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 stories chronicling systemic racism in 2020 at the Virginia Military Institute won a George Polk award and the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting. The articles prompted an independent investigation into the school ordered by the governor, the resignation of the college's longtime superintendent, the appointment of VMI's first Black leader, and the removal of the campus’s 108-year-old statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson. In 2012, his discovery of archival documents about a Renoir painting up for auction led to its seizure by the FBI and the revelation it had been stolen decades earlier from the Baltimore Museum of Art. His essay on life in the first month of the coronavirus pandemic appeared as part of The Sewanee Review’s series, “The Corona Correspondences.” Shapira is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He now lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two daughters.