Benjamin Aaron Shapiro (born January 15, 1984) is an American conservative political commentator, columnist, author, radio talk show host, and lawyer. A native of Los Angeles, Shapiro graduated from Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles at age 16, after skipping two grades.
At age 17, while a student at UCLA, Ben Shapiro became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the United States, which under California law required his parents to sign the contract. By age 21, he had written two books, Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth and Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future.
He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004, at age 20, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, and then cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2007. He then practiced law at Goodwin Procter.
His third book, Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House, was published by Thomas Nelson in 2008.
In 2011, HarperCollins published Shapiro's fourth book, Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV, in which Shapiro argues that Hollywood has a left-wing agenda which it actively promotes through prime-time entertainment programming. In the book, the producers of Happy Days and M*A*S*H admit they pursued a pro-pacifist, anti-Vietnam agenda in those series. The same year Primetime Propaganda came out, Shapiro became a fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
Shapiro founded The Daily Wire in September 21, 2015. He is editor-in-chief as well as a host of his political online podcast The Ben Shapiro Show every weekday. As of August 8, 2017, Shapiro's podcast was the second most popular iTunes podcast in the United States, behind only Oprah Winfrey's and ran the independent legal consultancy firm, Benjamin Shapiro Legal Consulting, in Los Angeles.
- "Jesus was not a big government Marxist. Pick up a Bible sometime." Ben Shapiro