Randall Pinkston

Journalist; Carnegie Council Ethics Matter Host

Randall Pinkston is a former correspondent for the now defunct Al Jazeera America.

Pinkston previously worked for CBS for 33 years. From 1980 to 1990, Pinkston worked as a reporter for WCBS-TV in New York City. In 1990, Pinkston joined CBS News and served as its White House correspondent for two years. He stayed in CBS's Washington bureau until 1994. Pinkston then moved to New York and worked as a general assignments reporter for CBS Evening News, CBS News Sunday Morning, and 48 Hours. While at CBS News, Pinkston covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. intervention in Haiti, and the Unabomber story.

In May 2013, Pinkston left CBS and joined Al Jazeera America.

Pinkston began his career at WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi, where he worked as an anchor and reporter from 1971 until 1974. He then worked for WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Florida, from 1974 until 1976, as urban affairs director, a general assignment reporter and the producer of a daily public affairs program. From 1976 until 1980, Pinkston worked for WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut, where he served as a reporter, an anchor, and the producer of several public affairs programs and specials.

Pinkston has won three national Emmy awards (1996, 1997, 1998) and one RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award (1996).

Featured Work

Vladimir Putin visits the new Russia Today (RT) broadcasting center, 2012. CREDIT: <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT_(TV_network)#/media/File:Vladimir_Putin_-_Visit_to_Russia_Today_television_channel_2.jpg">Kremlin.ru</a> (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/">CC</a>)

SEP 22, 2017 Podcast

Russian Media and Politics from Soviet Times to Putin, with Jonathan Sanders

Jonathan Sanders lived in Russia for a total of roughly 20 years, both as an academic researcher and as a journalist for CBS News, and has ...

"Baker" explosion, part of U.S. military's Operation Crossroads. Bikini Atoll, Micronesia, July 1946. CREDIT: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Operation_Crossroads_Baker_Edit.jpg">U.S. Deptartment of Defense</a>

AUG 4, 2017 Podcast

Scott D. Sagan on the Nuclear Necessity Principle

Major changes must be made if U.S. nuclear war plans are to conform to the principles of just war doctrine and the law of ...

MAY 4, 2017 Podcast

Global Ethics Forum Preview: Cultural Relations and their Effects on Politics and Economics with J. P. Singh

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, J. P. Singh, director of the Institute for International Cultural Relations, discusses how culture affects all aspects of society. ...

Rev. Robert Chase

APR 20, 2017 Podcast

The Intersection of Religion, Identity, and Peacemaking with Rev. Robert Chase

Rev. Robert Chase has spent 10 years as director of Intersections International, working "to bring disparate groups together in search of peaceful and socially just resolution ...

J. P. Singh. CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni

MAR 2, 2017 Podcast

Cultural Relations and their Effects on Politics and Economics

J. P. Singh describes himself as working at the intersection of culture and political economy, examining how ways of life and their symbolic representations bleed ...

FEB 16, 2017 Podcast

Global Ethics Forum Preview: Kumi Naidoo on Human Rights and the Impact of Climate Change

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, former Greenpeace executive Kumi Naidoo discusses his life of activism, from fighting apartheid in South Africa to his focus ...

Kumi Naidoo

SEP 27, 2016 Podcast

Kumi Naidoo on Human Rights and the Impact of Climate Change

Kumi Naidoo's activism began at 15 years old, when he risked his life to protest against apartheid in his native South Africa. The former Greenpeace executive ...

Detail from 1997 book cover, "The Ends of the Earth: From Togo to Turkmenistan, from Iran to Cambodia, a Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy."

AUG 30, 2016 Podcast

Robert Kaplan on the Underlying Forces that Drive our "Post-Modern" World

"To understand the events of the next 50 years, then, one must understand environmental scarcity, cultural and racial clash, geographic destiny, and the transformation of war." ...

JUN 2, 2016 Podcast

Global Ethics Forum Preview: Bearing Witness to War and Injustice with Photojournalist Ron Haviv

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, photojournalist Ron Haviv walks us through his images from Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, and more, and discusses the ethics of ...

CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni, Carnegie Council

DEC 21, 2015 Podcast

Bearing Witness to War and Injustice: Ron Haviv, Photojournalist

From the Balkan Wars to both invasions of Iraq to the current refugee crisis, photojournalist Ron Haviv has been at the center of many of ...