Former Network White House Correspondent Dies

Oct 24, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A longtime television news correspondent who covered six presidents has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Robert C. Pierpoint, who retired in 1990 after a career spanning four decades, died Saturday at 86, the story says.

He was the White House correspondent for CBS News, covering the Korean War, the Kennedy assassination and the Iranian hostage crisis, the story notes. He made his reputation during the Korean War, a role that he revisited when he provided a radio voice for the last episode of "M*A*S*H" in 1983 announcing the end of the Korean War, the story says.

Pierpoint said his "one bad mistake" covering President Kennedy’s assassination was not to reveal that first lady Jacqueline Kennedy had blood on her pink suit when she left his hospital room, the story says. "I didn’t describe the blood, and I should have," he said. "I was in shock."


Robert C. Pierpoint


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