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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 22, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: newscaster, bureau chief, correspondent

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Hard-driving news anchor with a deep authoritative voice and unemotional delivery who became a household name for his coverage of the Gulf War from inside the Baghdad war zone. Described as subdued, calm and thoughtful in his approach to reporting, the seasoned TV journalist with a faint dusting of gray in his hair has gained a steady reputation in media circles and to national and international cable viewers as anchor of CNN's daily Prime News shows.Since boyhood, Shaw was determined to break into broadcasting, though in the 1950s there were no Black role models. After a stint in the Marines, where a chance meeting with veteran TV newsman Walter Cronkite turned into a lifelong friendship, Shaw began his career in radio, and soon thereafter joined Westinghouse Broadcasting as a White House correspondent in 1968. He was hired as a correspondent by CBS News in 1971 in the Washington bureau where his colleagues through the years were some of the best names in the business: Dan Rather, Eric Sevareid, Marvin and Bernard Kalb, Bob Schieffer and Leslie Stahl.The opportunity to work as a foreign correspondent took Shaw to ABC News in 1977 where he became the network's Latin American correspondent and bureau...

Hard-driving news anchor with a deep authoritative voice and unemotional delivery who became a household name for his coverage of the Gulf War from inside the Baghdad war zone. Described as subdued, calm and thoughtful in his approach to reporting, the seasoned TV journalist with a faint dusting of gray in his hair has gained a steady reputation in media circles and to national and international cable viewers as anchor of CNN's daily Prime News shows.

Since boyhood, Shaw was determined to break into broadcasting, though in the 1950s there were no Black role models. After a stint in the Marines, where a chance meeting with veteran TV newsman Walter Cronkite turned into a lifelong friendship, Shaw began his career in radio, and soon thereafter joined Westinghouse Broadcasting as a White House correspondent in 1968. He was hired as a correspondent by CBS News in 1971 in the Washington bureau where his colleagues through the years were some of the best names in the business: Dan Rather, Eric Sevareid, Marvin and Bernard Kalb, Bob Schieffer and Leslie Stahl.

The opportunity to work as a foreign correspondent took Shaw to ABC News in 1977 where he became the network's Latin American correspondent and bureau chief. For three years he covered the political hot spots in both Central and South America. Offered a new contract and a spot in ABC's Washington bureau in 1980, Shaw instead went with an offer from the then-starting cable network CNN. Besides becoming co-anchor of CNN's flagship Prime Times News and several of its daily news broadcasts, he also hosted some of the station's public affairs programming.

During his first decade of tenure with CNN, Shaw's credentials as a first-rate correspondent and anchor were greatly enhanced. With an impending war about to break out in the Gulf in 1991, he requested an assignment to Baghdad. The decision proved prophetic as Shaw found himself in the thick of things as U.S. missiles rained down on the Iraqi capital. Shaw's daily live exclusive broadcasts from Baghdad became the talk of the nation and overnight made him one of the giants of U.S. broadcasting.

Another highlight of Shaw's career was his dispassionate reports on the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan in 1981; the Iraqi missile attack in May of 1987 that killed 37 American sailors; his joining top colleagues from the three major networks in a pre-Gorbachev-summit interview with President Reagan in 1987 that was broadcast nationally; and several exclusive interviews with Reagan, George Bush and other prominent newsmakers.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Contact (1997) Himself
2.
 Lost World: Jurassic Park, The (1997) Cnn Reporter/Himself
3.
 Getting Away With Murder (1996) Himself
5.
6.
10.
 1997 Trumpet Awards (1997) Honoree
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Served in the United States Marine Corps
1961:
As a Marine stationed in Hawaii he met newsman Walter Cronkite and began a lifelong friendship
1964:
Started his career as an anchor/radio reporter at WYNR Radio in Chicago
1965:
Hired as newswriter by WFLD-TV Chicago
1966:
Hired as anchor and education reporter for WIND-AM Chicago
1968:
Joined Westinghouse Group W Broadcasting as a White House correspondent
1971:
Joined CBS News Washington bureau as a correspondent
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ABC News Latin American correspondent and bureau chief
1979:
Became ABC's senior Capitol Hill correspondent
1980:
Joined fledgling cable station CNN as co-anchor
1981:
Covered the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan
1991:
Reported on the Gulf War live from Bagdad
1995:
Covered the bombing of a federal office building in Oklahoma City
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Reported on the impeachment proceedings against US President Bill Clinton
2000:
Announced plans to leave CNN in February 2001
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Education

University of Illinois: Urbana , Illinois -

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wife:
Linda Shaw. Married c. 1974.

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daughter:
Anil Louise Shaw. Born c. 1975.
son:
Amar Edgar Shaw. Born c. 1977.

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