Bernard Shaw, CNN’s Lead Anchor for 20 Years, Dies at 82 He covered the Gulf War, anchored convention coverage

anchored convention coverage and asked a revealing question of Gov. Michael Dukakis during a presidential debate in 1988.

Bernard Shaw, CNN’s lead prime-time anchor for 20 years, who was also known for his steely coverage from Tiananmen

Square in Beijing during the Chinese government’s crackdown on protesters in 1989 and from Baghdad at

the start of the Persian Gulf war two years later, died on Wednesday. He was 82. The death, at a Washington hospital,

was confirmed in a statement by Chris Licht, CNN’s chairman and chief executive. The cause was pneumonia.

When the Gulf War began in January 1991, Mr. Shaw was watching from the balcony of his room at the Al-Rashid

Hotel as airstrikes and antiaircraft fire filled the air in Iraq’s capital city. “Whoa! The skies over Baghdad have been illuminated,

he said. “We’re seeing flashes going off all over the sky.” Sam Feist, CNN’s Washington bureau chief, said in a phone interview, 

He was really the world’s eyes to history. Two years earlier, when he was anchoring CNN’s coverage from

 Tiananmen Square, he informed viewers that the Chinese government was about to cut off live transmission

of the network’s coverage before signing off. Known for his steadying influence at the anchor desk and from the field,

Mr. Shaw had worked at CBS News and ABC News before he left the comfort of broadcast news to take a career

gamble by joining Ted Turner’s fledgling Cable News Network in 1980. He was one of the first Black anchors of a network

evening news program, following Max Robinson, who became a co-anchor of ABC News’s “World News Tonight” in 1978.

Wolf Blitzer, a CNN anchor, recalled that Mr. Shaw, who worked with his reporting colleagues, Peter Arnett and John Holliman, 

remained in Baghdad for several days despite the danger of the assignment. “When he came back, I told him how nervous we 

were and that he was risking his life for all of us, Mr. Blitzer said, and he said, It was a huge news story, so we stayed.

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Heading to the Rockaways for the Sand and the Subway. Which Apartment Did She Choose? Lisa Napoli, the author of

Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News (2020), wrote in an email that when CNN started,

Shaw defined CNN to a tiny audience,” but “he showed the networks that the concept of an all-news channel was a force.