TV Reporter Takes Charge at BGA

Andy Shaw named executive director of watchdog group

After 37 years as a reporter, Andy Shaw stepped down from his position at ABC7 Chicago in January, and news junkies, both inside and outside the business, wondered what he would do with himself.

Now we know.

Shaw was named the executive director of The Better Government Association (BGA), an 86-year old nonpartisan government watchdog.

"I've spent my entire career asking politicians -- from presidents to park supervisors -- the tough questions about the governments they run with your hard-earned tax dollars. I've held their feet to the fire. And now, after a short break to recharge my batteries, I'm back,” Shaw said.

Shaw covered local, state and national politics for the past 26 years at WLS-TV. When he resigned as chief political reporter there, he capped off a 37-year news career that included stints with WMAQ-TV, the Chicago Sun-Times and the City News Bureau.

"The Better Government Association is Chicago's pre-eminent corruption-busting civic watchdog group, so I pick up the torch in the fight against waste, fraud and corruption with a keen knowledge of history and a deep sense of appreciation,” Shaw said. “Let's get it on!"

Shaw replaces Jay Stewart, who left the position in January to join the staff of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

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