Ari Shapiro

Ari Shapiro is an NPR international correspondent based in London. An award-winning journalist, his reporting covers a wide range of topics and can be heard on all of NPR's national news programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Prior to his current post, Shapiro reported from the NPR Washington Desk as White House Correspondent during President Barack Obama's first and second terms, as Justice Correspondent during the George W. Bush administration and as a regular guest host on NPR's newsmagazines. He is also a frequent analyst on CNN, PBS, NBC and other television news outlets.

Shapiro's reporting has consistently won national accolades. The Columbia Journalism Review recognized 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, recognizing a body of 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 guest appearances with the "little orchestra" Pink Martini, whose recent albums feature several of his contributions. 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, L'Olympia in Paris, and Mount Lycabettus in Athens.

Shapiro graduated from Yale University magna cum laude and began his journalism career in the office of NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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Europe
7:51 am
Sun June 28, 2015

7 Years After Kosovo's Independence, A Border Still Fraught With Tension

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 9:40 am

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Europe
5:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Kosovo: The Pros And Cons Of Being Europe's Newest Country

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:35 am

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Europe
5:51 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

After Kosovo Emerged From War, Foreign Extremists Radicalized Youth

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 8:01 pm

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Parallels
5:05 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Bulgaria Steps Up Efforts Against Drug Trafficking Across Its Borders

A Bulgarian border policeman stands near a barbed wire wall on the border with Turkey in July 2014. Experts believe that about two-thirds of the heroin that enters Europe comes through Bulgaria, and that a third of that moves on to the United States.
Dimitar Dilkoff AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 8:58 am

As heroin addiction grows in the United States, the U.S. is focusing on the global supply chain, and officials believe one crucial link in it moves through Bulgaria, delivering most of the heroin that enters Europe — and some of what winds up on American streets.

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Parallels
3:36 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Russia And The West Play Tug Of War; Serbia Feels Caught In The Middle

Serbian protesters hold a banner that reads: "Serbia-Russia, we don't need the European Commission" on March 21 in Belgrade. The marchers were from a Serbian nationalist organization opposed to the government, which has pursued closer ties with Western Europe.
Darko Vojinovic AP

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 10:32 pm

Serbia stands at a crossroads these days, pulled in one direction by Russia, a longtime ally, and tugged in another by Western Europe, which holds the promise of economic opportunities despite its current financial troubles.

Given the friction between Russia and the West these days, it's increasingly difficult for a small country like Serbia to have it both ways.

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World
5:31 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Europe's Migrant Crisis Spreads Ashore As Refugees Enter Bulgaria On Foot

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 6:42 pm

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Europe
5:15 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Small Cafe Offers Refuge To Desperate Migrants Entering Bulgaria On Foot

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 8:58 pm

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Europe
4:05 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Europe's Migrant Crisis Spreads Ashore As Refugees Enter Bulgaria On Foot

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 1:13 am

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Europe
5:04 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Migrants Set On Getting To Europe Try Crossing Between Turkey And Bulgaria

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 7:19 am

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Europe
4:57 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

In A One-Room Schoolhouse, Irish Family Keeps Legacy Of W.B. Yeats Alive

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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Parallels
5:03 am
Fri June 12, 2015

In The Rolling Hills Of Galway, Spirit Of W.B. Yeats Lives On

Sister Mary de Lourdes Fahy transformed a one-room schoolhouse into the the Kiltartan Gregory Museum dedicated Yeats.
Rich Preston NPR

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 7:30 am

William Butler Yeats, one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, was born in Ireland 150 years ago this week, and across the country, the Irish are celebrating with public readings and festivals.

But his presence has never left rural County Galway, in far western Ireland, where Yeats spent many years, far from the big cities. And in turn, its landscape and spirit infuses so much of his poetry.

So it may not be surprising that a passionate nun in Galway has turned an old one-room schoolhouse on a country road into a small museum to Yeats.

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Parallels
4:28 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Surrogate Parenting: A Worldwide Industry, Lacking Global Rules

Simon Clements, left, and Steve Williams with their 6-month-old daughter, Sophie, in London. The two British men began the process of finding a surrogate mother more than two years ago. While legal in the U.K., the practice of surrogacy is tightly restricted.
Ari Shapiro NPR

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:58 am

In the U.S., surrogate parenting is widely accepted. Although no official figures exist, experts believe perhaps a thousand American children are born every year through surrogacy.

A patchwork of state-to-state regulations governs the practice. But the bottom line is if you're an American in the market for a surrogate — and you have money to spend — you can do it.

Things are very different in other parts of the world.

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Europe
5:10 am
Wed June 10, 2015

How Glasgow Shed Its Reputation As 'The Murder Capital Of Western Europe'

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 1:34 pm

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The Salt
6:15 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Cod Comeback: How The North Sea Fishery Bounced Back From The Brink

Fish for sale in the fish market in Fraserburgh, Scotland.
Ari Shapiro/NPR

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:01 pm

Cod love the icy cold waters of the North Sea — and British people love eating cod.

But a decade ago, it looked like people were eating the fish to the brink of collapse. Now the trend has turned around, and the cod are coming back.

We pick up this fish tale, which seems to be on its way to a happy ending, at an early morning fish auction in Fraserburgh, Scotland, where buyers and sellers are lined up alongside hundreds of boxes containing cod, hake, monkfish, sole and every other kind of fish you can imagine from the North Sea.

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Politics
5:35 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Irish Voters Prepare To Decide On Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:07 pm

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Parallels
1:08 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

An English 'Family Business,' Dedicated To A 2,000-Year-Old Roman Fort

Teams of volunteer archaeologists travel to Vindolanda during each excavation season. They painstakingly scrape and brush away at the soil to see what they can find.
Rich Preston NPR

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 7:06 pm

The world is full of family-run businesses that get passed down through generations. A family business in northern England, near the border with Scotland, will carry you back in time 2,000 years.

For the last couple of millennia, Vindolanda was hidden underground. This ancient Roman fort was buried beneath trees, then fields where oblivious farmers planted crops and grazed their sheep for centuries. Under the farmer's plow, the ruined city sat undisturbed — mostly.

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Parallels
3:25 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Conservative, Catholic Ireland Votes On Same-Sex Marriage

A campaign poster in Dublin encourages voters to say no to same-sex marriage ahead of a referendum in Dublin on Friday.
Paul Faith AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:17 pm

Ireland could make history this week. Same-sex marriage is legal in about 17 countries around the world. In all of those countries, the decision was made by the legislature or the courts. Ireland appears poised to become the first country to legalize same-sex marriage through a national popular vote set for Friday.

In Dublin, it is impossible to miss the debate. Nearly every lamppost carries a big poster, or several.

"YES: Equality for everybody," reads one showing a diverse group of smiling people.

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Politics
4:34 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Conservative Victory Moves U.K. Closer To EU Exit

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 10:38 pm

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Politics
5:54 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Polls Close In Tight British Election, Show Lead For Conservative Party

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:22 pm

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Europe
5:46 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Britons Cast Ballots In Tightest Race In Decades

A man walks out of a polling station in St. Leonard's Church on Thursday in Loftus, England.
Ian Forsyth Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 10:35 am

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