Ari Shapiro must have a clone. No one man could have so manytalents and be in so many places at once. One moment he's chatting aboutAttorney General Eric Holder and the terrorist trials on National PublicRadio; the next he's jetting off to New York to catch Elaine Stritch at theCarlyle Hotel or Hawaii to perform loungey songs with his favorite band,Pink Martini (he can be heard on their latest album Splendor in the Grass, andis basically an honorary member at this point). If there's a parkour event inWashington, D.C. -- where he shares a town house with his husband in thetrendy neighborhood of 14th and U -- he's there. That is, when he's not wakingup at 2:30 a.m. to fill in as the host of Morning Edition. "I try to remainengaged and stimulated on many different fronts, and maintain a balancebetween an intellectual and an artistic life," the 32-year-old explains. "Thatway you don't get burnt-out on one thing."
He won't have to worry about that for a while. He's about to embarkon a new adventure, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. After five yearsas a Justice Department correspondent (he's the youngest NPR reporterto receive correspondent status), he's been promoted to the White Housebeat. "I am excited about looking at how the White House deals with issueslike Guantanamo detainees and national security policies, in contrast to theJustice Department. Surely there is coordination there, but the two parts ofthe government come at it from different angles," he says.
His career at the public radio station started in 2000, when shortly aftergraduating from Yale, Shapiro landed an internship with Supreme Courtreporter Nina Totenberg and moved up the ranks faster than AndersonCooper's hair turned gray. It didn't hurt that growing up in Portland hisparents' radio dial was always turned to NPR. "My mother would makedinner every night during All Things Considered. It got to a point where thetheme music made me salivate."
Ari wears a blazer by Dolce & Gabbana and shirt and tie by Michael Bastian