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

VMI enrollment plummets after two years of turmoil and division

The nation’s oldest state-supported military college sees 25 percent drop in number of freshmen, triggering alarrm.

September 21, 2022

A CIA spy pursued bin Laden after 9/11. Now he’s being mourned as a legend.

Gary Schroen’s death came after decades of service to the CIA, including being one of the first Americans into Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001

September 9, 2022

VMI’s male cadets were berating her. The 1997 Hell Week photo went viral.

The photo of Megan Smith, one of Virginia Military Institute’s first female freshmen, captured the school’s struggle to accept women into its ranks 25 years ago.

August 18, 2022

In clash over VMI’s future, Youngkin appoints conservatives to board

The picks by Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) were applauded by alumni resisting change at Virginia Military Institute, which has been mired in allegations of racism and sexism.

July 2, 2022

On its 100th birthday, the Lincoln Memorial still beckons a nation divided

One ordinary, epic day at Washington’s most visited monument

May 29, 2022

    What we know about the victims of the school shooting in Texas

    The names of those killed by a gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Tex., on Tuesday were only beginning to emerge in the hours afterward. Here is what we know so far about the victims of the attack.

    May 26, 2022

    For five years, they were co-teachers. Then they were gunned down.

    Irma Garcia and Eva Mireles, veteran teachers at Robb Elementary, were shot and killed alongside their students.

    May 25, 2022

    Outside the Supreme Court, a life of purpose and pain ends in flames

    Wynn Bruce, whose life was shaped by a devastating car accident and Buddhism, set himself on fire on Earth Day in what his father and others believe was a protest against climate change.

    April 26, 2022

    The hours of a fearful lockdown at Edmund Burke school

    When a gunman’s bullets struck the school Friday afternoon, students barricaded doors, held hands and waited.

    April 23, 2022