Ben Shapiro Bio and Positions

Education

B.A. in Political Science from UCLA; J.D. Harvard University

Notable Debates

Ben Shapiro vs Cenk Uygur at Politicon in 2017, moderated by Steve Olikara. 

Ben Shapiro vs Bill Maher on Real Time with Bill Maher (2018) 

As one might have guessed from the kippah, Ben Shapiro grew up in what was originally a Conservative Jewish home only to later transition to Orthodox Judaism. This greatly influenced his temperament, education, and political viewpoints later in life. While attending an Orthodox high school he developed into a concert level Violinist, a hobby he still pursues today. After high school, Ben attended and, gradated from, UCLA in 2004, with a B.A. in political science at the age of 20. After which he moved to Boston where he graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2007.

Simultaneously Ben was, with the help of his father who found him platforms to publish his work, a frequent contributor to the University newspaper (where he rebutted the perceived liberal bias developing on campus) and local papers and syndicates. Through this work he found a publisher who gave him the open offer of publishing a book when he had a book to publish. Ben, then only 20, decided “if I have an offer to write a book, then I’m going to write a book.”

He would then publish “Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth” at the age of 20. Four years later he married med school student, and now family medical physician, Dr. Mor Toledano who is NOT Dr. Nina Shapiro who is also an L.A. based medical doctor (see below).

Ben Shapiro Education

Many people are interested in Ben Shapiro’s education and what his credentials are. Given he’s made a wide variety of claims We’ll give what we deem to be important but feel free to contact us if we’ve ommitted any relevant details of Mr. Shapiro’s education. Alright, so Ben attended Walter Reed Middle School located at 4525 Irvine Avenue Studio City, CA, 91602. Close to the studios where his mother worked, he attended from 1993-1997. A year after he left, a student brought a kitchen knife to a Fun Day event and seriously injured another student. We display the address of the middle school and this story for a sociological reason: while he has made claims of being bullied, it’s not enitrely clear how prevalent or how dire the situation was. We’ll update this section if more information about Walter Reed Middle School during that time period emerges (please let us know) but in the meantime, let’s move on to highschool. 

After having skipped third grade already, Ben then skipped ninth grade leaving him as a 12 year old entering high school at Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles (also known as YULA). We’ll be consistent and put the address of YULA which is located at 9760 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035. He graduated at 16 and then went on to UCLA which is where the controversy begins. 

At UCLA we’re unable to find a record of him being enrolled in anything related to medical genetics but, in fairness to Ben, major declarations seldom matter at the age of 18 (let alone the age of 16, which he was). Needless to say, the subsequent facts are not in dispute as Ben would go on to major and graduate with honors, with a major in Political Science from UCLA. He would then attend Harvard Law school where he would graduate three years later and work as an attorney for a period of a few months ultimately realizing he hated law. By then his writing career had taken off and the die was cast. 

As a Writer, Columnist and Public Intellectual 

Ben got his first big break in 2012 when he  joined the TV station KRLA-AM 870 as a host on their morning radio program with co-hosts Heidi Harris and Brian Whitman. Things really opened up for him when, in 2016, he became one of the hosts for KRLA’s show: The Morning Answer (a conservative leaning radio show). Internal emails would reveal that his positions on Trump, of whom he was highly critical, caused him to face pressure from network executives. 

After this incident Shapiro elected to found his own digital news outlet: The Daily Wire. The Sherman Oaks based network immediately found their audience and has emerged as a leading voice of conservative opinion. Shapiro seized on his amplified public profile (for good reason) and has welcomed debates from other leading public intellectuals as well as those on the left.

A controversial figure, for reasons that remain unclear, Shapiro rose to national prominence after he was not allowed to give a talk at UCLA who invited him to speak (he later rescheduled his talk hours later to a venue blocks away).

Ben Shapiro Popular Quotes

  • “When someone calls you a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe because you happen to disagree with them about tax policy or same-sex marriage or abortion, that’s bullying. When someone slanders you because you happen to disagree with them about global warming or the government shutdown, that’s bullying. When someone labels you a bad human being because they disagree with you, they are bullying you. They are attacking your character without justification. That’s nasty. In fact, it makes them nasty.”
  • “Facts don’t care about your feelings.”
  • “The Constitution designed the separation of church and state to prevent people from imposing their particular religions on others, not to stop people from allowing their religious beliefs to influence their views on public policy.

Selected Positions

Below is a list of views held by Ben Shapiro on a variety of relevant issues and people, as well as some of his most famous debates. Remember if we have misrepresented Ben in any possible way, please drop us a note as soon as you see the error.

Ben Shapiro Debates

Perhaps more known for his debates then his books (or perhaps even more than his speeches), Mr. Shapiro has been a prolific debater and perhaps owes his debate with Piers Morgan on gun control, as one of the key moments that made Ben Shapiro famous. In any case, we’ve compiled a few of his prominent debates here and provided some commentary on the outcome. 

Who are his fans?  

Given the fact he’s predominantly commenting on issues regarding the United States, it shouldn’t be a surprise that a disproportionate number of his fans are in the United States (particularly California and the Midwest stretching to New York). However he has amassed a respectable worldwide audience that most pundits would dream of with a strong (and loyal) fan base in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. If you are unable to view the graph, try viewing on a mobile device or shrinking the size of your browser. 

 

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