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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

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.

TA describes what happened when UCLA student was stabbed

A teaching assistant describes the scene at UCLA's Young Hall when one chemistry student stabbed another in the neck.

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.