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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

40th anniversary of Manson murders

It was helter skelter. Forty years ago today, the bloody Manson murders happened.

SoCal Iranian-Americans push for release of prisoners in Iran

Iranian-Americans in Orange County are trying to keep the spotlight on events unfolding in Iran.

Celebration marks confirmation of 1st Latino Supreme Court justice

While the U.S. Senate voted on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, a group of lawyers, and lawyers-to-be, watched on TV in downtown L.A. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad was at the event at the offices of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

LA residents react to LAPD Chief Bratton's resignation

Word of Los Angeles Police chief Bill Bratton’s resignation yesterday spread quickly throughout the city. Bratton is taking a private sector job, leaving the LAPD on Halloween. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad gauged reaction in a couple of Los Angeles neighborhoods.

MALDEF celebrates confirmation of 1st Latino Supreme Court justice

There’s a celebration going on at the downtown L.A. offices of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad says a group of Sonia Sotomayor supporters watched TV coverage of the Senate vote to confirm the appointment of the first Latina to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Scientists sail to study Texas-sized trash pile in ocean

Scientists have discovered a vortex of plastic trash in the middle of the sea. Researchers from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego are sailing to the isle-of-plastic to investigate how the massive amount of debris got there. They are also looking into the effect it’s having on the environment. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talked with Scripps spokeswoman Annie Reisewitz about the expedition a thousand miles off the California Coast.

Foreclosure numbers up, up, up

California still dominates the list of communities in the country hard hit by the foreclosure crisis. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more on the latest numbers.

Swindlers steal houses in foreclosure scam

Swindlers have been bilking homeowners in trouble since the housing market meltdown began. But some scam artists are getting bolder. They have figured out a way to “steal” houses through forged signatures and phony appraisals. And once they win the title to a property, they squeeze out the equity. Then they vanish. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad tells us about an Anaheim woman who’s trying to recover her “stolen” home.

LA area Iranians turn out for Global Day of Demonstrations

Thousands of Iranian-Americans and their supporters turned out for a protest in Westwood this weekend. It was part of a global day of demonstrations around the world in support of people inside Iran. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more from the event at UCLA.

Doo Dah surfers dress up and ride

The US Open of Surfing championships happening right now in Huntington beach. But just north of Will Rogers beach there’s a whole different kind of surf celebration underway.

Iranian-Americans plan worldwide demonstration

Since last month’s presidential elections in Iran, people within and beyond that country have staged large demonstrations to call for government transparency and free expression. Iranian-Americans in the Southland are planning another such demonstration tomorrow. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad says they’re coordinating with activists around the world.

Loan scammers get more aggresive

Southern California law enforcement officials and housing advocates are trying to get the word out about loan modification scam artists. Those scammers have been busy – trying to bilk people at risk of losing their homes. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more on the latest effort in Orange County.

How to avoid mortgage loan modification scams

Con artists have been taking advantage of people who are in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure. Federal and state officials are trying to crack down on the bogus loan modification firms. They pocket money upfront from people in trouble and then don’t actually help them adjust their loans. Officials say Orange County has been a hotbed for the scams. Patricia Pinto, an attorney with the Orange County Legal Aid Society, specializes in helping people in foreclosure. Many have been victims of various scams. After a crowded press conference was wrapping up yesterday, she talked with KPCC’s Shirley Jahad.

Bruno tops box office

Gay Austrian fashionista Bruno tops the box office this week. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more …

LA County Sheriff's Deputies involved in three questionable shootings this weekend

LA County Sheriff’s Deputies were involved in three separate shootings this weekend. One deadly shooting has sparked calls for a federal investigation. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more …