Shirley Jahad Reporter and Host, Weekend Edition

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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

Free health clinic paints picture of need for medical care

Doctors and dentists are checking eyes and ears and teeth again today at a temporary free clinic inside the Forum in Inglewood. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad surveyed the scene and filed this report.

Low-income families, disabled sue gov over budget cuts

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is facing another lawsuit over the line-item cuts he made to social service spending last month. Advocates for low-income families and the disabled say the governor went too far – and they’re going to sue. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more on the lawsuit and on how the cuts are affecting people with disabilities.

Attorney general cracks down on home loan scam artists

California Attorney General Jerry Brown today announced a crackdown on home loan modification scams. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.

Kaiser Permanente laying off over 1,800 in California

Kaiser Permanente has announced it’s eliminating nearly 2,000 jobs in California. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.

California attorney general cracks down on home loan scams

California Attorney General Jerry Brown is going after unscrupulous players promising to help people with their home loans. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has the latest.

Questionable shootings by LA County Sheriff's deputies leave 2 dead

L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed two men this weekend in separate incidents. Now the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office is investigating. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.

GI Joe commands box office

“G.I. Joe” commands the lead at the box office this weekend. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.

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.