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Ari Michael Shapiro[1] (born 30 September 1978) is an American radio journalist. In September 2015, Shapiro became one of four rotating hosts on National Public Radio's flagship drive-time program All Things Considered. He previously served as White House correspondent and international correspondent based in London for NPR.

Ari Shapiro
Ari Shapiro
Shapiro in 2012
Ari Michael Shapiro

(1978-09-30) 30 September 1978 (age 41)
Alma materYale University
OccupationRadio journalist
Years active2001–present
EmployerNational Public Radio
Home townBeaverton, Oregon, U.S.
Spouse(s)Michael Gottlieb (m. 2004)

Family and educationEdit

Ari Shapiro was born in Fargo, North Dakota, the son of Elayne (Halpern), a university professor, and Leonard Shapiro, a database researcher and university teacher.[2][3][4] Shapiro is Jewish.[5] When he was eight years old, he moved with his family to Beaverton, Oregon. He attended Beaverton High School. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English,[6] sang in Mixed Company of Yale, and was 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.[7] 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.[8] On 9 July 2015 NPR announced that Shapiro and Kelly McEvers would join Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel as hosts of NPR's All Things Considered program.[2]

Recognition and awardsEdit

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.[citation needed] Shapiro was the first NPR reporter to be promoted to correspondent before age 30.[citation needed]

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."[9]

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."[10]

In 2016 and 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.[11][12]

Personal lifeEdit

On 27 February 2004, Shapiro and longtime boyfriend Michael Gottlieb were married at San Francisco City Hall.[13] Gottlieb is a lawyer who worked at the White House counsel's office from 2013 to 2015.[14]

Musical side projectEdit

Since 2009, Shapiro has been a regular guest singer with the band Pink Martini. He appears on four of the band's albums, singing in several languages.[15][16] He made his live debut with the band at the Hollywood Bowl. He has performed live with them frequently since then, including at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Beacon Theater in New York City, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Olympia in Paris, Kew Gardens in London, and the Lycabettus Theatre in Athens.[17][2]


  1. ^ "Ari Michael Shapiro". Yale Banner. Yale University. 2000. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Turnquist, Kristi (26 August 2015). "Portland's own Ari Shapiro talks about singing with Pink Martini and hosting NPR's 'All Things Considered'". The Oregonian.
  3. ^ "Profile | University of Portland". Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Death Notice: Sylvia Riesa Halpern". Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Ari Shapiro: The Singing Reporter - Metro Weekly". 2 July 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Ari Shapiro". NPR. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  7. ^ "All Things Considered Host Ari Shapiro Plays DJ". All Songs Considered. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Ari Shapiro Heading to London for new role on NPR's International Desk". NPR. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Beautiful People 2010: Ari Shapiro". Papermag. 29 March 2010. Archived from the original on 21 June 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  10. ^ "BLTWY Power List: 35 people under 35 who changed D.C. in 2010". MSN. Archived from the original on 2 January 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
  11. ^ "Forty Under 40: Media". Archived from the original on 28 May 2009.
  12. ^ "OUT100 2016". 31 October 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  13. ^ Poppick, Susie (5 March 2004). "Yalies walk a fine line down the aisle in San Francisco". Yale Daily News. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2007.
  14. ^ Farhi, Paul (6 December 2013). "Media, administration deal with conflicts". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  15. ^ "All Songs Considered audio interview and embedded video of Shapiro, singing with Pink Martini". 21 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Step Aside, Cat Videos: NPR's own Ari Shapiro wings (beautifully) with Pink Martini". Archived from the original on 27 April 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  17. ^ "Ari Shapiro and Pink Martini return to the Hollywood Bowl".[dead link]

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