Shirley Jahad Reporter and Host, Weekend Edition
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
You can get an upclose view of some of the magnificent floats in the Rose Parade.
Violence in Mexico is hitting close to home for school children in El Monte.
(Audio: KPCC's Brian Watt is in the midst of some of marching bands as they warm up for the 121st Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.)
The 121st Tournament of Roses Parade is set to start in less than an hour. (Audio: KPCC's Brian Watt talks to Shirley Jahad. He's on Del Mar Boulevard, in Pasadena near the 134 and 210 freeways where he can see some of the bands getting off their tour buses.)
This year has been a block buster for all of Hollywood. Studios broke all records in movie ticket sales. They drew more than 10 billion dollars. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talked about it with Alex Ben Block, contributing editor at the Hollywood Reporter.
Christmas is always a big season for Hollywood. But over the weekend, Hollywood soared to new heights. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talked with Alex Ben Block, contributing editor at the Hollywood Reporter, about the record-breaking weekend at the box office.
Its a winter wonderland in Washington DC. If you are flying east to meet friends or family this holiday week, you will want to call the airline ahead of time to check for delays. As much as two feet of snow has fallen in some areas. Most of the nation's capitol is shut down because of the snow. But US Senators are working all night on health care reform. Click the tab to hear KPCC's Shirley Jahad talk with Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde about what is happening in DC.
The space fantasy ‘Avatar’ orbits near record territory at the box office. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.
A fairytale with a twist gets a kiss from the box office and rises to number one.
While most government workers are facing layoffs and furlough days, LA Department of Water and Power workers have just won raises.
Environmental activists are abuzz about the selection of electric vehicles at the LA Auto show. (Audio: KPCC’s Shirley Jahad spoke with Paul Scott, a founder and vice president of the environmental group, Plug In America.)
An underdog hit scores the top of the box office this weekend.
About 100 Cal State L.A. students rallied outside Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office in downtown Los Angeles today to protest state budget cuts to higher education.
Doomsday film 2012 is bringing life to the box office.
The new leg of the Metro gold line is open starting today. Celebrations are getting underway today at four of the new stops, including Union Station, Little Tokyo, Mariachi Plaza, and East L.A. Civic Center. (Audio: KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talks with KPCC’s Patricia Nazario at Mariachi Plaza just before festivities get underway this morning.)