Congratulations to veteran CBS news correspondent Randall Pinkston. Pinkston recently retired after more than 40 years in journalism. The Yazoo County, Mississippi native got his first TV job in 1971 at WLBT in Jackson.
Randall’s final report aired in May on CBS This Morning. It’s an inspiring story on civil rights leader Medgar Evers, and tells how efforts by Evers helped pave the way for Pinkston and other African-Americans to have a voice on Jackson television and local stations around the nation.
A few “Fridge Notes”: Many of our mass comm students are often surprised to learn their media law textbooks and research documents list WLBT as one of only two stations in the country to lose its FCC broadcast license for violations of fairness in business and on-air practices.
Dr. Olorundare Aworuwa, Dr. William McHenry, MC alumna Deneisha Pearson, Randall Pinkston and Dr. Sunny Fridge at JSU-TV studio.
Although I worked at CBS in New York for six years, I never met Randall Pinkston until I moved to Jackson, Mississippi. It’s always great to see Randall at the annual National Association of Black Journalists Conventions or other journalistic circles. I also had the pleasure to work on the planning committee to bring Pinkston to Jackson State as a guest speaker for JSU Mass Communications Day. And in 2011, I served on the board of the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters that selected Pinkston as one of the first recipients of the MAPB Pioneer of Color Award –for breaking the color barrier in newsrooms around Mississippi.
2011 MAPB Pioneer Honorees Walter Saddler, Randall Pinkston, Sally Ann Roberts, William Dilday. (R. Solis AP Photo)
Watch Randall’s final report for CBS News on Medgar Evers.
Congrats Randall… I join industry colleagues and viewers in saying, “you’ll be missed.” Happy retirement!