washington Bureau.
Pinkston covered many of the major stories of the past two decades, including the Chilean earthquake, Tiger Woods’ return to the Augusta National Golf Club: Masters Tournament, the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, the final launch of NASA’s shuttle, Discovery, from the Kennedy Space Center, and the election of Pope Francis.
Pinkston, an adjunct professor at City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, is the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2008 Public Service Award for coverage of the aids crisis in among African-Americans. He also won three national Emmy Awards and two for local news coverage. In 1996, he received an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the RTNDA for the documentary, “CBS Reports: Legacy of Shame.”
Pinkston began his career in Jackson, Miss., as an anchor/reporter at WLBT TV and as an announcer at WJDX FM Radio. Pinkston graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and from the University of Connecticut Law School in 1980 with a J.D. degree. Pinkston and his wife, Patricia McLain, live in Bergen County, N.J.