FILE-CNN political anchorman Bernard Shaw announces his upcoming retirement from the network on November 10, 2000 in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo by Erik S.
Lesser/Liaison) NEW YORK - Bernard Shaw, CNN’s chief anchor for two decades and a pioneering Black broadcaster best remembered for calmly reporting the beginning of the Gulf War in 1991 as missiles flew around him in Baghdad, has 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."In all of the years of preparing to being anchor, one of the things I strove for was to be able to control my emotions in the midst of hell breaking out," Shaw said in a 2014 interview with NPR. "And I personally feel that I passed my stringent test for that in Baghdad."Shaw was a former U.S.