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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 has won two national Edward R. Murrow awards; one for his reporting on the life and death of Breonna Taylor, and another for his 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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Former governor who signed Mississippi abortion law weighs in on Supreme Court fight

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Ahmaud's father Marcus Arbery and family attorney Ben Crump talk about trial outcome

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As food prices rise, non-profits try to keep serving clients

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Books We Love: Ari Shapiro picks 'Build Your House Around My Body'

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A car is submerged by floodwaters on a portion of I-94 in Detroit, several days after heavy rains flooded parts of the city in June. Matthew Hatcher/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Detroit homes are being overwhelmed by flooding — and it's not just water coming in

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After missteps, Ashley Judd says Time's Up is ready to 'get it right'

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When consumers want to reduce their carbon footprint, food choices matter

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How other countries at COP26 view American leadership and climate promises

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U.S. climate envoy John Kerry speaks at the COP26 summit during a joint U.S.-China statement on a declaration enhancing climate action. Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. and China announce surprise climate agreement at COP26 summit

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Brianna Fruean, a Samoan member of the Pacific Climate Warriors, speaks at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday. Ian Forsyth/Getty Images hide caption

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For Brianna Fruean, the smell of mud drives home the need for climate action

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How island nations vulnerable to climate change need rich, polluting countries to act

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From COP26: Pete Buttigieg describes how transportation factors into climate goals

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Vanessa Nakate speaks during the climate strike march on October 1, 2021 in Milan, Italy. Stefano Guidi/Getty Images hide caption

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Uganda's Vanessa Nakate says COP26 sidelines nations most affected by climate change

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Uganda's Vanessa Nakate says COP26 sidelines nations most affected by climate change

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What President Xi Jinping's absence from COP26 indicates for China's climate pledges

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