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Bernard Shaw, CNN’s first chief anchor, dead at 82

CNN anchor Bernard Shaw poses in his office at CNN's Washington bureau Feb. 15, 2001. At age 60, Shaw is leaving the news network that he helped create 21 years ago. He plans to finish his autobiography. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Originally Published: 08 SEP 22 09:17 ET
Updated: 08 SEP 22 09:53 ET

(CNN) — Former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw died Wednesday of pneumonia unrelated to Covid-19, Shaw’s family announced in a statement Thursday. Shaw was 82.

Shaw was CNN’s first chief anchor and was with the network when it launched on June 1, 1980. He retired from CNN after more than 20 years on February 28, 2001.

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.

“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,” Chris Licht, CNN Chairman and CEO, said in a statement Thursday. “The condolences of all of us at CNN go out to his wife Linda and his children.”

Funeral services for Shaw will be closed to family and invited guests only, with a public memorial service planned at a later time, his family said.

“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,” the family said in their statement provided by former CNN CEO Tom Johnson.

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