Randolph-Macon College will host National Public Radio’s White House Correspondent
and Award-Winning Journalist Ari Shapiro on October 24, 2013 at 7 p.m. in Blackwell
Auditorium, R-MC Center for the Performing Arts (205 Henry Street).
Shapiro will present “Stories You Won't Hear on the Radio.” This event is sponsored
by R-MC’s Paul and Lois Watkins Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public;
however, a ticket is required. Please click on
Ari Shapiro to reserve tickets.
Map and Directions
While his stories at NPR have won awards for their impact and depth, these are engaging,
funny, and sometimes profound tales that aren’t find on the air. Shapiro will share
what it really feels like to operate inside the White House bubble with the president
and his senior staff during some of America’s most consequential moments. A Q&A
will follow Shapiro’s talk.
About Ari Shapiro
Ari Shapiro has been NPR’s White House Correspondent since 2010. His stories appear
on all of NPR’s newsmagazines, including All Things Considered and Morning Edition,
where he is also a frequent guest host. He began reporting on the White House after
five years as NPR’s Justice Correspondent, covering national security and counterterrorism
during one of the most tumultuous periods in the Justice Department’s history.
Shapiro spent 2012 on the campaign trail, leading NPR’s coverage of Mitt Romney
during the primary and general election. He also travels widely overseas in his
reporting, including visits to Afghanistan with President Obama and to Iraq with
Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
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 regularly appears as a guest analyst on CNN,
PBS, NBC, and other TV news outlets.
Before covering the Justice Department, Shapiro worked as a public radio reporter
in Atlanta, Miami, and Boston.
Shapiro moonlights as a guest singer with the “little orchestra” Pink Martini, based
in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Since he debuted with them at the Hollywood
Bowl in 2009, he has performed with the band at Carnegie Hall in New York, L’Olympia
in Paris, and Mount Lycabettus in Athens. He has recorded songs on three of Pink
Martini’s albums, in five languages.
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.
Watkins Lecture Series
The Watkins Lecture Series was established in 1999 by Marion Watkins Herget and
Dr. George D. Watkins ’44 and is named in honor of their parents. The program has
hosted a number of notable speakers including journalists Bob Woodward and David
Gergen, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Julian Bond, Nina Totenberg and James Carville.
For more information on the Watkins Lecture Series, please contact Anne Marie Lauranzon
at 804-752-7317, firstname.lastname@example.org.