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Andy Shaw Biography

Updated: November 28, 2012 11:11AM

Andy Shaw is an award-winning Chicago journalist, and president and CEO of the Better Government Association. The BGA is a nonprofit and nonpartisan watchdog group that promotes integrity, transparency and accountability in government through investigative journalism, advocacy and civic engagement.

Andy Shaw spent 37 years covering local, state and national politics, business, education, and day-to-day news at the City News Bureau of Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times, NBC 5 and ABC 7. Shaw’s coverage of President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009 marked his final "official" report after 26 years as ABC 7’s political reporter. After taking a short break to "recharge his batteries," Shaw joined the BGA in June 2009 as Executive Director. He was named President and CEO in 2011.

Shaw’s professional career in journalism began in 1972 as a general assignment reporter for the City News Bureau, which led to a position as education editor at the Chicago Sun-Times. Shaw joined the paper in 1974, during which time he won several major awards, including first prize in the 1976 American Association of University Professors competition, for a series he wrote on the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Prior to joining ABC 7, Shaw was an education reporter, and then the editorial director at NBC 5, where he won numerous awards, including two local Emmys. He was named "Journalist of the Year" by the Chicago Headline Club in 2007, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award the following year from the Chicago Journalists' Association.

Throughout his career Shaw has been an active contributor of freelance articles to a variety of publications, he writes a monthly "Shaw Thoughts" column for Shore Magazine ( and he's been a regular guest and host on TV and radio stations around Illinois. He currently comments on BGA topics WBBM Newsradio, WBEZ and numerous other media outlets.

Shaw was born in Chicago and raised in suburban Evanston. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His hobbies include running, cycling, reading, crossword puzzles, golf and traveling with his family. He has three daughters and two granddaughters.

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