Ari Shapiro Heading To London For New Role On NPR's International Desk

ARI SHAPIRO NAMED NPR LONDON CORRESPONDENT

Shapiro Moves from White House to Join 17-Bureau NPR International Desk

NPR News correspondent Ari Shapiro, who has covered the White House since 2010, will join the international desk as the network's new London correspondent. He will begin reporting from London in January 2014; Philip Reeves, who's been based in London since 2010, is moving to become NPR's Islamabad correspondent.

From a base in London, Shapiro will cover the great range of stories in Britain and all of Europe: from the economy and politics, to culture, music and the royals. He will also contribute to NPR's coverage and breaking news from the Middle East and North Africa.

"This post requires an extraordinary constellation of reporting skills. Ari has it all," says Margaret Low Smith, SVP of NPR News. "He is a first class journalist and a master storyteller. He produces some of NPR's most compelling stories and when he is on the air people sit up and listen. I can't wait to hear him in London and beyond."

Shapiro has reported for NPR since 2003, first in Miami, Boston and Atlanta, and for the next five years as a justice correspondent covering national security and counterterrorism. Since 2010 he's been at the White House, and spent 2012 on the campaign trail to lead NPR's coverage of Mitt Romney's candidacy. He also travels widely overseas in his reporting, including visits to Afghanistan and most recently Africa with President Barack Obama, and to Iraq with Attorney General Michael Mukasey. He has been a guest host for Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, and regularly appears on CNN, MSNBC and PBS.

Shapiro moonlights as a singer with the "little orchestra" Pink Martini, performing with the band at many of the world's most storied venues, including the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall in New York, L'Olympia in Paris, and Mount Lycabettus in Athens.

NPR has long been dedicated to international news coverage that brings listeners dynamic stories of the world's people, politics, economy and cultures. Under the leadership of Senior International Editor Edith Chapin, the International Desk provides robust reporting from correspondents based in 17 bureaus around the world; it added Sao Paulo, Brazil, in May 2013. NPR has consistently emphasized its international coverage, earning recognition and receiving every major award in journalism.

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