Ari Shapiro Ari Shapiro is co-host of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning newsmagazine.
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Ari Shapiro

Host, All Things Considered

Ari Shapiro has been one of the hosts of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine, since 2015. During his first two years on the program, listenership to All Things Considered grew at an unprecedented rate, with more people tuning in during a typical quarter-hour than any other program on the radio.

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 dozens of countries and most of the 50 states.

Shapiro spent two years as NPR's International Correspondent based in London, traveling the world to cover a wide range of topics for NPR's news programs. His overseas move came after four years as NPR's White House Correspondent during President Barack Obama's first and second terms. Shapiro also embedded with the campaign of Republican Mitt Romney for the duration of the 2012 presidential race. He was NPR's Justice Correspondent for five years during the George W. Bush Administration, covering debates over surveillance, detention and interrogation in the years after Sept. 11.

Shapiro's reporting has been consistently recognized by his peers. He was part of an NPR team that won a national Edward R. Murrow award for coverage of the Trump Administration's asylum policies on the US-Mexico border. 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 frequent guest appearances with the "little orchestra" Pink Martini, whose recent albums feature several of his contributions, in multiple languages. 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, The Royal Albert Hall in London and L'Olympia in Paris. In 2019 he created the show "Och and Oy" with Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, and they continue to tour the country with it.

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.

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In 'Crying In H Mart' Michelle Zauner Grapples With Food, Grief And Identity

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In The Wake Of Chauvin's Conviction, A Look Back At The Origins Of American Policing

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HHS Secretary Talks Unaccompanied Minors At The Border, Addresses Criticisms

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Archaeologists Discover Earliest Example Of Dog Domestication In Arabia

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After Supreme Court Decision, A Former Juvenile Lifer On What A 2nd Chance Meant

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Location Of Harriet Tubman's Home Discovered

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Congressional Democrat Says The Time Is Now For Federal Police Reform

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American Indicators Check-In: The Faces And Stories Behind The Economic Statistics

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Philonise Floyd And Attorney Ben Crump Reflect On Chauvin Verdict

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'Open Water' Explores Blackness and the Vulnerability of Falling In Love

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Joy, Relief In Airports As Australia And New Zealand Open 'Travel Bubble'

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Bubble Tea Without Boba: Shortage Leaves Many Wondering When Tapioca Will Return

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The 'Thin Blue Line' In Minnesota, Plus 'Tell Them, I Am'

What's it like to cover the Derek Chauvin trial against the backdrop of continued police violence? Guest host Ari Shapiro talks to Minnesota activist and journalist O'nika Nicole Craven. Then, he talks to Maurice Chammah, staff writer at The Marshall Project, about the origins and evolving symbolism of the thin blue line. Plus, Misha Euceph on the new season of her podcast Tell Them, I Am, and the many ways that Muslims find glimpses of God. Then, Mary Knauf, executive producer of Tell Them, I Am, joins Ari and Misha to play Who Said That.

The 'Thin Blue Line' In Minnesota, Plus 'Tell Them, I Am'

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Trans Journalists: It's 'A Privilege' To Tell The Stories Of The Trans Community

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