President & CEO
Andy Shaw, the BGA's President & CEO, is an award-winning Chicago journalist who 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" assignment after 26 years as ABC 7’s political reporter. After taking a short break to "recharge his batteries"—he aired a total of 15,000 news stories in his TV news career—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, a legendary wire service; that led to a position as education editor at the Chicago Sun-Times; then an assignment as education reporter and later the Editorial Director at NBC 5; and finally his political reporting at ABC 7, which also included a seven-year stint as host of "Eyewitness Forum," a Sunday public affairs show.
He's received numerous awards over the years, 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 currently writes a weekly column for the Chicago Sun-Times on good government issues. He's also been a regular guest and host on TV and radio stations around Illinois. He currently comments on BGA topics during "Watchdog Wednesday" segments at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday and "Friday Follow-Up" segments at 1:20 p.m. Friday on WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM; and "Full Disclosure" segments Wednesday mornings at 8:05 on WMAY News Talk 970 in Springfield.
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 exercising, doing crossword puzzles, playing golf and traveling with his family.
Shaw and his wife Mary, who live in Downtown Chicago, have three daughters: Kate, a law school professor and ABC's Supreme Court consultant; Elizabeth, CEO of an educational consulting firm; and Emily, director of a digital library program at The Ohio State University. They also have four grandchildren.