CBS News' Robert Pierpoint Dead At 86
October 24, 2011 at 3:57 AM (PT)
ROBERT PIERPOINT, who served as CBS NEWS WHITE HOUSE correspondent from 1957 through 1980, died SATURDAY due to complications from hip surgery in SANTA BARBARA, CA at 86.
PIERPONT joined CBS in 1949 as a stringer in FINLAND and became one of EDWARD R. MURROW's "MURROW's Boys," joining the network as a full-time correspondent in 1951 and covering the KOREAN WAR. He was FAR EAST Bureau Chief until 1957 before taking the WHITE HOUSE beat. After the long WHITE HOUSE stint, PIERPOINT covered the State Department in 1980 and them became a correspondent for "SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES KURALT" until his 1990 retirement.