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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

Firefighters push for containment as Santa Ana winds are on the way

Fire officials say they finally expect to have the Station fire fully contained Tuesday, but time and the weather are working against them. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.

13-year-old boy charged with arson in wildfire

A 13-year-old boy from El Monte is charged with arson, accused of setting the Morris Fire in the hills north of the 605. The fire blackened 3,000 acres. No one was hurt and no property was damaged in the fire that started August 25th, a day before the Station Fire, which has burned more than 160,000 acres. Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the L.A. County district attorney’s office, talked with KPCC's Shirley Jahad about the charges.

Audit says LA Convention Center sits idle too often

Los Angeles’ new controller released her first audit today. It suggests that the city’s convention center needs room to compete for events and trade shows. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.

More questions flow after more LA water pipes burst

Los Angeles utility officials have investigated one water main break after another in the last couple of weeks. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad says that as more water escapes from underground pipes, more people wonder what’s going on.

More renovations at MacArthur Park

The renovation of MacArthur Park is moving forward. Hundreds of families turned out this weekend for the official opening of a new recreation area in the park. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad tells us more.

Tyler Perry on top at the box office again

The Tyler Perry franchise is still paying off. The new film by the writer, director, actor is number one at the box office. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.

Sex scandals, pending bills at the State Capitol

From sex scandals to pending bills in need of votes by midnight tonight... KPCC's Shirley Jahad talks to Dan Walters, political reporter for the Sacrameto Bee, about the week's news at the State Capitol.

Opening day for expensive public arts high school

Today’s the first day of school for hundreds of thousands of students in the Southland. About 1,200 of them are at the long awaited new public High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. The pricey facility near downtown Los Angeles opens today. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.

Lost compositions of LA jazz great found, performed after half-century

A special concert was performed Monday night at the Ford Theater in Hollywood. It was part of the Angel City Jazz Fest. Local jazz master Bennie Maupin and his group brought to life music from Los Angeles jazz legend Eric Dolphy. They performed original Dolphy compositions discovered recently after nearly five decades. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad tells us the story of paying tribute to a teacher and giving an artist his due.

Business is smoking for fire engine service and repair station

Moving hundreds of firefighters and tons of gear during a wildfire takes some sturdy trucks. Every now and then, those trucks have to come in for repairs – and that when Manny Perez goes to work. He runs a fire engine dealership and repair business called California Seagrave, and he spoke with KPCC’s Shirley Jahad outside the Sierra Madre fire station.

Officials say biggest wildfire in LA County history is arson

Fire officials are calling it arson. They say someone deliberately sparked the Station Fire that’s blackened more than 200 square miles in the hills north of Los Angeles. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.

'Hot shot' crew member fights 5 wildfires in 8 days

Nearly 5,000 fire fighters have been battling flames and digging dirt to create fire lines in steep hillsides to contain the massive Station Fire. Many of them are members of “hot shot” crews. They travel from one fire to the next, sleeping in tents and living away from home for weeks at a time. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talked with Charles Sweet. He has been fighting wildfires for nine years with the Carson Hot Shot crew from New Mexico.

Immigration officials begin new effort to find undocumented criminals

Under a new federal program, anyone who’s arrested will have go through a fingerprint check - not just to search for a criminal record, but to verify he or she is legally in the country. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has the story.

Firefighters explain how they battle flames in Angeles National Forest

The Morris Fire is about 45 percent contained as it continues to burn in an uninhabited area near the Morris Dam. Incident commander Ron Woychak talked with KPCC’s Shirley Jahad about the challenges of fighting this fire. Some 1,200 firefighters are working on the blaze.

Firefighters battling tough weather, tough terrain in Morris fire

More than 800 firefighters are battling the Morris fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Azuza. The climate and the terrain have been working against them. But the fire isn’t threatening any homes. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more from the command center in Irwindale.