Bernard Shaw To Leave Cnn After 20 Years

Posted: November 11, 2000

Bernard Shaw, chief anchorman for most major stories during CNN's 20-year history, told the Associated Press yesterday that he would leave the network early next year to write books and spend more time with his family.

Shaw, 60, planned to tell viewers about his decision yesterday at the end of Inside Politics, the daily show he anchors with Judy Woodruff.

Along with Larry King and Christiane Amanpour, Shaw is the most visible face on the cable news network. He's been there since the beginning, leaving a job as a reporter for ABC News to join CNN in 1980 when it was just an idea, not a network.

Shaw's reports from Baghdad at the beginning of the Persian Gulf war in 1991, with bombs bursting outside his hotel window, were arguably the pivotal moment in establishing CNN as a network many Americans turn to during major stories. As a moderator of a 1988 presidential debate between George Bush and Michael Dukakis, Shaw grabbed headlines with his opening question: "Governor, if Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?" Dukakis' unemotional response was widely criticized. Shaw will leave when his contract expires Feb. 28, 2001. He said he might be enticed into occasional on-air work, and network founder Ted Turner said Shaw "will always have a home at CNN."

A fevered pitch

The head of the Bayer Corp. is doing everything he can to keep the music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in town. The company's lighted sign reads "Mariss Jansons, Pittsburgh loves you." Jansons is reported to be a candidate to replace Kurt Mazur as music director of the New York Philharmonic. "We have an orchestra that plays better than ever before . . . because Mariss Jansons makes it all happen," said Helge H. Wehmeier, president of the health care and research company known for Bayer aspirin. He is on the symphony's board of directors. Jansons has been the music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1997 and the music director for the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway since 1979.

Officer to be honored

Philadelphia police officer Jeff Seaman, whose bulletproof vest stopped a bullet in March, will be honored Tuesday by the International Association of Chiefs of Police at its convention in San Diego. DuPont, which makes the vests, will induct him into its Survivors Club. Police Commissioner John Timoney will be there, too.

This report includes material from the Associated Press, Reuters and Inquirer staff writer Michael Klein.

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