Shea joined the Las Vegas Review-Journal in November 2018 to cover City Hall and Clark County. He previously spent six years at the Desert Dispatch and Daily Press newspapers located in the High Desert of Southern California, where he covered politics at city, county and state levels. Shea has won three California Newspaper Publishers Association awards for his work. In 2018 he was a California Journalism Awards finalist for investigative reporting. He is an unapologetic Chicago sports fan, excluding only the White Sox.