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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

Sweet taste of fall pie eating & baking contest in Malibu

A sweet old fashioned pie eating contest was held Saturday in Malibu. KPCC’s Patricia Nazario had the tasty job of judging the pies. She talks with KPCC's Shirley Jahad from the pie fest at the Malibu Country Mart on Cross Creek road just off PCH.

Pakistan army headquarters overun by gunmen

Gunmen have taken over Pakistan's army headquarters.

High unemployment deepens state budget hole

Unemployment is hitting a lot of people in California really hard at home, and it is aparently hitting the state coffers hard as well.

Governor Schwarzenegger optimistic about water deal

Governor Schwarzenegger says he’s optimistic that lawmakers will reach a deal soon on a plan to overhaul California’s aging water system. Governor Schwarzenegger has threatened to veto hundreds of bills if there isn't a deal by Sunday. KPCC's Shirley Jahad spoke with State Capitol Reporter Julie Small about the latest developments.

Orange County Fairgrounds up for sale to highest bidder

The Orange County Fairgrounds is up for sale to the highest bidder. The auction of the state-owned property begins today. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.

UCLA student stabbed in chemistry lab

A female UCLA student was stabbed several times this afternoon in a chemistry lab.

Copenhagen and the 2016 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee is voting in Copenhagen on who will host the 2016 summer games. Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, and Tokyo were the finalists. In the first round of voting, three nations made it through: Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro -- Chicago was eliminated. Tokyo was knocked out in the second round of voting.

Another sunny weekend for 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs'

The Sony 3-D animated film “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is number one at the box office, earning $25 million, for a second straight weekend. It earned some $60 million in estimated ticket sales over nine days.

Medical mistakes kill 100,000 people a year

While the health care reform debate rages, advocates of patient safety have been pushing for changes to cut the number of medical errors in hospitals.

LA Convention Center set up to save families facing foreclosure

Families on the brink of foreclosure are getting fast help for free at the LA Convention Center. The non profit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America set up shop there and brought together hundreds of counselors and bankers under one roof to address home owners concerns face-to-face and lower loans on the spot. Organizers call it the Save the Dream Tour.

Mortgage/foreclosure clinic in downtown LA accepts all comers

Thousands of homeowners who need help to pay their mortgages are finding it at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The nonprofit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America has filled an exhibit hall with financial counselors and bank representatives to help families reduce their monthly payments. The organization hosts the five-day event as part of its “Save the Dream Tour.” Many families at the Convention Center said they were able to reduce their mortgage payments by hundreds of dollars a month. The event continues from 9 in the morning until 8 at night through Monday. Walk-ins are welcome. Katina Fields with the Neighborhood Assistance Corp of America spoke with KPCC’s Shirley Jahad.

Thousands come to LA Convention Center to get mortgage help

Thousands of people struggling to pay the bills are getting help with their mortgage payments at the L.A. Convention Center. A nonprofit, the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, set up shop in an exhibit hall. They brought in banks and counselors to help people negotiate lower rates on 30-year fixed mortgages. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talked with one woman who traveled all the way from Atlanta.

City Council wants more answers on water main breaks

L.A. Department of Water and Power officials don’t have many answers yet about the recent string of water main breaks. They told the L.A. City Council Wednesday they’re studying the problem. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad says that that didn’t go over well with one councilmember.

LA County sheriff's deputies shoot, kill 3 in separate incidents

L.A. County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed three people in three separate incidents this weekend. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad tells us more.

'Cloudy' brings sunshine to box office

Families ran for cover this weekend to get a few laughs at an animated comedy. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” broke through to the top of the box office. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.