Shirley Jahad Reporter and Host, Weekend Edition
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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
The family of a 16-year-old boy seeks to file a wrongful death lawsuit after sheriff's deputies in Compton shot and killed the teenager during the weekend. More on the story from KPCC's Shirley Jahad.
L.A. County’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering how to make public transit friendlier to bicycle commuters. The agency may lift its rush hour ban of bikes on trains.
The summertime outdoor concert season is underway. The Levitt Pavilions in Pasadena and MacArthur Park offer free open-air concerts all summer long. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad tells us all you need is a lawn chair and a picnic basket to enjoy the sounds of summer.
A federal judge is throwing out the conviction against a Missouri woman accused of cyberbullying. The teenage girl targeted incident committed suicide. Shirley Jahad has more.
A federal judge has aquitted a Missouri mother for her role in a cyberbullying hoax against a 13 year old girl. The teenager later committed suicide.
California is running out of cash and will start issuing IOU’s to pay its bills tomorrow. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talked with Hallye Jordan, a spokeswoman at the State Controller’s office, to sort out who will get paid now and who will get paid later. A last minute temporary save from the federal government means the disabled and elderly will be receiving their checks for now.
The state of California will distribute IOUs tomorrow to pay some of its bills. There’s some confusion about who will get cash &ndash and who will get the IOUs. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad says the state controller has some answers.
For the first time, Los Angeles has dedicated a street to an Iranian-American. A stretch of historic Broadway theater district near downtown L.A. is named after Ezat Delijani, the man who owns and is restoring several movie palaces. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has the story:
The L.A. City Council is expected to vote today on an employee concession plan – one that might help to avoid layoffs. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.
Local and federal officials today announced indictments against two-dozen leaders and members of the notorious MS 13 street gang. One of the men in custody headed up a non-profit group that was supposed to fight gangs.
Los Angeles police and the FBI yesterday announced indictments against two-dozen alleged leaders and associates of the notorious MS 13 street gang. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad reports there are alarming aspects to the case.
California Congresswoman House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she hopes the US House can pass a health care overhaul plan before lawmakers go on vacation in August. But California Senator Dianne Feinstein has some big questions. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.
Iranian American students staged a demonstration at the federal building in West LA yesterday against the election results in Iran.
Iranian-Americans are lined up at locations in Los Angeles, Irvine, and Ontario to cast ballots in today’s presidential election in Iran. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad says the debate over whether to participate or sit out the election swirled around the polling site at the Westin Hotel at L.A. International Airport.
Iranian-Americans are eligible to vote in Iran’s presidential election today. That means several hundred thousand people in Southern California could cast ballots. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad reports that Persians are debating whether to boycott the few available polling places in the Southland.