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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

Doomsday saga brings life to the box office

Doomsday film 2012 is bringing life to the box office.

Free rides today: Metro Gold Line East Side extension opens

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.)

Get a free ride: Metro Gold Line through East LA opens this weekend

Los Angeles public transit riders have a new route next week. The Metro Gold Line Eastside Extention opens this weekend.

Photo gallery - 20th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

Patt Morrison went to Berlin when the wall fell. Check out her photo gallery and our related stories and photos commemorating that moment 20 years ago today. (Audio: Shirley Jahad speaks with Justinian Jampol, founder and executive editor of the Wende Museum, about their Berlin Wall project.)

Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' tops box office charts

The posthumous Michael Jackson movie “This is It” topped the charts this weekend. It's number one at the box office.

LA Mayor Villaraigosa may name a new police chief Monday

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa this afternoon is giving second interviews to the three finalists for the job as LA's police chief.

Girl dies in shooting after high school football game in Long Beach

A 16 year old girl in Long Beach has died after being shot following a high school football game. The shooting started about 10 o'clock last night outside Wilson High School near Ximeno Avenue between East Seventh and 10th streets. An 18 year old and a 20 year old man were shot and wounded. Police haven't found the shooters. Wilson lost the game against Long Beach Poly.

CA stem cell institute gives $200M in research grants

California’s Institute for Regeneratiave Medicine Wednesday awarded more than $200 million in research grants. Officials with the agency targeted research projects that could yield potential treatments for chronic and deadly diseases within the next four years.

Dancing toward a Thriller world record at LA Live

Thousands of people gathered together outside at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles this weekend to dance. They were trying to set the world record -- for the most people doing the Michael Jackson Thriller dance at one time. Organizers of “Thrill the World” say people were doing the same dance at the same time in more than a dozen countries across the globe. No official word yet whether dancers in Los Angeles and around the globe set a world record. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talked with some people dressed in goulish zombie costumes who got into the dance, the community and setting the record. You can click on the audio to hear the whole story.

New fund helps students pay UC tuition while fees rise

The University of California is launching a fundraising drive to help middle-class students pay for college. The system’s president announced the campaign today.

A big deal: approval expected for $1.1 billion plan to renovate LAX

The LA Airport Commission is set to vote on a huge deal to expand the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX.

Unemployment over 12 percent in LA County

The Dow is up but jobs are still way down. Unemployment in L.A. County is over 12 percent. New numbers are expected Friday. A top local economist talks about the outlook for jobs.

Mudslides avoided in foothills north of Los Angeles as rains pass

Homeowners in the foothills north of Los Angeles expressed relief Wednesday. Many worked for several days to protect their homes from possible mudslides. The rains passed. The hillsides stayed put. They hope they get more uneventful days after the next rainfalls, but many are expressing doubts.

Millions participate in California earthquake drill

Alarms rang throughout California at 10:15 Thursday morning for a statewide earthquake safety drill, the Great California ShakeOut.

Still no water deal flowing while clock ticks on governor's threat

No water deal on tap out of Sacramento so far. Governor Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers are meeting again today.