Bernard Shaw, a renowned media pioneer and a longtime CNN anchor, passed away on Thursday at the age of 82 from pneumonia unrelated to COVID-19.
“Bernard Shaw was an American journalist and lead news anchor for CNN from 1980 until his retirement in March 2001. Prior to his time at CNN, he was a reporter and anchor for WNUS, Westinghouse Broadcasting, CBS News, and ABC News.”according to his biography.
Fox News journalist Charles V. Payne paid tribute to Shaw on Twitter by writing:
“Such a great and kind human being and so humble. A true trailblazer.. Thank you Bernard Shaw RIP”
Such a great and kind human being and so humble. A true trailblazer..
Thank you Bernard Shaw
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) September 9, 2022
Shaw passed away, as reported by Vernon Jones, a Georgia candidate for the US House of Representatives:
“When @cnn reported trusted news and not fake news, at the helm was Bernard Shaw. When he left @cnn turned the lights off on journalism & Journalist. Bernard Shaw…a great American patriot! ”
When @cnn reported trusted news and not fake news, at the helm was Bernard Shaw. When he left @cnn turned the lights off on journalism & Journalist. Bernard Shaw…a great American patriot! 🙏🏽 🙏🏽 🙏🏽 https://t.co/9BQfx3SDxR
— Vernon Jones (@VernonForGA) September 8, 2022
Regarding Shaw’s history and legacy, the AP stated:
“Shaw, former CNN anchor and a pioneering Black journalist, remembered for his blunt question at a presidential debate and calmly reporting the beginning of the Gulf War in 1991 from Baghdad as it was under attack, has died.
A former CBS and ABC newsman, Shaw took a chance and accepted an offer to become CNN’s chief anchor at its launch in 1980. He later reported before a camera hurriedly set up in a newsroom after the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Regan.
He retired at age 61 in 2001.
As moderator of a 1988 presidential debate between George H. W. Bush and Michael Dukakis, he asked the Democrat — a death penalty opponent — whether he would support that penalty for someone found guilty of raping and murdering Dukakis’ wife Kitty.”
Shaw was there when CNN was a far more credible organization. His family made the announcement that he had gone away on Wednesday. He was the network’s first main anchor.
“CNN’s beloved anchor and colleague, Bernard Shaw, passed away yesterday at the age of 82. Bernie was a CNN original and was our Washington Anchor when we launched on June 1st, 1980,” according to CNN Chairman and CEO Chris Licht. “He was our lead anchor for the next twenty years from anchoring coverage of presidential elections to his iconic coverage of the First Gulf War live from Baghdad in 1991. Even after he left CNN, Bernie remained a close member of our CNN family providing our viewers with context about historic events as recently as last year. The condolences of all of us at CNN go out to his wife Linda and his children.”
According to CNN, “During his storied career, Shaw reported on some of the biggest stories of that time — including the student revolt in Tiananmen Square in May 1989, the First Gulf war live from Baghdad in 1991, and the 2000 presidential election.”
“In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Bernard Shaw Scholarship Fund at the University of Chicago. The Shaw family requests complete privacy at this time,” according to the former CEO of CNN, Tom Johnson.
The anchor “exemplified excellence in his life, and will be remembered as a fierce advocate of responsible journalism.” according to Johnson.
“As a journalist, he demanded accuracy and fairness in news coverage. He earned the respect of millions of viewers around the world for his integrity and independence. He resisted forcefully any lowering of ethical news standards or any compromise of solid news coverage. He always could be trusted as a reporter and as an anchor,” he added.
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“Bernie was my personal friend and colleague for more than 55 years. I will miss him enormously,” he stated. ” My wife Edwina and I extend our most genuine condolences to Bernie’s wife Linda and to his family.”
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