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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

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.

Haitian restaurant in Echo Park becomes meeting place for quake relief effort

One of the central meeting places for Haitians in Los Angeles is a little restaurant in Echo Park. People have been gathering there to talk about the earthquake devastation in Haiti - and what they might be able to do to help.

Dissapointment over Prop 8 case YouTube stream delay

A federal court in San Francisco has been hearing the pivotal case on whether California’s ban against gay and lesbian couples getting married is legal under the U.S. Constitution. Yesterday lawyers for and against Proposition 8 began with opening statements. But if you wanted to watch the proceedings unfold live, you would be disappointed. The U.S. Supreme Court at the last minute ordered all cameras off. Several people had come to the federal courthouse in Pasadena to watch the proceedings live on closed circuit television. (Audio: KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talked with Lynette Sperber there. She is with P-FLAG. That’s Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.)

US Supreme Court delays YouTube stream of Prop 8 trial

The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked a YouTube broadcast of the trial of California's same-sex marriage ban, at least for the first couple of days. (Audio: KPCC's Shirley Jahad is at the federal courthouse in Pasadena with the latest developments on the high court decision.)

Governor Schwarzenegger signs Race to the Top education reform

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed the bill that brings major changes to public schools in California. Advocates say it gives more power to parents. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad was at Bethune Middle School in South L.A. for the event.

Thousands gather in El Monte to remember school board member killed in Mexico

Several thousand people turned out for a vigil last night to remember 33-year-old Bobby Salcedo, the El Monte school board member gunned down last week while visiting Mexico with his wife. KPCCs Shirley Jahad was at the football field at Mountain View High School.