Copyright ©2011 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

MICHEL MARTIN, Host:

And finally, another of our Black History Month salutes. We've invited members of the TELL ME MORE staff, some of our guests, and our NPR colleagues to share stories about the figure or event from black history they most admire.

Today, another one of our own zooms in on an industry luminary.

LEE HILL: I'm Lee Hill, digital media producer here at TELL ME MORE. My black history hero is legendary journalist and anchorman Bernard Shaw.

Growing up in our house, we went to school, we went to church, and every night, we watched the news.

Bernard Shaw was the one black anchorman on national TV who seemed to have all the information you needed to know. And when I would watch him, my mom would say to me, you know, you could do that.

Bernard Shaw was born in 1940 and worked in network television before joining CNN in 1980. Throughout his 20-year career at CNN he racked up major journalism awards. He was a role model whose career I found so noble it inspired my own.

He stopped by NPR after he retired to talk about his career and, despite early racial hurdles, how he knew he would succeed.

BERNARD SHAW: There was nothing that made me think that I could not or would not. My attitude was this is what I want to do. I can make a contribution to this craft, and I wasn't thinking color.

HILL: Mr. Shaw, thank you, for making the world smarter.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MARTIN: Once again, that was Lee Hill, our digital media guy who also manages your responses to the program in our regular Back Talk segment on Fridays. He was paying tribute to his black history hero, journalist Bernard Shaw.

And that's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin and you've been listening to TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

Let's talk more tomorrow.

Copyright © 2011 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: