Shirley Jahad Reporter and Host, Weekend Edition

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Shirley Jahad serves as reporter, weekend anchor and host at KPCC: Southern California Public Radio.

An award winning journalist, radio correspondent and news anchor, her work as an anchor and reporter has been honored by the LA Press Club and the Associated Press among other outlets.

Jahad is also a recognized documentary producer, winning the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the National Associated Press Award and others for her work. She traveled to Iran, her parents’ home country, to produce the award-winning documentary, "Dreaming in Farsi." Most recently Shirley has been named a fellow by the International Center for Journalists.

She has also written television documentary stories, including one for the History Channel on the life of Fidel Castro.

Before coming to Los Angeles, Jahad spent many years as a journalist in Chicago. She worked at WBEZ-FM, Chicago Public Radio as a correspondent, anchor, documentary producer, and news executive. She also worked at WTTW, Chicago Public Television as a regular correspondent for the acclaimed program, "Chicago Tonight."

Jahad graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

In her spare time, she dabbles in tap dancing, jewelry making and karate kicking.


Stories by Shirley Jahad

CalArts students protest handling of rape cases

Students at the California Institute of the Arts said the school is mishandling sex assault allegations. They will begin offering their own support to victims.

Live Nation, Nederlander/AEG battle for Greek to continue

The L.A. Parks Dept. decided to hold off for at least two weeks before voting on which concert venue operator should win the contract for L.A.'s iconic Greek Theatre.

Treasury steps in to cut fashion district drug money laundering

Federal officials are cracking down to try and curb money laundering in Los Angeles's fashion district after a big bust last month.

Survey finds many LA veterans earning poverty wages

A new wide-ranging report found a quarter veterans in L.A. are unemployed. Among those with jobs, USC researchers said, many work for meager wages.

LA examining system where people can text to 9-1-1

Advocates say allowing texting to 9-1-1 would assist the deaf community as well as people unable to speak during an emergency.

Ezell Ford's family files civil rights lawsuit against LAPD

The lawsuit says Ford complied with officers' orders to lie down, but police still 'intentionally or negligently' shot him multiple times.

California temperatures hottest, driest in 120 years

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thursday confirmed California has had the hottest year since they started keeping records 120 years ago, in 1895.

Get out your yardsticks — new law requires 3-foot bike buffer

California's three-foot requirement replaces previous rules backers say were vague about what a "safe" distance is for passing cyclists.

First Person: Valerie Watson turns curbs into parks

Turning what once was a space for two cars to park into a parklet where people can "hang out and enjoy the street life of downtown Los Angeles."

60 Freeway closure: All lanes reopen after fatal crash in South El Monte

All lanes have been reopened on the 60 Freeway in South El Monte after a deadly, chain reaction wreck closed the freeway through Thursday morning's rush hour.

Donation meters collect funds for the homeless in Pasadena

The Foothill city is installing 10 repurposed parking meters that take coins and credit cards. Proceeds will be distributed by the United Way to local homeless groups.

Nixon Library visitors reflect on resignation's 40th anniversary

President Richard Nixon resigned from office 40 years ago this weekend. Lots of people visiting the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda on Friday shared their remembrances.

Pico Rivera shooting: Deputy's bullets killed innocent man, sheriff says

L.A. County Interim Sheriff John Scott announced an autopsy confirms it was a deputy's bullets that left 54-year-old grandfather Frank Mendoza dead in the doorway of his Pico Rivera home.

USC holds memorial for murdered Chinese graduate student

About 300 people came to USC for a memorial service Friday honoring the Chinese graduate student murdered off campus last week.

New audit points out cracks in LA street repair plan

L.A.'s city controller issues an audit that concludes the agency responsible for filling potholes hasn't kept track of the work it does.