Ari Shapiro

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This article is about the general NPR journalist. For the Boston science journalist who also occasionally reports for NPR, see Ari Daniel Shapiro.
Ari Shapiro
Ari Shapiro
Shapiro speaking at College of DuPage in 2012
Born (1978-09-30) September 30, 1978 (age 36)
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). Beginning in 2014, he has been NPR's international correspondent based in London.

Family and education[edit]

Ari Shapiro is the son of database researcher Len Shapiro and university professor Elayne Shapiro.[1] 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[2] 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. 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.[3]

Shapiro regularly appears as an analyst on PBS NewsHour.

Romney press conference question coordination[edit]

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 to be held by Romney intended to address the United States administration's response via the State Department to the 2012 diplomatic missions attacks.[4][5] Conservative critics described the exchange as an attempt to create a narrative that the Romney presidential campaign had made a number of missteps and gaffes from journalists sympathetic to Obama's reelection campaign.[6][7][8][9]

Washington Post blogger Erik Wemple called the criticism "conspiracy-mongering" and "vacuous blather."[10] 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.’”[11]

Recognition and awards[edit]

Shapiro's work has been recognized with journalism awards, including the American Bar Association 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, 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."[12]

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."[13]

In 2008, 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.[14]

Personal life[edit]

On February 27, 2004, Shapiro and longtime boyfriend Michael Gottlieb were married at San Francisco City Hall.[15] Michael Gottlieb is a lawyer who joined the White House counsel's office in April 2013.[16]

Musical side project[edit]

In 2009, he 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.[17]


  1. ^ "Profile | University of Portland". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  2. ^ "Ari Shapiro". NPR. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  3. ^ "Ari Shapiro Heading To London For New Role On NPR's International Desk". NPR. 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  4. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Open mic captures press coordinating questions for Romney "no matter who he calls on we’re covered"". The Right Scoop. 2012-09-12. 
  5. ^ "Open Mic Catches Reporters Coordinating Questions Ahead Of Romney Press Conference". Mediaite. 2012-09-12. 
  6. ^ Pollack, Joel. "NPR's Shapiro defends question collaboration". 
  7. ^ "Audio: Press caught on open mic coordinating Egypt/Libya questions for Romney?". 
  8. ^ Malkin, Michelle (2012-09-13). "Malkin: Reporters Coordinating Questions Shows Media Are ‘Tools’ And ‘Stenographers’ For Obama". Mediaite. 
  9. ^ Grenell, Richard (2012-09-13). "Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney Versus Barack Obama". 
  10. ^ Wemple, Erik (2012-09-13). "Obama-rooting reporters?". Washington Post. 
  11. ^ Byers, Dylan (2012-09-14). "The conspiracy of journalists". Politico. 
  12. ^ "Beautiful People 2010: Ari Shapiro". Papermag. 2010-03-29. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  13. ^ "BLTWY Power List: 35 People Under 35 Who Changed D.C. In 2010". MSN. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Forty Under 40: Media". [dead link]
  15. ^ Poppick, Susie (March 5, 2004). "Yalies walk a fine line down the aisle in San Francisco". Yale Daily News. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  16. ^ Farhi, Paul (2013-12-06). "Media, administration deal with conflicts". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  17. ^ "Ari Shapiro and Pink Martini return to the Hollywood Bowl". [dead link]