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Longtime CNN anchor Bernard Shaw dies

Longtime CNN anchor Bernard Shaw has died.

The journalist passed away on Wednesday of pneumonia unrelated to Covid-19, according to a statement from his family obtained by CNN.

The journalist was CNN’s first chief anchor when the network launched in June 1980 and was with the network for more than 20 years.

The family said funeral services will be closed to family and invited guests only, with a public memorial service planned at a later time.

“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.

Shaw was 82.

Bernard Shaw, CNN’s chief anchor for two decades and a pioneering Black broadcast best remembered for calmly reporting the beginning of the Gulf War in 1991 as missiles flew around him in Baghdad, had died. He was 82.

He died of pneumonia on Wednesday at a hospital in Washington, according to Tom Johnson, CNN’s former chief executive.

Shaw was at CNN for 20 years and was known for remaining cool under pressure. That was a hallmark of his coverage Baghdad coverage when the U.S. led its invasion of Iraq in 1991 to liberate Kuwait, with CNN airing stunning footage of airstrikes and anti-aircraft fire in the capital city.

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9/8/2022 7:16:33 AM (GMT -7:00)

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