Little Compton biographer portrays TV news icon

Little Compton resident Tony Silvia has written a book about CBS's news icon, Robert Pierpoint (pictured on book cover above).

Little Compton resident Tony Silvia has written a book about CBS’s news icon, Robert Pierpoint (pictured on book cover above).

LITTLE COMPTON — Little Compton resident Tony Silvia has written a book about one of the early luminaries of television news reporting, the late Robert Pierpoint, who started his career as a protege of Edward R. Murrow during the Korean War and became a familiar face on CBS News.
Mr. Silvia will be talking about his book and Mr. Pierpoint, and answering questions, at a book signing ceremony on Wednesday, August 13 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, in Westport, located at 865 Main Road in Westport (Telephone 508-636-4177).
In a speech two years ago at the University of Redlands in Southern California, Mr. Pierpoint’s alma mater, Mr. Silvia called Mr. Pierpoint “the last Murrow boy,” primarily because, he said, Mr. Pierpoint “was there when television news was in its infancy, as it was figuring out what it wanted to be when it grew up. He was at the epicenter of a time when news was seen by those who helped invent it as a public trust, not a private profit center.”
Mr. Silvia told the Redlands audience, “I can say that those with whom I’ve spoken have an unflinching respect for what Robert Pierpoint embodied, qualities that often put him in conflict with people higher up in the news hierarchy.”
The publisher of the book, is McFarland, an independent publisher of academic and non-fiction books (
McFarland, publisher of Mr. Silvia’s book, says the work “is the first biography of journalist Robert Pierpoint, a contemporary of Edward R. Murrow, hired by him to cover the Korean War for CBS. He went on to cover the White House, through six presidents.”
“In more than 40 years with the network,” says McFarland, Mr. Pierpoint “covered the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Nixon’s resignation, and the State Department, culminating in memorable reporting for CBS Sunday Morning. He was the winner of two Emmy Awards for investigative reporting and helped shape the careers of many of today’s journalists, including Bob Schieffer, Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, and Diane Sawyer.”
The book, out in paperback and published July 1, 2014, includes a Foreword by Mr. Schieffer.
Copes of the books are available locally and also through Amazon.
Mr. Silvia is a former television news reporter/anchor in Providence and has been a faculty member at the University of Rhode Island. He is currently a professor of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
He holds both an M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Birmingham, England, and has worked as a reporter for many years in radio and television news. He has produced reportage on CNN, CNN-International, Headline News, and the Airport Network, as well as on a blog he maintains called Talking Points.
He has been recognized with three Emmy Award nominations, an Associated Press Award for for best documentary and in 2008 was inducted as a fellow of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. He has published more than two dozen articles in academic and industry journals and five books, and maintains a blog called Talking Points.