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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

Medical mistakes kill 100,000 people a year

While the health care reform debate rages, advocates of patient safety have been pushing for changes to cut the number of medical errors in hospitals.

LA Convention Center set up to save families facing foreclosure

Families on the brink of foreclosure are getting fast help for free at the LA Convention Center. The non profit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America set up shop there and brought together hundreds of counselors and bankers under one roof to address home owners concerns face-to-face and lower loans on the spot. Organizers call it the Save the Dream Tour.

Mortgage/foreclosure clinic in downtown LA accepts all comers

Thousands of homeowners who need help to pay their mortgages are finding it at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The nonprofit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America has filled an exhibit hall with financial counselors and bank representatives to help families reduce their monthly payments. The organization hosts the five-day event as part of its “Save the Dream Tour.” Many families at the Convention Center said they were able to reduce their mortgage payments by hundreds of dollars a month. The event continues from 9 in the morning until 8 at night through Monday. Walk-ins are welcome. Katina Fields with the Neighborhood Assistance Corp of America spoke with KPCC’s Shirley Jahad.

Thousands come to LA Convention Center to get mortgage help

Thousands of people struggling to pay the bills are getting help with their mortgage payments at the L.A. Convention Center. A nonprofit, the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, set up shop in an exhibit hall. They brought in banks and counselors to help people negotiate lower rates on 30-year fixed mortgages. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talked with one woman who traveled all the way from Atlanta.

City Council wants more answers on water main breaks

L.A. Department of Water and Power officials don’t have many answers yet about the recent string of water main breaks. They told the L.A. City Council Wednesday they’re studying the problem. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad says that that didn’t go over well with one councilmember.

LA County sheriff's deputies shoot, kill 3 in separate incidents

L.A. County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed three people in three separate incidents this weekend. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad tells us more.

'Cloudy' brings sunshine to box office

Families ran for cover this weekend to get a few laughs at an animated comedy. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” broke through to the top of the box office. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.

Trying to contain Station Fire before Santa Ana winds start blowing

Full containment of the biggest wildfire in L.A.County history has been pushed back again. Now fire officials say they will have the Station Fire surrounded Tuesday. And that’s right when the Santa Ana winds are expected to start blowing. The fire is 93 percent contained, but weather is kicking up some smoldering problems. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talks with Brian Grant, an information officer with the Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest. He starts by explaining why officials put off the expected containment date.

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.