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Randall Pinkston Leaving CBS, But Not Before Documenting How He Got His Start

At the end of a CBS Evening News story about where he got his start, it was announced that CBS News correspondent Randall Pinkston would be leaving the network. Pinkston, 63, joined CBS in 1980. He spent 10 years as a reporter at WCBS and, since 1990, has been a correspondent for CBS News, including a stint at the White House.

Pinkston’s final story was about where he got his start — at WLBT in Jackson, MS in 1971 — and why. It was due, in part, to the fact that 50 years ago tomorrow civil rights leader Medgar Evers asked for, and received equal time — unheard of at the time for a black man to appear on TV in the segregated South. Less than month later, Evers was assassinated.

At the end of that story, anchor Jim Axelrod announced Pinkston is leaving CBS. “He’s always been one of the true gentleman in this business and we will miss his warmth, his grace and his class,” said Axelrod. It’s not known if Pinkston is leaving for another opportunity or leaving the business.

After the jump, watch Pinkston’s last story for CBS News, which focused on civil rights leader and broadcaster Medgar Evers.
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Remembering Harold Dow

Dow_8.21.jpgRichard Prince‘s Journal-isms got some reaction from several of CBS Newsman Harold Dow‘s colleagues, following Dow’s sudden death Saturday morning.

“60 Minutes” correspondent Byron Pitts was on assignment last night with colleagues: “We all raised a glass for our friend,” wrote Pitts, adding, “Harold was one of the funniest men I’ve ever known. Always welcoming, always willing to share his wisdom with those of us coming along,” said Pitts.

Russ Mitchell, anchor of the “CBS Evening News” Sunday edition, added, “Harold was my Angel. And correspondent Randall Pinkston, said Dow “was a trailblazer, a great journalist, a great friend and mentor. I shall miss him enormously.”

In a press release, Dow’s “48 Hours” boss Susan Zirinsky writes, “It was his humanity, which was felt by everyone he encountered, even in his toughest interviews, that truly defined the greatness of his work. He was the most selfless man I have known.”

USAirways Crash: Broadcast News Notes

CouricPlane_1.15.jpgCBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric is reporting live from the scene where USAirways flight 1549 crashed into the Hudson River a few hours ago. Couric is having to deal with honking horns along the West Side Highway while talking with correspondent Randall Pinkston and interviewing the last passenger who made it off the plane.

Brian Williams and Charlie Gibson are anchoring from their studios.

GMA’s Robin Roberts, who witnessed the crash from her balcony is reporting for World News and Mike Taibbi is reporting from the west side for NBC Nightly News.

NBC and ABC each went until about 6:41pmET with their coverage before taking a break. CBS reported on the cold in the Midwest (while Couric stood in the cold in the east), reported a story on the cold weather expected for the Inauguration, then pitched to a Richard Roth story on the situation in Gaza before taking a break around 6:44pmET.

> And here in New York (at 7pmET) WABC-7, WCBS-2, WNBC-4 & WNYW Fox5 are all live covering the aftermath of the crash.

Dow Dives as House Votes

Breaking: The cable news and business networks are covering the House vote on the $700 billion bailout bill. As the tally continued to an eventual “No” vote, the dow took a nose dive, at one point down 705 points. On MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell and House producer/reporter Mike Viqueira discussed the rules that could turn some of the “no” votes around. On CNN with Kyra Phillips anchoring, Ali Velshi discussed the business side of the story. On FNC, Neil Cavuto joined the Live Desk anchors discussing the “other options” still available if this bill dies.

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The broadcast networks also produced special reports on the news. ABC’s report at 2:08pmET was anchored by Charlie Gibson; correspondents Jake Tapper and Betsy Stark contributed.

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CBS produced a special report at 2:10pmET. Randall Pinkston anchored and business correspondent Anthony Mason reported on the Wall Street reaction and Bob Orr reported from Washington

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Brian Williams anchored a special report on NBC at 2:21pmET. Viqueira contributed from Capitol Hill and CNBC’s Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reported on the market reaction.

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