Political columnist and television commentator known for his work on Inside Washington and the PBS NewsHour. For nearly two decades, he moderated Capital Gang on CNN.
He studied philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and later taught at Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania.
He penned a 1980s memoir entitled On the Campaign Trail.
With his wife, attorney Anne Hudson Shields, he had a daughter named Amy.
Fellow journalist David Brooks was Shields' political debate partner on the PBS NewsHour.