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Bernard Shaw: A Journalist Extraordinaire

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Bernard Shaw: A Journalist Extraordinaire

Bernard Shaw: A Journalist Extraordinaire

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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.

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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.

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