NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro is coming to Salt Lake City on Oct. 21 to speak with Salt Lake Community College students, faculty and members of the community. The day will feature two events: the Arts and Cultural Events (ACE) Speaker’s Bureau lecture, geared towards SLCC students staff, faculty, and the community, and an open forum that will be moderated by KUER’s Doug Fabrizio.
“Stories You Won’t Hear on the Radio” is the subject of Shapiro’s open lecture, which starts at 11:30 a.m. in the Oak Room, located on the second floor of the Student Center at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. It is free of charge. Students,staff, faculty and the community are encouraged to bring their lunch, but there will be some food and refreshments available to attendees.
“After almost four years covering the White House for NPR, I’ve accumulated a lot of behind-the-scenes stories that haven’t made it onto the radio. I’m looking forward to sharing those tales during my visit to Salt Lake City, before I take off for a new job covering London for NPR’s International Desk in January,” wrote Shapiro in an email.
The evening event will begin at 7 p.m. in The Grand Theatre at the South City Campus located at 1575 S. State St. and will be hosted by KUER Radio’s Doug Fabrizio.
This event is also free of charge, but those wishing to attend will need to register for the event and pick up tickets at The Grand Theatre’s box office prior to the event.
Shapiro’s career at NPR began in 2003. In 2010, he became the company’s first reporter promoted to the position of correspondent before the age of 30. He has served as NPR’s White House correspondent since 2010 and spent the 2012 election season covering Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign.
On Aug. 27, it was reported that Shapiro would leave his position of White House Correspondent and become the channel’s London correspondent in January 2014.
“We decided to bring Ari as a Speaker’s Bureau guest because he had just come off the 2012 campaign trail where he provided leading coverage of the Mitt Romney campaign for NPR. He was also launching a public speaking career, and that, coupled with his engaging, popular NPR persona, essentially made the decision a no-brainer for the Arts and Cultural Events board. He is an up and coming public figure,” says Raina Dalby, ACE coordinator.
Remember to bring a lunch with you to the Oak Room, where you’ll hear “The Stories You Won’t Hear On The Radio” and, if we’re lucky enough, maybe we’ll hear Mr. Shapiro, who moonlights as an occasional guest singer for Pink Martini Band, serenade us with a few tunes.