Laura Shields is a freelance journalist and media trainer who works between Brussels and London. After graduating from Cambridge University in 2000, Laura worked as a London-based journalist specializing in financial news and US politics. After three years as a producer for CNN and CNBC's European business programmes she moved to BBC News as the Economics and Business Analyst.

From February 2007 Laura produced political and financial news for BBC Radio 4's flagship World at One and PM programmes. She also worked as a producer of feature packages, helping to shape the department's coverage of the credit crunch. Laura was chosen to be a key member of the BBC's US Election Night television coverage in November 2008 and reported on Barack Obama's inauguration for the World Service in January 2009.

She has also run seminars for BBC journalists on UK economics, energy and international trade and development. She was a contributor to the BBC website and has had her work published in the Daily Express. Laura is now working as a journalist and media trainer in London and Brussels. As a journalist she has reported for Reuters Television and was a senior member of the team which produced the BBC's European Elections Results TV coverage. Her media training clients include the European Glass Fibre Producers' Association, ActionAid, Blueprint Partners, Hill & Knowlton and Grayling Public Affairs. She has dual UK-US nationality and speaks English and Spanish.