David Shaul

David Shaul

CHAMPAIGN – David C. Shaul, 75, of Champaign passed away surrounded by his family at 6:05 a.m. Monday (May 22, 2017) at his home.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency West, Savoy. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 302 W. Church St., Champaign. A private burial service will be held prior to the funeral service.

Dave was born on July 16, 1941, in Rushville, Ind., a son of Verrollton C. and Wilma Jane (Clifton) Shaul. He married Annilee L. Armstrong on June 5, 1965, in Decatur.

He is survived by two daughters, Annalisa (Brian) Cockerham of Mahomet and Elizabeth (David) Jones of Naperville, and one son, David (Elizabeth) Shaul of Brownsburg, Ind. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Molly and Abby Cockerham, Benjamin and Sarah Jones, and Nathan and Nicholas Shaul.

Dave graduated from Champaign Central High School in 1959 and the University of Illinois in 1963 with a degree in broadcast journalism.

Dave's love for broadcasting began as a young boy and continued as a teenager when he hosted a weekly Champaign High School radio show on WDWS-WHMS.

After graduating college, he began a 37-year career with WCIA-TV as a news anchor, producer and news director of downstate Illinois' largest broadcast news department. In September 2000, Dave returned to WDWS-WHMS as a daytime news anchor.

In 2011, the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored Dave with a lifetime achievement Emmy.

In 1999, Dave was honored with an Associated Press Mark Twain Lifetime Achievement Award, was named to the Eastern Illinois University Journalism Hall of Fame and was designated a lifetime member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

At WDWS-WHMS, Dave has been part of three first-place SilverDome awards given by the Illinois Broadcasters Association.

A lifelong Illini fan, Dave won the UPI Best Television Sports Play-by-Play Award for his coverage of UI basketball in 1980 and the 1988 Best Newscast award presented by the Associated Press.

During Dave's tenure at WCIA, the Channel 3 News Department won numerous awards from the wire service.

Dave was a member of the Champaign-Urbana Kiwanis Club; First Presbyterian Church, Champaign; Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity; Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia; and the Champaign Public Library Foundation. Dave was also a proud volunteer for the C-U Kiwanis Tom Jones Challenger League.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Champaign Public Library Foundation and the C-U Kiwanis Tom Jones Challenger League.