Shields was 85. He died of kidney failure at his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, on Saturday morning, a spokesman for NewsHour he said Deadline.
Judy Woodruffthe anchor of NewsHour, wrote on Twitter: “I share this with a broken heart. Favorite longtime NewsHour analyst on Friday night Mark Shields, who has amazed us for decades with his encyclopedic knowledge of American politics, his sense of humor and especially his big heart, passed away at 85, with his wife Anne by his side.
Shields retired from the regular segments in 2020 after making a regular segment in the broadcast for more than 33 years.
Shields began his career in government and politics in the mid-1960s, first as a legislative assistant and author of Senator William Proxmeyer’s speeches, and later for Robert Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign as he helps organize the primary elections in California. Shields continued to hold senior positions in other presidential campaigns, including those of Edmund Musky in 1972 and Maurice Udal in 1976, and the vice-presidential campaign of Sargent Shriver in 1972.
He joined The Washington Post’s editorial team in 1979, and a year later began writing a column that was syndicated in publications across the country.
He was a guest in other panel shows such as Get acquainted with the press, and was part of the team that launched the CNN series The metropolitan gangwhich lasted from 1988 to 2005.
On NewsHourhis on-screen colleague in the commentary on Friday night was David Brooks, and before that figures such as William Safire, Paul Gigot and originally David Gergen.
But unlike so many cable TV segments that bring in experts from across the spectrum, PBS NewsHour’s segments were cordial.
Brooks called Shields “one of the best and most beloved men I’ve ever known.” in column he wrote when Shields retired, Brooks said, “We’ve had thousands of disagreements over the years, but not a second of fierceness.” Mark exudes a generosity of spirit that enhances all who come into his light. ”
Service information was not immediately available. In addition to his wife, Anne Hudson Shields, he is survived by their daughter Amy Shields Doyle, son-in-law Christo Doyle and grandchildren Jack and Francis Doyle.
Shields was born on May 25, 1937 and grew up in Weymouth, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1959 with a degree in philosophy and a minor in history, and then served in the Marine Corps. He moved to Washington, DC, in 1964.
When Shields withdrew from regular NewsHour commentary, Robin McNeill, one of the program’s founders, attributed “absolute authenticity” to him.
Gergen said his “favorite moments on TV were Friday night with Mark Shields.” “He knows a lot more about politics than I do, but he had humility in him, as well as wit that just made him a great partner.