He appeared for the first time in the episdoe "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish".
He is a journalist who works for The Springfield Shopper. He wears a fedora similar to those worn by reporters of the 1940s. Kent Brockman seems to hold him in slight contempt, possibly because they work in different news mediums. When Shutton arrived at a scene and asked what was going on, Brockman replied, "Oh, do your research, Shutton!"
He also appeared in "The Simpsons Movie".
He also appeared in "The Simpsons Guy".
He is voiced by Harry Shearer.