Bernard Shaw, who was CNN’s lead anchor for 20 years and distinguished the network’s coverage of such landmark events,died Wednesday

He was 82, and had contracted pneumonia that was not related to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Bernie was a CNN original and was our Washington Anchor when we launched on June 1st, 1980.

Shaw already had enjoyed a distinguished career before he arrived at CNN. 

He worked for CBS News as a Washington correspondent between 1971 and 1977 

and covered both Latin America and Capitol Hill for ABC News in the latter part of that decade

At CNN, Shaw was co-anchor of “PrimeNews,” the network’s evening broadcast,

Among the first big events he helped present was the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan

 CNN’s broadcast of the news was ahead of the mainstream networks by about four minutes

“We don’t know precisely what happened. We don’t know the sequence,” Shaw said,