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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

Electric cars rolling into showrooms soon cheaper than expected

The electric car has turned a corner. For the first time, a mass market electric car went on sale in Japan. It is the all electric family car, the i-MiEV from Mitsubishi.

Photo exhibit documents poverty in Armenia

Poverty in Armenia has been on the rise in recent years. A report from the World Bank last year says 28 percent of the people in Armenia live below the poverty level. Southland photographer Sara Anjargolian spent several weeks on the outskirts of the capital city Yerevan documenting the lives of those families living in the shadows and rarely seen. Her photos are compiled in her new book, “How We Live: Life on the Margins in Armenia.” The images are on display at Casitas Studios in Atwater Village. (Audio: KPCC’s Shirley Jahad spoke with Anjargolian there about the stories of families in poverty in Armenia.)

Maria Shriver on her WEConnect campaign and her role as California's First Lady

A big event at the Forum in Inglewood this weekend is aimed at helping struggling families with resources to help make ends meet in the down economy. There will be foreclosure assistance … help with job searches and resume writing … free tax preparation and bags of fruit for families.

Free health clinic coming to the LA Sports Arena

An international relief agency is coming back to Los Angeles Sports Arena next month to provide health care for anyone who needs help.

LA family awaits return of mother legal scholars say wrongly convicted decades ago

A family is still awaiting the return of their mother after more than two decades apart from her. Legal scholars say she was wrongly convicted of arson and murder. She served 23 years in prison and won parole. But she still is not free. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.

Aftermath of Chelsea King killing: Advocates push for self-defense training

Thirty-year-old John Albert Gardner is a repeat sex offender accused in the death of 17-year-old Chelsea King. The high school honors student from San Diego County went for a jog in a park near her house last month and never came back. Police found her body in a shallow grave. Gardner is accused of attacking and killing other teenage girls as well. Chelsea King’s parents are calling for stricter laws to prevent repeat offenders from striking again. But Jessica’s Law, Megan’s Law and Amber alerts are already on the books, named for other young crime victims. Some advocates of self-defense training say another approach is needed as well. They want more women and girls empowered with training to respond in violent situations.

Downtown LA's historic little rail line Angels Flight takes off again

A little piece of L.A. history reopens today. Angels Flight starts trekking people up and down a downtown L.A. hillside once again.

LAPD apologizes for displaying clothes Robert F. Kennedy wore when assassinated

The Los Angeles Police Department is apologizing to the Kennedy family for displaying the clothes Robert F. Kennedy wore when he was assassinated.

California is selling off state office buildings

California is selling prime property to help close the state budget gap. The “For Sale” sign is up on several buildings - including the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown Los Angeles.

LA County develops electronic notification system to respond to child abuse cases

LA County has developed a system to help respond more quickly to allegations of child abuse. The electronic reporting system immediately notifies law enforcement agencies and social workers about suspected abuse.

La Canada resident describes mudslide damage

Pat Markgraf's home in La Canada Flintridge was among the homes that were seriously damaged in a mudslide on Saturday.

Job growth for Southland may be in green sector

Unemployment is lingering up at about 12.5 percent percent in California. In some communities of Southern California, the jobless rate is much higher. Elected officials have said the green tech sector is the place to till for new job growth. A green tech conference gets underway Monday in Los Angeles that deals in part with jobs.

Evacuations lifted for many residents in foothills threatened by mudslides

Families in the foothills are relieved no major mudslides have come following the series of storms battering the area.

Martin Luther King Jr. on the Mike Douglas show in 1967

Martin Luther King Jr. brought his antiwar message to the popular Mike Douglas talk show in 1967.

Echo Park Haitian restaurant packed with people wanting to give to quake relief

People from around the Southland packed an Echo Park restaurant last night to raise money and talk about ways to get aid to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.