Former CNN Anchor Bernard Shaw Dead at 82

Former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw died Wednesday at the age of 82 of pneumonia, the network announced.

Shaw became the first chief anchor for the network in 1980 and remained with the network for over 20 years. A closed funeral for Shaw will be held for family and close friends along with a public memorial, according to his family.

“Bernie was a CNN original and was our Washington Anchor when we launched on June 1st, 1980,” CNN chief Chris Licht said in a statement. “He was our lead anchor for the next twenty years from anchoring coverage of presidential elections to his iconic coverage of the First Gulf War live from Baghdad in 1991.”