Mark Shields

Political Analyst, PBS NewsHour and Syndicated Columnist

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The Wall Street Journal has called Mark Shields “the wittiest political analyst around and frequently the most trenchant, fair-minded, and thoughtful.” The Washington Post has called him “a walking almanac of American politics.” His insights are first-hand and up-to-the minute, drawn from four decades of knowing, covering, and savoring the country and its politics.

A nationally known columnist and commentator, Shields has worked in Washington through the administrations of ten U.S. Presidents. He was an editorial writer for The Washington Post, where he began writing his column in 1979. That column is now distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate.

Since 1988, Shields has provided weekly political analysis and commentary on national campaigns for the award-winning PBS NewsHour, where he has matched wits with David Gergen, The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot, and most recently David Brooks of The New York Times. For 17 years, Shields was moderator and panelist on CNN’s Capital Gang.

A native of Weymouth, Massachusetts and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Shields served as an enlisted man in the United States Marine Corps before coming to Washington, where he began working in 1965 for Wisconsin Senator William Proxmire. In 1968, Shields went to work for Robert F. Kennedy in the New York Senator’s presidential campaign and later held leadership positions in two other presidential campaigns. Over 11 years, Shields helped manage campaigns from the courthouse to the White House in 38 states.

In addition to attending 23 national party conventions and working on or covering the last 13 presidential elections, Shields has taught American politics and the press at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Public Policy, and was a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy Institute of Politics. On the Campaign Trail, his book on the 1984 presidential campaign, has been called “funny” and “irreverent” and praised “for bringing that race to a magnificent light.”