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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

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.

3D movie 'Avatar' soars to a new dimension

The 3D hit movie 'Avatar' is reaching new heights and new dimensions. It has soared passed the billion dollar mark in worldwide box office sales.

Palindrome day: Jan. 2, 2010 gives numbers lovers alot to celebrate

Number and puzzle lovers have something to celebrate this day.

Get up close views of Rose Parade floats

You can get an upclose view of some of the magnificent floats in the Rose Parade.

Violence in Mexico hits close to home for El Monte school children

Violence in Mexico is hitting close to home for school children in El Monte.

Rose Parade: Battle of the bands

(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.)

Rose Parade bands getting ready for showtime

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.)

2009, year of Hollywood records

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 weekend box office record

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.

Snowed in Senate to burn midnight oil to pass health care reform

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.

‘Avatar’ orbits near record territory at the box office

The space fantasy ‘Avatar’ orbits near record territory at the box office. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.