"Shields is the model God made for reporters. His impact will be felt wherever he goes."

Richard Ben Cramer, Pulitzer Prize winner and author


  • Author of three books including the critically acclaimed “The Content of Their Character” chronicling the political rise of Democratic presidential nominee Martin O’Malley.

  • Interpretive and enterprise reporting award-winning journalist.

  • Three decades of writing experience at newspapers such as the New York Post, Baltimore Sun and Philadelphia Inquirer.




The New York Post                                      New York, N.Y                                                                                                                                            2012-2013

The nation’s seventh largest newspaper

  • Served as Washington correspondent covering Congress and 21-member New York congressional delegation. Included continuous coverage of federal controversies including the Benghazi consulate attack, the Fast and Furious gun walking program, immigration and gun control legislation.

  • Monitored Sunday talk shows reporting on issues pivoting the national political scene the following week writing up to five items per day.

  • Assisted in spot news coverage ranging from the Boston bombing to the John Edwards trial.


The Baton Rouge Advocate                       Baton Rouge, La.                                                                                                                                        2003-2012

Louisiana’s largest metropolitan area.

  • Wrote five to seven articles per week reporting on nine-member Louisiana delegation and some of the nation’s top stories including the fallout from Hurricane Katrina, the cold cash corruption case of New Orleans Congressman William Jefferson, the federal probe into the BP oil spill and the prostitution scandal of Sen. David Vitter.

  • Wrote two columns per week focusing on Louisiana political issues and personalities.


The Baltimore Sun                                     Baltimore, Md.                                                                                                                                              1998-2002

City that served as the backdrop for The Wire, Homicide and The Corner.


  • Worked as City Hall reporter writing 200 stories per year covering mayor, 18-member City Council and agencies ranging from public works to the police department. Chronicled the rise of former City Councilman Martin O’Malley to mayor, which turned into a book “The Content of Their Character: Race and the 1999 Mayoral Election in Baltimore.”


The Philadelphia Inquirer                        Philadelphia, Pa.                                                                                                                                        2010-Present

  • Regular editorial page columnist


The Orlando Sentinel Orlando, Fla. County government reporter 1991-1997

The Morning Call Allentown, Pa. City Hall reporter 1987-1991

The Gloucester County Times Woodbury, NJ Business reporter 1985-1987

Loyola University                                     Baltimore, Md.                                                                                                                                               2001-2002

Baltimore's largest Catholic college

  • Served as journalism professor teaching introduction to journalism course.




BA Journalism Pennsylvania State University

  • Included working on nation’s top collegiate newspaper, The Daily Collegian.




Knight Fellowship Government finance University of Maryland




  • New Jersey Press Association Interpretive Writing Award for series on wasteful spending at county utility authority.

  • Pennsylvania AP Managing Editor’s Award for enterprise feature on 11 lottery winners.

  • Orlando Sentinel Editor’s award for piece on dying veterans’ impact on Memorial Day.




  • “The Content of Their Character: Race and Baltimore’s 1999 Mayoral Election” (Hilliard and Harris, 2004)

  • “Flatiron” (Hilliard and Harris, 2006)

  • “Phutile to Phinally: 10,000 Losses and One Life As A Philllies Fan.” (Hilliard and Harris, 2009)