October 3, 2022

Sitting in my Georgetown hairdresser’s salon ten years ago, I heard the calm, deep voice of Bernard Shaw. When he stood to leave, I gushed, “Mr. Shaw, you were the first reporter I remember who was embedded (we didn’t use that term yet) in the Gulf War. I was both stunned and grateful for your steady, brave, candid reporting as shells erupted around you. You brought the horrible truth of war to those of us who had no first-hand experience.” He seemed surprised and modest, and thanked me for letting him know the impact his coverage had on me.

His recent obituary (at age 82 of pneumonia) spoke of the post-traumatic stress he experienced from covering the war and other tragedies such as the Oklahoma City domestic terrorist attack.

I regret that I never considered the impact on him.

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