Bernard Shaw, longtime CNN anchor, has died at 82

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Bernard Shaw

Bernard Shaw, a CNN fixture for more than 20 years, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 82. His family revealed in a statement that Shaw passed away from pneumonia unrelated to COVID-19.

Shaw was a part of CNN’s founding team in 1980 and was the network’s first lead anchor. He left his job in 2001.

Shaw was born on May 22nd, 1940, grew up in Chicago, and before enlisting in the Marines, he studied at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He was already certain that he wanted to go into journalism. In addition to working for CBS News and ABC News, where he reported from Congress, the White House, and Latin America, he started his journalistic career in his hometown.

Shaw was born on May 22nd, 1940, grew up in Chicago, and before enlisting in the Marines, he studied at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He was already certain that he wanted to go into journalism. In addition to working for CBS News and ABC News, where he reported from Congress, the White House, and Latin America, he started his journalistic career in his hometown.

It was frequently Shaw who viewers saw on screen during the years when they started turning to CNN to watch breaking news unfold: after the 1981 attempt on the life of then-President Ronald Reagan, during the massacre at Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989, live from his hotel room in Baghdad during the First Gulf War in 1991, and during the tumultuous 2000 presidential election.

In a 2014 interview with NPR’s Tell Me More, Shaw discussed maintaining his renowned composure under pressure.

“He admitted to interviewer Michele Martin that one of his goals was to maintain emotional control while hell was erupting. And I believe I successfully completed my rigorous test for it in Baghdad. I want to be cooler the more intense the news story I cover. People rely on you for accurate, detached accounts of what is happening, so the more I ratchet down my emotions, even the tone of voice. And for me to get worked up and carried away would be a disservice to news consumers, whether they be readers, listeners, or watchers.”

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