Aarti Shahani

Tech Reporter, NPR Business Desk

Aarti Shahani is a Tech Reporter on NPR's Business Desk. Based in Silicon Valley, it's her job to cover the biggest companies on earth. In her reporting, she works to pinpoint how economies and human relationships are being radically redefined by the tech sector.

Shahani has an unconventional path. Journalism is her second career. Before it, she was a community organizer in her native New York City, helping prisoners and families being deported from the U.S. She loves learning from brilliant, intense people — be they the engineers who are building self-driving cars, or the jailhouse lawyers filing laser-sharp habeas petitions.

Shahani received a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, with generous support from the University and the Paul & Daisy Soros fellowship. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago. Her reporting has been honored with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award.

She finds Northern California to be a beautiful and jarring place — and she hopes one day to understand its many contradictions.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai talks about the new Google Assistant during a 2016 product event in San Francisco. The voice assistant is one of a number of Google products that will provide user data to the curation service that the company is launching Wednesday. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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With Entry Into Interest Curation, Google Goes Head-To-Head With Facebook

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Elon Musk: Artificial Intelligence Poses 'Existential Risk'

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Computer Scientists Demonstrate The Potential For Faking Video

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"We should be around the world. But we should also be focused on our own backyards," Microsoft President Brad Smith says. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Microsoft Courts Rural America, And Politicians, With High-Speed Internet

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (right) speaks with panelists at the Facebook Communities Summit on Thursday in Chicago, where he announced Facebook's mission will change to focus on the activity level of its users. From left are Lola Omolola, Erin Schatteman and Janet Sanchez, who run popular Facebook groups. Teresa Crawford/AP hide caption

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Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick, pictured here at a Vanity Fair summit in October 2016, resigned abruptly this week as the company's CEO after weeks of scandals about workplace culture. Mike Windle/Getty Images for Vanity Fair hide caption

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After CEO Resignation, Is Uber Kalanick-less Or Kalanick-free?

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Freada Kapor Klein stands on a staircase at the Kapor Center for Social Impact in Oakland, Calif. She is a high profile investor, who invested early on with Uber. She has used her voice and her money in a decades-long effort to promote more diversity in Silicon Valley. Talia Herman for NPR hide caption

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The Investor Who Took On Uber, And Silicon Valley

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Uber Considers Leave Of Absence For CEO Travis Kalanack

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Uber Drivers Confront Challenges Working For A 'Faceless Boss'

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One Uber driver is available in Muncie, Ind., at 7 p.m. on a recent weeknight. Through dozens of interviews and an informal survey, NPR found that hundreds of Uber drivers feel the company is not living up to its "Be Your Own Boss" promise. Lucas Carter for NPR hide caption

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The Faceless Boss: A Look Into The Uber Driver Workplace

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Changing Pay Rates Keep Uber Drivers On The Road Longer

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Uber Drivers Criticize Company For Shady Firing Practices

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Uber Drivers Don't Feel Like Their Own Bosses

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Morning News Brief: Robert Mueller As Special Counsel, New Google Products

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