Robert Pierpoint dead at 86


CBS News reports the death of one the network’s longest-serving White House correspondents, Robert Pierpoint. The award-winning reporter, who retired in 1990, died Saturday (10/22) from complications following hip surgery at age 86.

Pierpoint’s 23 years of covering presidential politics ran from 1957, covering Dwight Eisenhower, through Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Long before that Pierpoint covered the Korean War for CBS News on radio and TV. His voice appears in the final episode of “M*A*S*H” with the radio announcement of the cease fire.
Beginning as a stringer covering a 1949 Communist uprising in Finland, where he was in graduate school, Pierpoint officially joined CBS News as a correspondent in 1951.

Over the course of his career Pierpoint won two Emmy Awards and the Drew Pearson Foundation Award for Investigative Reporting.

In lieu of flowers, the family said donations may be made to the Charles and Emma Pierpoint Scholarship Fund at the University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave., P.O. Box 3080, Redlands, CA 92373.