Nationally recognized columnist and PBS commentator Mark Shields offered a Labor Day lecture on the current presidential race entitled "2012 - The Presidency." Shields, who has covered 11 presidential elections and attended 17 national party conventions, has appeared regularly on Friday's PBS NewsHour since 1988, most recently with David Brooks of The New York Times. The Wall Street Journal has called Shields "the wittiest political analyst around and frequently the most trenchant, fair-minded and thoughtful."

Before his work with PBS he served as moderator and commentator for 17 years on CNN's weekly political talk show "Capital Gang." He has taught political science courses at University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Georgetown University's Graduate School of Public Policy, and he was a fellow at Harvard's Kennedy Institute of Politics.

Shields has been a writer for The Washington Post, and worked in Washington through the administration of nine U.S. Presidents. He graduated from Notre Dame University and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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