After attending the Michele Clark Fellowship Program for Minority Journalists at Columbia University, Pinkston became the first African American to anchor a 6 p.m. newscast at the local NBC affiliate. Within a year, he graduated to a CBS affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1976, Pinkston transferred to Post-Newsweek’s WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut, where he held posts as anchor, reporter and producer of public affairs programs. Meanwhile, he earned a law degree from The University of Connecticut School of Law and joined CBS as a White House correspondent, where he covered the presidency of George H.W. Bush. He remained with the network until 2013, reporting for CBS Evening News. In August 2013 he joined Al Jazeera America as a freelance journalist. Pinkston has won three national Emmy awards and an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, the Silver Em Award from the University of Mississippi and the Society of Professional Journalists Community Service Award. He lives with his wife, Patricia McLain, in Teaneck, New Jersey, and returns to Oxford periodically as an adjunct instructor of Journalism at Ole Miss.
Journalist/Educator, Previously Correspondent/Anchor, Al Jazeera America; Correspondent, CBS News