IN MEMORIAM: Bernard Shaw
May 22, 1940 – September 7, 2022
Bernard Shaw, CNN’s beloved chief anchor and 2009 Cable Hall of Fame Inductee, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, at the age of 82. The Cable Center extends its condolences and sympathy to the Shaw family and all those who loved him.
Bernard’s career achievements were notable, and his impact on our industry was profound. His work took him to 46 countries spanning five continents and garnered him international and national recognition. Highlights of his career include, but are not limited to:
- Shaw was one of three CNN reporters who captivated a worldwide audience of more than one billion with continuous coverage of the first night of the Allied Forces’ bombing of Baghdad during “Operation Desert Storm.” Shaw was in the Iraqi capital to update his exclusive interview with President Saddam Hussein conducted in October 1990.
- In July 1991, he received the Eduard Rhein Foundation’s Cultural Journalistic Award, marking the first time the Foundation presented this award to a non-German.
- As part of CNN’s team covering the outbreak of the Gulf War, Shaw also received the 1990 George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award for distinguished service and the 1991 Golden Award for Cable Excellence (ACE)—the cable industry’s most prestigious award—from the National Academy of Cable Programming.
- In January 1992, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) presented him with its 1991 Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Journalistic Excellence.
- As part of CNN’s team covering the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK—the second-worst act of terrorism in U.S. history, Shaw received the 1996 National Association of Television Arts and Sciences’ News and Documentary Emmy Award for Instant Coverage of a Single Breaking News Story.
- In April 1997, Shaw and the CNN team were presented the 1996 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best TV Interpretation or Documentary on Foreign Affairs by the Overseas Press Club of America for CNN Presents…. Back to Baghdad.
- In March 2001, he was awarded the Pioneer in Broadcasting Award for a lifetime of achievement by the National Association of Blacks in Broadcasting (NABOB).
- As previously noted, Bernard was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame in 2009. The Cable Center will continue to honor and celebrate his legacy.