May 22


May 22, 1940 Bernard Shaw, television news anchor, was born in Chicago, Illinois. Shaw served in the United States Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963. After his discharge, he attended the University of Illinois from 1963 to 1968. Shaw began his broadcasting career in 1964 with WNUS in Chicago. In 1966, he moved to the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company where he served as White House correspondent from 1968 to 1971. Shaw worked for CBS News from 1971 to 1977 and ABC News from 1977 to 1980. In 1980, he joined CNN where he worked until his retirement in 2001. Shaw won an Emmy Award in 1989 for his coverage of the student revolt in China’s Tiananmen Square. He was also recognized for his reporting on the 1991 Gulf War. While describing the situation in Baghdad, he stated “clearly I’ve never been there, but this feels like we’re in the center of hell.” In 1991, the University of Illinois established the Bernard Shaw Endowed Scholarship Fund.


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