Mark Shields is dead: The ‘PBS NewsHour Political Analyst was 85

Mark Shields was a Washington Post longtime columnist. He was also a fixture in “PBS NewsHour” and a co-host of CNN’s “Capital Gang,”He died June 18, 2009. He was 85.

Shields was well-known on-air for his wit and tact in providing incisive analysis of U.S. politics as well as commentary about the policy battles in Washington.

Shields’ death was confirmed in tweet from “PBS NewsHour”Judy Woodruff is anchor. Woofruff thanked her colleague “who for decades wowed us with his encyclopedic knowledge of American politics”As well as “his sense of humor and mainly his big heart,”She wrote.

Shields’ signed off of his regular Friday night segment of “PBS NewsHour”After more than 30 years, he retired in December 2020. His tenure began in 1988, when the broadcast was called “The Broadcast”. “The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour.”

Earlier in his career, Shields’ worked in politics, starting out in 1965 for Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire. He also worked on Robert F. Kennedy’s ill-fated presidential campaign in 1968. Shields was involved in three other presidential campaigns and managed various political campaigns across 38 states during his 11-year tenure as an operative.

Shields started writing columns for the Washington Post back in 1979.

Shields’ survivors include his wife of many years, Anne.

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