Ari Shapiro

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Ari Shapiro
Ari Shapiro
Shapiro speaking at College of DuPage in 2012
Born (1978-09-30) September 30, 1978 (age 42)
Fargo, North Dakota
Nationality American
Occupation Radio journalist
Years active 2001 - present
Employer National Public Radio
Home town Portland, Oregon

Ari Shapiro (born September 30, 1978 in Fargo, North Dakota) is an American radio journalist who grew up in Portland, Oregon. He previously served as White House correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). He has been NPR's international correspondent based in London since 2014. In September 2015, Shapiro became one of four rotating hosts on NPR's flagship drive-time program All Things Considered.

Family and education

Ari Shapiro was born in Fargo, North Dakota, the son of database researcher and university teacher Len Shapiro, and university professor Elayne Shapiro.[1][2] When he was eight years old, he moved with his family to Portland, Oregon. He attended Beaverton High School. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English[3] and is a member of the Scroll and Key secret society.


Shapiro began his NPR career as an intern to legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg in January 2001.[4] Following that assignment, he worked as an editorial assistant and an assistant editor on Morning Edition. After working as a regional reporter for NPR in Atlanta and Miami and five years as NPR's Justice Correspondent, Shapiro began covering the White House in 2010. In 2014, he became NPR's correspondent in London.[5] On July 9, 2015 NPR announced that Shapiro and Kelly McEvers will join Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel as hosts of NPR's All Things Considered program.[2]

Shapiro regularly appears as an analyst on PBS NewsHour.

Romney press conference question coordination

On September 12, 2012, Shapiro was recorded coordinating a question to ask Mitt Romney with CBS News's Jan Crawford just before a press conference called by Romney, which was intended to address the United States administration's response via the State Department to the 2012 diplomatic missions attacks.[6][7]

Washington Post blogger Erik Wemple called the criticism "conspiracy-mongering" and "vacuous blather."[8] Politico blogger Dylan Byers said “the conspiracy charge is ridiculous,” adding that it’s “about as sinister as a group of businessmen agreeing to bring pastries to a meeting in order to ensure that, ‘no matter what time you arrive, we'll all be fed.’”[9]

Recognition and awards

Shapiro's work has been recognized with journalism awards, including the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, a laurel from the Columbia Journalism Review, and the American Judges Association's American Gavel Award. Shapiro was the first NPR reporter to be promoted to correspondent before age 30.

In May 2010, the pop-culture magazine Paper included Shapiro in an annual list of "Beautiful People," saying he "must have a clone. No one man could have so many talents and be in so many places at once."[10]

In December 2010, MSNBC's entertainment website BLTWY placed Shapiro 26th on its "power list" of "35 people under 35 who changed DC in 2010," calling him "one of NPR's fastest rising stars."[11]

In 2008, LGBT-themed magazine Out included Shapiro in the "Out 100", a list of "the year’s most interesting, influential, and newsworthy LGBT people." Shapiro was also included on a list of openly gay media professionals in The Advocate's "Forty under 40" issue of June/July 2009.[12]

Personal life

On February 27, 2004, Shapiro and longtime boyfriend Michael Gottlieb were married at San Francisco City Hall.[13] Gottlieb is a lawyer who joined the White House counsel's office in April 2013.[14]

Musical side project

In 2009 Shapiro recorded the song "But Now I'm Back" with Pink Martini on the band's fourth album, Splendor in the Grass. Since then, he has been featured on the Pink Martini albums Joy to the World (singing in Ladino and Hebrew) and Get Happy (singing in Spanish and Hindi). He made his live debut with Pink Martini on September 19, 2009, performing at the Hollywood Bowl. He has performed live with them frequently since then, including at such iconic venues as Carnegie Hall and the Beacon Theater in New York City, the Olympia in Paris, Kew Gardens in London, and the Lycabettus Theatre in Athens.[15][2]


  1. "Profile | University of Portland". Retrieved 4 December 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 [1] The Oregonian, 26 August 2015
  3. "Ari Shapiro". NPR. Retrieved 4 December 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "All Things Considered Host Ari Shapiro Plays DJ". All Songs Considered. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Ari Shapiro Heading To London For New Role On NPR's International Desk". NPR. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "EXCLUSIVE: Open mic captures press coordinating questions for Romney "no matter who he calls on we're covered"". The Right Scoop. 12 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Open Mic Catches Reporters Coordinating Questions Ahead Of Romney Press Conference". Mediaite. 12 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Wemple, Erik (13 September 2012). "Obama-rooting reporters?". Washington Post.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Byers, Dylan (14 September 2012). "The conspiracy of journalists". Politico.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Beautiful People 2010: Ari Shapiro". Papermag. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "BLTWY Power List: 35 People Under 35 Who Changed D.C. In 2010". MSN. Retrieved 11 January 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Forty Under 40: Media".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  13. Poppick, Susie (5 March 2004). "Yalies walk a fine line down the aisle in San Francisco". Yale Daily News. Retrieved 21 December 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Farhi, Paul (6 December 2013). "Media, administration deal with conflicts". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Ari Shapiro and Pink Martini return to the Hollywood Bowl".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]

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