By Autumn Jones, class of 2003
Bernard Shaw was known as the principal anchor for the Cable News Network during the 1990s. When he retired in February 2001, he ended a broadcasting career that spanned nearly 40 years. While at CNN, Shaw covered numerous world events. In January 1991, he was one of three reporters who covered the first night of the Allied Coalition bombings of Iraq in "Operation Desert Storm." Shaw also brought CNN viewers 30 hours of continuous live coverage of the Tiananmen Square riots in Beijing in May 1989.
Shaw covered more than just world events. He was the first reporter to break the story of a major earthquake that hit Los Angeles in January 1994. Minutes after the quake struck, Shaw was on the air on CNN, calling from his sixth floor hotel room at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. Shaw also co-anchored CNN's daily political program, Inside Politics, and covered major political events including moderating the October 2000 vice-presidential debate and the October 1998 presidential debate. Shaw began his broadcasting career as an anchor and reporter for WNUS in Chicago. He then worked as a reporter for the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company in Chicago, moving later to Washington as the White House correspondent. Shaw worked as a correspondent in the Washington Bureau of CBS News from 1971 to 1977.
In 1977, Shaw moved to ABC News as Latin American correspondent and bureau chief before becoming the Capitol Hill Senior Correspondent. He left ABC in 1980 to move to CNN.
Shaw studied history at the University of Illinois and in April 1991, the university established the Bernard Shaw Endowment Fund.
Since his retirement in 2001, Shaw focuses on gardening and writing books, including his autobiography. He and his wife reside in Takoma Park, Maryland.
"Decisions are made and not made, lives are affected, attitudes and perceptions are formed, partly because of information and news we report. That responsibility causes us serious concern and reflection everyday." — Bernard Shaw, 1994 medal acceptance speech