OXFORD, Miss. – Randall Pinkston, winner of three national Emmys and one Edward R. Murrow Award as a network correspondent, has been chosen for the 2013 Samuel Talbert Silver Em Award from the University of Mississippi.
A native of Yazoo County, Pinkston retired in May after 33 years with CBS and in September joined the new Al Jazeera America team as a freelance journalist and national correspondent. In a video prepared for his retirement, anchor Scott Pelley noted Pinkston reported more than 7,700 stories from venues ranging from the Tora Bora caves in Afghanistan to the schoolhouse in Newtown, Conn.
The award will be presented at a noon luncheon on Thursday (Oct. 17) in the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at Ole Miss. Ticket information is available from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at 662-915-7146.
The Silver Em dates to 1958 and is the highest award in journalism presented by the university. The criteria limit recipients to Mississippians with notable journalism careers, journalists with notable careers in Mississippi or both, which is the case with Pinkston.