CNN News Anchor Bernard Shaw to Receive 2001 Murrow Award

PULLMAN, Wash. — Bernard Shaw, known for his news anchor work on CNN, has been selected to receive Washington State University’s annual Edward R. Murrow Award. Shaw, who recently retired, is a 20-year network veteran and CNN’s principal Washington, D.C., anchor.

Shaw will receive the award April 18 when he delivers the Edward R. Murrow Symposium address. The 7:30 p.m. event, set for Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum, is open to the public without charge.

In January 1991, Shaw was one of three CNN reporters who broadcast to a worldwide audience of more than one billion with continuous coverage of the first night of the Allied Forces’ bombing of Baghdad during Operation Desert Storm. As a result of that coverage, Shaw has received numerous national and international awards. His regular broadcast assignments include coanchoring “Inside Politics” and “CNN Worldview,” a half-hour international newscast, both airing each weekday evening.

“We are absolutely delighted to have a journalist of Bernard Shaw’s caliber as this year’s recipient,” said Murrow Communication School Director Alex Tan. “He is right out of the Murrrow mold for the straightforward, quality journalism this award has come to represent.”

Shaw joins a distinguished roster of Murrow Award recipients, including Al Neuharth, USA Today founder; ABC Sports commentator and WSU alumnus Keith Jackson; CNN founder Ted Turner; Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen; and Sam Donaldson, ABC News.

Symposium events will again include a Career Day where Northwest communication alumni counsel university and high school students interested in the profession. Panel discussions involving WSU communication faculty, students and regional professionals also are planned.

This is the 21st year the WSU communication school has sponsored the Murrow Symposium, which honors the broadcast journalist and one of the university’s most illustrious alumni.