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Ari Shapiro (born September 30, 1978 in Fargo, North Dakota) is an American radio journalist who grew up in Portland, Oregon. He currently is White House correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR).
Ari Shapiro is the son of database researcher Dr. Len Shapiro and university professor Dr. Elayne Shapiro. 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. He is currently a White House Correspondent for National Public Radio.
Shapiro began covering the White House in 2010, after five years as NPR's Justice Correspondent. He 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.
Shapiro regularly appears as an analyst on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.
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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 American administration's response via the State Department to the 2012 diplomatic missions attacks. 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.
Washington Post blogger Erik Wemple called the criticism “conspiracy-mongering” and “vacuous blather.” Politico blogger Dylan Beyers 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.’”
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 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.
In 2009, he recorded the song "But Now I'm Back" with Pink Martini on the band's fourth album, Splendor in the Grass. In 2010, he recorded songs in Ladino and Hebrew for Pink Martini's holiday album, Joy to the World. In 2012, he recorded songs in Hindi and Spanish for an album that is scheduled for release in Spring of 2013. 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 in New York City, the Olympia in Paris, Kew Gardens in London, and the Lycabettus Theatre in Athens.