1978-09-30

ARI SHAPIRO is an American radio journalist who was born on this date. In September 2015, Shapiro became one of four rotating hosts on National Public Radio’s flagship drive-time program All Things Considered. He previously served as White House correspondent and international correspondent based in London for NPR.

Shapiro began his NPR career as an intern to legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg in January 2001. Following that assignment, he worked as an editorial assistant and an assistant editor on Morning Edition. After working as a regional reporter for NPR in Atlanta and Miami and five years as NPR’s Justice Correspondent, Shapiro began covering the White House in 2010. In 2014, he became NPR’s correspondent in London. In July 2015 NPR announced that Shapiro and Kelly McEvers would join Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel as hosts of NPR’s All Things Considered program

Shapiro’s work has been recognized with journalism awards, including the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, the Daniel Shorr Journalism Prize, a laurel from the Columbia Journalism Review, and the American Judges Association’s American Gavel Award. Shapiro was the first NPR reporter to be promoted to correspondent before age 30. 

In February 2004, Shapiro and longtime boyfriend Michael Gottlieb were married at San Francisco City Hall. Gottlieb is a lawyer who worked at the White House counsel’s office from 2013-2015.

Since 2009, Shapiro has been a regular guest singer with the band Pink Martini. He appears on four of the band’s albums, singing in several languages. He made his live debut with the band at the Hollywood Bowl. He has performed live with them frequently since then, including at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Beacon Theater in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Olympia in Paris, Kew Gardens in London, and the Lycabettus Theatre in Athens.

In May 2010, the pop-culture magazine Paper included Shapiro in an annual list of “Beautiful People,” saying he “must have a clone. No one man could have so many talents and be in so many places at once.”

In December 2010, MSNBC’s entertainment website BLTWY placed Shapiro 26th on its “power list” of “35 people under 35 who changed DC in 2010,” calling him “one of NPR’s fastest rising stars.”

In 2016 and 2008, LGBT-themed magazine Out included Shapiro in the “Out 100”, a list of “the year’s most interesting, influential, and newsworthy LGBT people.” Shapiro was also included on a list of openly gay media professionals in The Advocate’s “Forty under 40” issue of June/July 2009.

In February 2004, Shapiro and longtime boyfriend Michael Gottlieb were married at San Francisco City Hall. Gottlieb is a lawyer who worked at the White House counsel’s office from 2013 to 2015.