NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro to Make First Post-Election Appearance at UC Riverside November 12

Veteran reporter will talk about his experience covering the Mitt Romney campaign in a free lecture co-sponsored by UC Riverside Presents and KVCR-FM

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NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro will speak at UC Riverside on Monday, November 12 at 7 p.m. in the Highlander Union Building (HUB) room 302. Photo courtesy of NPR

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu)  — For the better part of the last year, National Public Radio White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro has been traveling the country with the Mitt Romney campaign. On November 12, 2012, Shapiro will share stories from the historic campaign in his first post-election speaking appearance at the University of California, Riverside as part of the UC Riverside Presents series.

Co-sponsored by UC Riverside and KVCR-91.9 FM, the event begins at 7 p.m. in the Highlander Union Building (HUB), room 302. It is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in Parking Lot 1 for $5 for non-permit holders.

“After telling the story of this marathon election nearly every day for the last year, I’m excited to take a step back and offer the 10,000 foot view of what exactly happened in this cliffhanger of a presidential race,” Shapiro said in an email.

Todd Wingate, director of the Highlander Union Building, said that he was excited to have a journalist of the caliber of Shapiro appear at UCR.

“We believe that the students and community will find his inside view of the campaign to be fascinating,” Wingate said.

The appearance will also double as a fundraiser for the radio station as KVCR will host a private meet & greet with Shapiro after the show for listeners who contribute $75 per person. They will also receive preferred seating, a parking pass and a KVCR calendar.

Shapiro’s appearance will mark the second time this year that UCR and KVCR have come together to host an event on campus. In February the quiz show “Says You” taped two episodes in University Theater in front of a sold-out audience.

KVCR Radio Program Director Rick Dulock and Wingate both agreed that the longstanding positive relationship between the station and the university continues to evolve and grow.

“UCR and KVCR have worked on projects together for many years,” Wingate said. “Many of KVCR’s listeners are members of the UCR community. Working together allows us one more opportunity to reach them as well as other members of the community.”

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KVCR 91.9 FM is the National Public Radio (NPR) station for the Inland Empire.

“I believe that our two institutions and the people we serve share values and find common ground in lifelong learning and community service.,” Dulock said. “For as long as I can remember, the university has provided a great deal of KVCR support through the generosity of faculty, staff and students and a strong commitment from UCR in underwriting support.”

Dulock, who is also the local host of KVCR’s All Things Considered afternoon news show, said he is looking forward to hearing Shapiro’s stories from the campaign trail, particularly in regard to their preparation for the recent debates.

“My imagination tells me that the weeks approaching debate season would resemble the end of a long semester in college with sessions of cramming for exams,” he said. “I want to know what really happens.”

Shapiro graduated magna cum laude from Yale with a bachelor’s degree in English in 2000.

He joined NPR in 2001 as an intern to Nina Totenberg and after stops in Atlanta and Miami, became NPR’s justice correspondent in 2005. He began covering the White House in 2010 and was assigned to cover the Romney Campaign in 2011.

In addition to his reporting duties for NPR, Shapiro is also a singer who makes guest appearances with Pink Martini, the jazz/pop/classical orchestra from his hometown of Portland. Shapiro was a fan of the group as a teenager and met the band when he did a story about them. In 2009 he was invited to perform with the band in front of a packed house at the Hollywood Bowl and has since recorded songs on two Pink Martini albums and added several more live appearances. During his visit to Southern California, Shapiro will be making a new recording with the band.

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