|Gaylord Dewayne Shaw|
July 22, 1942|
El Reno, Oklahoma
September 6, 2015 73) (aged|
|Known for||Winning a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1978 and breaking the news of President Richard Nixon's resignation|
Gaylord Dewayne Shaw (July 22, 1942 – September 6, 2015) was an American journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1978.
Early life and education
While in college, Shaw began his journalism career as a police reporter for the Constitution-Press in Lawton. In 1962, at the age of twenty, he joined the Associated Press's Oklahoma City bureau. In 1966, he joined the Associated Press's Washington, D.C. office to work as a deskman, and from 1967 to 1971 he was a member of an Associated Press special assignment team focused mainly on investigative reporting. In March 1975, he began working for the Los Angeles Times in their Washington bureau. In 1978, he won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series of articles he wrote for the Los Angeles Times about unsafe dams across the United States. He has also been credited with breaking the news that President Richard Nixon was going to resign. In 1988, he joined Newsday as their Washington bureau chief, where he oversaw a Pulitzer Prize-winning story about the Persian Gulf War in 1991. In 1997, he was part of a large team of reporters that won another Pulitzer Prize for a story about the crash of TWA Flight 800, for spot news reporting. He retired in 2002.
Shaw died on September 6, 2015, in Duncan, Oklahoma; his family members suspect he died from a heart attack.
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- Fischer, Heinz D. (2002). Complete Biographical Encyclopedia of Pulitzer Prize Winners 1917 - 2000. Walter de Gruyter. p. 219.
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