On Sept. 7, legendary news anchor Bernard Shaw tragically died at the age of 82, his family announced in a statement, CNN reported. Shaw, who was CNN’s first anchorman, died of “pneumonia unrelated to COVID-19,” the reporter’s family revealed. “In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Bernard Shaw Scholarship Fund at the University of Chicago.
CNN CEO Chris Licht also released a statement offering his condolences to Shaw’s family. Additionally, Johnson, who has known Shaw for more than 55 years, spoke about how Shaw “will be remembered as a staunch advocate of responsible journalism.” “As a journalist [Shaw] demanded accuracy and fairness in reporting,” Johnson said. “He has earned the respect of millions of viewers around the world for his integrity and independence.” Many have taken to Twitter to honor Shaw’s legacy, including CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez. “The Example He has blazed a trail for so many. May he rest in peace,” Jimenez wrote of Shaw. CNN’s chief national correspondent, John King, also published a tribute, calling Shaw “a trailblazer and a legend” and “a role model and example and mentor to so many.”
Bernard Shaw was a force in broadcast journalism
Sadly, reporter Bernard Shaw, who was a major influence on the media, has passed away. Shaw was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1940 and received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1966. After graduating, he became a journalist, previously reporting for major news outlets such as ABC News. He was hired at CNN, where he worked until his retirement in 2001. Here, Shaw covered some of the era’s most prominent news stories, including the start of the Gulf War and the death of Princess Diana.
In a 2014 interview with NPR, the longtime news anchor spoke about his ambitions to achieve great things as a journalist. “I wanted to be the best broadcast journalist I could be, and I wanted to emulate my idol — the first of two idols — Edward R. Murrow and later Walter Cronkite, who became a good friend for about 50 years,” Shaw said. The news legend added that he “sought for perfection” with every story he reported. As CNBC wrote, that work ethic has earned Shaw accolades such as induction into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Black Journalists. The acclaimed reporter’s indelible legacy will not be forgotten anytime soon in the media world and beyond.