Shapiro speaking at College of DuPage in 2012
September 30, 1978 |
Fargo, North Dakota
|Years active||2001 - present|
|Employer||National Public Radio|
|Home town||Portland, Oregon|
|Spouse(s)||Michael Gottlieb (m. 2004)|
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Ari Shapiro (born September 30, 1978) 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 Elayne (Halpern), a university professor, and Len Shapiro, a database researcher and university teacher. His family is Jewish. 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 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. 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.
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.
Washington Post blogger Erik Wemple called the criticism "conspiracy-mongering" and "vacuous blather." 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.’”
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."
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.
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.
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