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

LA gun buyback day comes a week after Isla Vista shooting

Under the buyback program, anyone can show up with any type of gun and will be able to turn the firearm in, no questions asked, in exchange for a grocery store gift card.

Bryan Stow: Opening statements made in beating victim's case vs. Dodgers

Opening statements have been made in the civil lawsuit against the Dodgers by the family of Bryan Stow. He suffered permanent brain damage after a beating at the stadium.

Isla Vista Massacre: Did sheriff's deputies miss their chance to stop Rodger?

Law enforcement officials can determine whether a person is eligible for a "5150 hold" but face many challenges.

LA County Metro votes to hike bus, train fares despite protests

Opponents say the hike will hurt the poor who depend on the transit system. Metro says the increase will help close a budget shortfall.

California woman found 10 years after kidnapping

A woman who was 15 when she disappeared 10 years ago from her California home has contacted police and says she was held against her will for years.

A bus and train fare increase may be coming down the line

Fares could rise 25 cents by fall with future increases in 2017 and 2020. Some board members look to soften the blow to poor riders.

California's unemployment rate dips below 8 percent for first time in six years

California add 56,100 jobs in April, accounting for 19.5% of all jobs added in the U.S. for the month.

FBI busts check passing ring that targeted Korean Americans

Federal agents say $15 million was lost in the scheme; 12 people have been arrested and three others are being sought.

West LA VA hospital awaits word on audit

One veterans group says wait times are long in southern California, but that, unlike what allegedly happened in Phoenix, no one is 'dying in line.'

LA County wants to boost sign ups for food assistance

Hundreds of thousands of people who qualify for food assistance don't apply. County officials set up a mobile unit in a parking lot in Pacoima to reach some of them.

Shuttle bus service to view of Hollywood sign begins

A new shuttle bus service starts rolling this weekend to bring people to a picture perfect view of the Hollywood sign. It's the must-have photo stop for anyone visiting L.A.

Etiwanda Fire grows to 1K acres near Rancho Cucamonga, evacs lifted

Officials at the San Bernardino National Forest say mandatory evacuations have been lifted for residents near the burn area. The fire continues to spread.

Catholics celebrate canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII

The L.A. Archdiocese is marking the historic canonization with a special ceremony at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. It is also welcoming visitors to a new exhibit honoring the soon-to-be Saints.

Clergy sex abuse victims decry sainthood for Pope John Paul II

Some victims accuse the pontiff of ignoring the scandal while he was leader of the Catholic Church. A spokesman for the L.A. Archdiocese says the pope's entire record should be taken into consideration.

Former Bell city leader Robert Rizzo sentenced to 12 years

Judge Kathleen Kennedy told Robert Rizzo, "It's good to say you're sorry. But it doesn’t change the fact you did some very bad things for a very long time."