Aarti Shahani

Tech Reporter, NPR Business Desk

Aarti Shahani is a Tech Reporter on NPR's Business Desk, where she covers breaking news, and does investigative and enterprise reporting.

Since joining NPR's tech beat in May 2014, Shahani has reported from five countries and covered the world's biggest tech events, including the International Consumer Electronics Show.

In her first year, Shahani has shed light on hidden stories, such as the role of cyberstalking in domestic abuse, and the underground world of hackers. Shahani's reports have taken her to unlikely places – including a secretive Hollywood film set using drone cameras.

Before coming to NPR as a Kroc Fellow in 2011-2012, Shahani started a non-profit in her native New York City to help immigrant families facing deportation after September 11th. She notes she first met NPR as a source, pitching NPR a story about a detainee who'd died because of deliberate medical neglect. Of her unusual path to journalism, she notes, "Basically, I spent my 20s with prisoners. I'm spending my 30s with billionaires in Silicon Valley. And I've learned: People are just people."

Her reporting has been honored with a regional award from the Society of Professional Journalists for "Finding Hidden Genius"; a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for "On Immigration, High Tech and Ag Don't Meet, Literally"; and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award for "Post Mortem: Death Investigation in America" with ProPublica, NPR, and Frontline.

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.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right, speaks with panelists at the Facebook Communities Summit on Thursday, 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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Microsoft President Brad Smith speaks at the annual Microsoft shareholders meeting on Nov. 30, 2016, in Bellevue, Wash. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Microsoft President Urges Nuclear-Like Limits On Cyberweapons

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Ransomware Attacks Begin To Stabilize After Compromising Networks Worldwide

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Ransomware Attacks Computer Networks Around The Globe

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Ransomware Attacks Hit Computer Systems In Dozens Of Countries

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