Currently alive, at 78 years of age.
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1940 – Born– May 22, Chicago, IL
1940’s-1950’s – Shaw grew up during the years of World War II, the emergence of television, and the days that begat the baby boom. His father was a house painter, his mother cleaned other people’s homes, and they lived on the South Side of Chicago. But far from being isolated in the "wrong" part of town and at the wrong end of the economic spectrum, the family brought the world into their home. "In those days," Shaw told Parade Magazine, "Chicago had four papers and we got all four every day." Even in his teens, Shaw had an obsessive interest in the news. "My ritual on Sunday morning was to walk to a place called the Green Door bookstore near the University of Chicago, which was the closest place I could find the Sunday New York Times," Shaw told New York magazine. Fourteen years old, paper cradled in his arms, the boy would plant himself in a coffee shop and read the paper all the way through.
1950’s – he used to watch the television news program Meet the Press religiously, and his hero was legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow. At 16, he personally witnessed his second Democratic convention–he had managed to engineer his way into both the 1952 and 1956 conventions. Shaw told Time: "When I looked up at the anchor booths, I knew I was looking at the altar."
1960’s – On the road to the "altar," Shaw wangled another opportunity to speak to a journalist about his craft. It was 1961, the beginning of an era of political tensions between the U.S. and Soviet Union. Shaw was a 21-year-old corporal in the Marines stationed in Hawaii at the time, and Walter Cronkite, his other hero, was passing through. With the tenacity of youth–or perhaps that of a budding reporter–the corporal rang Cronkite’s room a total of 34 times. "He was the most persistent guy I’ve ever met in my life," Cronkite said in the Washington Post, "I was going to give him five begrudging minutes and ended up talking to him for a half hour. He was just determined to be a journalist." The two have been friends ever since.
1959-63 – U.S. Marine Corps.
1963-68 – University of Illinois at Chicago
1964-66 – Reporter, correspondent, and news anchor. WYNR/WNUS all-news radio, Chicago, IL, reporter and anchor.
1966-68 – Westinghouse Broadcasting Company’s Group W, Chicago, reporter.
1968-71 – White House correspondent.
1971 – Walter Cronkite helped Shaw land a job with CBS. Shaw started as a reporter for the CBS News Washington bureau and in three years became a correspondent. It was during this period that his career got a boost: he conducted an exclusive interview with then-attorney general John Mitchell. It was the height of the Watergate crisis and Mitchell, who was to be convicted for his role in the affair, was a major figure in the scandal. White House correspondent Shaw had pulled off a journalistic coup.
1971-74 – Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS-TV), reporter for Washington bureau.
1974 – Married – Linda Allston, they have a son and daughter.
1974-1979 – correspondent, American Broadcasting Companies (ABC-TV), Miami bureau chief and Latin American correspondent.
1980-2001 – senior Capitol Hill correspondent; Cable News Network (CNN), Washington D.C., news anchor.
2000 – He moderated the October, vice-presidential debate between Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman.
Shaw co-anchored CNN’s Inside Politics from 1992 until he retired from CNN in 2001. He has occasionally appeared on CNN,
2007 – Roast – For Bob Woodruff.
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.
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