CNN anchor Bernard Shaw dead

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Bernard Shaw died of illness unconnected to Covid-19 on Wednesday, his relatives said. 82-year-old Shaw

Shaw was CNN's first main anchor on June 1, 1980. He left CNN in 2001 after 20 years.

Shaw covered the Tiananmen Square student revolt in May 1989, the First Gulf War live from Baghdad in 1991, and the 2000 presidential election.

"CNN anchor Bernard Shaw died yesterday at 82. Bernie was CNN's first Washington anchor on June 1, 1980, CEO Chris Licht stated Thursday.

He was our lead anchor for the next twenty years from anchoring coverage of presidential elections to his iconic coverage of the First Gulf War live from Baghdad in 1991.

Bernie remained a close member of our CNN family even after he left, providing perspective regarding significant events last year. CNN sends condolences to Linda and his children.

Funeral services for Shaw will be closed to family and invited guests only, with a public memorial service planned at a later time, his family said.

Former CNN CEO Tom Johnson said the family wanted scholarship donations in place of flowers. In a statement, the family asked for privacy.

Johnson said Shaw "exemplified excellence" and will be remembered as a "fierce defender of responsible journalism."

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