Ari Shapiro

NPR Host, All Things Considered

Award-winning journalist

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Ari Shapiro has reported from above the Arctic Circle and aboard Air Force One. He has covered wars in Iraq, Ukraine, and Israel, and he has filed stories from five continents.

In 2015, Shapiro joined Kelly McEvers, Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel as a weekday co-host of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine.

Shapiro was previously NPR's International Correspondent based in London, from where he traveled the world covering a wide range of topics for NPR's national news programs.

Shapiro joined NPR's international desk in 2014 after four years as White House Correspondent during President Barack Obama's first and second terms. In 2012, Shapiro embedded with the presidential campaign of Republican Mitt Romney. He was NPR Justice Correspondent for five years during the George W. Bush Administration, covering one of the most tumultuous periods in the Department's history.

Shapiro is a frequent guest analyst on television news programs, and his reporting has been consistently recognized by his peers. The Columbia Journalism Review honored him with a laurel for his investigation into disability benefits for injured American veterans. The American Bar Association awarded him the Silver Gavel for exposing the failures of Louisiana's detention system after Hurricane Katrina. He was the first recipient of the American Judges' Association American Gavel Award for his work on U.S. courts and the American justice system. And at age 25, Shapiro won the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for an investigation of methamphetamine use and HIV transmission.

An occasional singer, Shapiro makes guest appearances with the "little orchestra" Pink Martini, whose recent albums feature several of his contributions. Since his debut at the Hollywood Bowl in 2009, Shapiro has performed live at many of the world's most storied venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, L'Olympia in Paris, and Mount Lycabettus in Athens.

Shapiro was born in Fargo, North Dakota, and grew up in Portland, Oregon. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale. He began his journalism career as an intern for NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg, who has also occasionally been known to sing in public.


Ari tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

To Be a Great Politician

To be a great politician, you need more than good ideas. You need to move people. The best political leaders have something in common with the best entertainers. They know how to use humor, rhythm, and style. They don’t just persuade people of an argument; they compel people to act. They go beyond engaging their audience’s minds, to pull at their hearts and emotions. During my years covering the White House and political campaigns, I have seen politicians without their makeup on. I’ve watched candidates rise and fall on their ability to engage and entertain. And I’ve tried to understand why some succeed at this while others fail. And beyond my political reporting for NPR, I have some personal experience in this area. I’ve performed for tens of thousands of people with a band called Pink Martini at some of the world’s most storied venues, from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl. And those gigs have more in common with a political campaign than people might imagine. It’s just like E.M. Forster said: “Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted.”

The New LGBT Generation

From the White House to the Supreme Court and from television to pro sports, America’s approach to LGBT people has changed more quickly in the last decade than it has on any other civil rights issue in history. Today same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, transgender characters are common on TV, and even the Secretary of the Army is openly gay. Ari Shapiro, host of NPR’s All Things Considered, has reported on all of these subjects. He’s been called one of the most influential LGBT people in media. Out Magazine has included him in the “Out 100” list of notable LGBT figures, and he has been dubbed one of “40 under 40” LGBT leaders. In this talk, Shapiro weaves together personal stories and analysis of the news to look at why and how the landscape has transformed so quickly, and what the dramatic shift implies for American society.


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