Ari Shapiro

Ari Shapiro reports on the White House for NPR with a focus on national security and legal affairs. His stories appear on all of NPR's newsmagazines, including All Things Considered and Morning Edition, where he is also a frequent guest host. Shapiro began covering the White House in 2010 after five years as NPR's Justice Correspondent, during which time his coverage of Justice Department policies and controversies chronicled one of the most tumultuous periods in the department's history.

The first NPR reporter to be promoted to correspondent before age 30, Shapiro has been recognized with several journalism prizes, including The American Bar Association's Silver Gavel for his coverage of prisoners lost in Louisiana's detention system after Hurricane Katrina; The Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for his investigation of methamphetamine use and HIV transmission; the Columbia Journalism Review's "laurel" recognition of his investigation into disability benefits for injured veterans; and the American Judges' Association's American Gavel for a body of work reporting on courts and the justice system. He has appeared as a guest analyst on television news programs including The NewsHourThe Rachel Maddow Show and CNN Newsroom.

Shapiro is based in Washington, D.C., where, as NPR's Justice Correspondent, he covered some of the most significant court cases in recent history, including Supreme Court rulings on Guantanamo detainees, the perjury trial of top White House official Lewis "Scooter" Libby and the fraud trial of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. He has also broken stories about the government's evolving approach to counterterrorism, detention and interrogation policies. He investigated abuses of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison and covered the legal proceedings against American soldiers accused of those abuses.

Before covering the Justice Department, Shapiro was NPR's regional reporter in Atlanta and then in Miami. In 2003, he was an NPR reporting fellow at WBUR in Boston.

Shapiro is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale. He began his journalism career in 2001 in the office of NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg. Shapiro was born in Fargo, North Dakota, and grew up in Portland, Oregon.




Wed April 20, 2011
Digital Life

New Media Could Make Or Break Presidential Race

Sarah Palin has almost a half-million Twitter followers. Mitt Romney announced his presidential exploratory committee in a Web video. And on Wednesday, President Obama is visiting Facebook's California headquarters for a virtual town hall meeting.

Though Obama's Facebook visit isn't officially a campaign event, there's no denying that new media are going to have a huge impact on the 2012 presidential election — and not necessarily in the ways you would expect.

Something New — And Something Old

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Thu April 7, 2011

No Big Breakthroughs As Budget Deadline Looms

Talks at the White House on Wednesday night did not produce a budget agreement, and a government shutdown is still looming. President Obama, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican House Speaker John Boehner left the meeting saying they will continue to work toward a settlement.


Wed April 6, 2011

Budget Negotiations: A Study Of Game Theory

Originally published on Wed April 6, 2011 7:40 pm



The budget is, of course, not a game. It could have serious consequences for the economy, public health and people's jobs. But game theory is one way to understand what's happening. Game theory tries to find order in the chaos of something like a budget negotiation.

NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro reports on how the budget debate is a bit like a game of chess.

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Sat April 2, 2011

Obama's Libya Doctrine Vague Amid False Choices



This week, President Obama laid out his philosophy about military involvement in Libya. Some pundits applauded the speech as a triumph. Others said it fell short. President Obama himself might argue...

President BARACK OBAMA: And much of the debate in Washington has put forward a false choice when it comes to Libya.

SIMON: The false choice is one of President Obama's favorite rhetorical tools. NPR's Ari Shapiro explores why.

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Thu March 10, 2011

Wis. GOP Senators Outmaneuver Missing Democrats

Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate made an end-run around state Democrats, voting Wednesday night to strip collective bargaining rights from the state's public workers.