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By Glenn Frizell
BLACK HISTORY, NOTABLE BROADCASTERS, FEB. 14: Bernard Shaw is a American journalist and former CNN news anchor. Shaw was born in May of 1940 Chicago, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1963 to 1968 where he was a history major. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, exhibiting a passionate interest in the print media, clipping articles from newspapers, often traveling at weekends to Washington, DC He also cultivated an acquaintance with Walter Cronkite. 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. He worked as a correspondent in the Washington Bureau of CBS News from 1971 to 1977. In 1977, he 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 as its Principal Anchor. In October of 1988 Shaw moderates the second presidential debate between George H. W. Bush and Michael Dukakis. Shaw is also remembered for his reporting on the 1991 Gulf War. He moderated the October 2000 vice-presidential debate between Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman. Shaw co-anchored CNN’s Inside Politics from 1992 until he retired from CNN in 2001. In 1999, Shaw was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

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