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Mark Shields, politician analyst on PBS NewsHour anchor dies at 85

Shields was well known for his “encyclopedic knowledge of american politics of humor and mostly big heart,” wrote Judy Woodruff, Lead and Managing Editor of News Hour, in tweet announcing it death.

Shields was a liberal political commentator on in broadcast for 33 years, through six presidential administration until he decided to resign in 2020.

He was also was regular presence on CNN for decades, most notably as co-host of weekly panel discussion show “Capital Gang” from 1988 to 2005, where he challenged conservative co-hosts like Robert Novak, Pat Buchanan and Kate O’Bairn.

“We are so lucky at CNN work with such a kind, bright, cheerful person who was the same person powerful politicians, as well as the youngest employee on our team” said Rick Davis. former executive vice president of CNN who formerly executive producer of “Capital Gang”. Shields was like good like the person you meet in this is business,” he added.

Shields, originally from Weymouth, Massachusetts, graduated from the university of Notre Dame before serving in United States Marine Corps. He worked for several local and national Democratic political campaigns, including Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 run for president, and received first-hand experience what he later shared with readers and viewers.

In 1979 he became a columnist for The Washington Post, and soon this column was published throughout the country by the Creators Syndicate.

“I guess in politics” Shields wrote. for NPR “In This I Believe” series in 2006, expressing both optimism for the peaceful resolution of conflicts and pragmatism for need for compromise. He also read the essay aloud on Morning edition.

“At worst, politicians… like rest of us “may be petty, corrupt, and selfish,” he wrote. — But I believe politics is at its best help to make our world where powerful really more just and the poor more safe.”

Shields brought this perspective to television. in 1988 when he was assigned to the PBS analysis. post.One partner in those regular segments was David Gergen, veteran President’s advisor.

Gergen wrote on Saturday what shields’ was one of in best partners in in history of television — thoughtful, witty, always a champion of little guy. He brought out in best in everyone he touched.”

He also cleverness with Paul Gigot, editorial page editor for The Wall Street Journal and columnist David Brooks of New York Times.

In a Saturday tweet, Brooks described Shields as “one of the best and most beloved men I never knew”, adding 2020 story He wrote with heading “Mark Shields and the best of American Liberalism.

At that time of his departure from NewsHour, Shields, with his typical low-key humor, called his Friday night discussions with Brooks “most rewarding professional experience of my admittedly challenging career.”

“Those were 33 wonderful years,” he said during his farewell telecast.

His TV talks more genius time in American politics and TV news, with abundance of deep understanding and thoughtful discussions rather than the barbs and insults that are often promoted today.

Shields died of bud failure Him home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, told NPR NewsHour spokesman Nick Massella. His wife Anna was with him sideWoodruff wrote. in her tweet.

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