Politics Political commentator and columnist Mark Shields, 85, has died

Political commentator and columnist Mark Shields, 85, has died


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Chevy Chase, Md. (AP) – Columnist and political commentator Mark Shields, who shared his insights on American politics on PBS News Hour for decades, died on Saturday. He is 85 years old.

Shields died of kidney failure at home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, PBS News Hour spokeswoman Nick Massella said.

Shields has been a regular on the show since its inception in 1987 and withdrew from its regular Friday night discussion segment in December 2020. He has been with David Brooks since 2001, providing analysis and commentary on their Weekly Shields & Brooks. According to “PBS News Hour” with David Gergen and Paul Gigot during and before the segment and election specials and meetings. His tenure there extended six presidential positions.

Brooks tweeted his 2020 Tribute To the Shields of the New York Times, he called it “an attempt to capture one of the best and dearest people he knew.”


“We ‘ve had thousands of disagreements over the years, but not a single second of cruelty,” Brooks wrote in that passage. “Mark radiates the generosity of the spirit that enhances all who come to his light.”

Judy Woodruff, PBS News Hour Anchor and Managing Editor, Tweeted She was “heartbroken” to share the news of Shields’ death and claimed that his wife Anne was by his side at the time of his death. For decades, Shields has “amazed us with his encyclopedic knowledge of American politics, his humor, and most importantly his big heart,” she says.

Weymouth is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Massachusetts, and served in the US Marine Corps, according to PBS NewsHour. He was a Wisconsin senator in 1965, according to PBS News Hour. William began his career in Washington as a legislative assistant and speechwriter for Proxmire. Three years later, Shields New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy joined the presidential campaign and later served in several campaigns. In 1979, he began writing a column for The Washington Post, distributed by the Creators Syndicate.

Shields was moderator and panelist for CNN’s Capital Gang from 1988 to 2005 and general panelist for Inside Washington, which aired on PBS and ABC from 2005 to 2013. He also wrote the account “On the Campaign Trail”. 1984 presidential election campaign.

Niece Caroline Ryan, managing editor of The New York Times, Tweeted: “It is with great sadness that I tell you that my uncle Mark Shields died this morning. He is a special person: full of heart and wisdom and love. Love politics, sports and a lot of people. ”

Learning about Shields and working with them is a specialty, ”PBS News‌Hour Chief Correspondent Amna Nawaz Tweeted.

“Really a kind. Mark is intelligent, intelligent and the heart is incomparable, ”she wrote. “I left every conversation I had with him sober and smiling.”

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