CNN's first chief anchor Bernard Shaw passed away on Wednesday in a Washington, DC, hospital after losing a battle with Pneumonia at the age of 82.
Shaw's family confirmed his passing on Thursday and asked well-wishers to donate to a scholarship fund instead of sending flowers.
Shaw, who served as a United States Marine, was a fixture in the world of journalism and reported on some of the most impactful stories of his time.
Chris Licht, CNN Chairman and CEO, issued a statement on Shaw's death saying, "CNN's beloved anchor and colleague, Bernard Shaw, passed away yesterday at the age of 82. Bernie was a CNN original and was our Washington Anchor when we launched on June 1st, 1980. 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. Even after he left CNN, Bernie remained a close member of our CNN family providing our viewers with context about historic events as recently as last year. The condolences of all of us at CNN go out to his wife Linda and his children."
Perhaps Shaw's most famous moment was the night he and two fellow CNN journalists broadcast the first night of the invasion of Baghdad, earning him and his colleagues the moniker "Boys of Baghdad."
Shaw leaves behind his wife Linda and their two children, Amar Edgar and Anil Louise.
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