Ian Shapira

Washington, D.C.

Enterprise reporter covering the Washington region and beyond

Education: Princeton University, AB in English, 2000; American University, MA in journalism, 2011; Warren Wilson College, MFA in creative writing (fiction), 2020

Ian Shapira joined The Washington Post in 2000 as a summer reporting intern in the Style section. He is now a member of the Metro section’s enterprise team where he writes about social justice issues and the military and intelligence communities. He has taken a special interest in writing about CIA officers who've been killed in the line of duty and honored with stars on the agency's Memorial Wall. His articles on the Virginia Tech and Navy Yard shootings were included in the Post's entries that won the Pulitzer Prize and that were named as a finalist in the breaking news category. His storie
Latest from Ian Shapira

Spencer, Kessler, Cantwell and other white supremacists found liable in deadly Unite the Right rally

The federal jury in Charlottesville awarded a total of $26 million in damages against the 12 individual defendants and five white nationalist organizations on trial.

November 23, 2021

At VMI, Northam urges cadets to embrace change a year after ordering racism probe

Virginia’s governor defended the push to make VMI more inclusive, despite anger among students and alumni at the role he's played at his alma mater.

November 16, 2021

Northam heads to hostile terrain — VMI — to speak to 1,700 cadets

The speech by Virginia’s governor, who ordered an investigation into racism at his alma mater, comes amid fears that his GOP successor won’t champion reform at VMI.

November 14, 2021

The accused spy knew stealth was crucial from his work on submarines. He surfaced anyway.

Jonathan Toebbe and his wife Diana could face life in prison on charges that they tried to sell secrets about the Navy's most advanced nuclear submarines. Who were the Annapolis couple before their arrest?

October 20, 2021

On eve of huge Supreme Court term, a prayer from on high

Annual Red Mass at Catholic church in D.C. includes plea for justice, fraternity and mercy.

October 3, 2021

Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond to be removed Wednesday

As for the enormous, 40-foot granite pedestal, the state will keep it in place for now.

September 6, 2021

    Man arrested in Friday homicide in Montgomery County

    Gary Wayne Savage, 58, was charged with first-degree murder in Germantown man’s fatal shooting.

    September 6, 2021

    Three brothers went to war in Afghanistan. Only one returned.

    The Taliban takeover has been a ‘gut punch’ for Beau Wise, the only brother to serve in Afghanistan and survive.

    August 20, 2021

    Amid calls to defund VMI, superintendent calls alleged attacks on female cadets ‘unacceptable’

    Cedric Wins responded to a Washington Post story about sex assaults and misogyny at Virginia Military Institute that prompted demands for the state to defund the school.

    July 13, 2021

    Derision, misogyny, sexual assault: VMI women face attacks on campus and online

    Women at Virginia Military Institute describe an atmosphere of hostility and an expectation of backlash from male cadets if they report being groped or raped.

    July 12, 2021