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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

Transit officials pave way for more bikes on trains

L.A. County bicycle commuters may soon catch a break. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad says public transit officials are considering whether to lift bike restrictions on light rail and subway trains.

Investigations underway after LA sheriff's deputies shoot, kill 16-year-old

Law enforcement officials are looking into whether L.A. County sheriff’s deputies were justified in shooting and killing a 16-year-old in Compton this weekend. The father of the teenage boy wants legal action against the officers. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.

Family of teen shot, killed by LA sheriff's deputies considers lawsuit

The family of a 16-year-old boy seeks to file a wrongful death lawsuit after sheriff's deputies in Compton shot and killed the teenager during the weekend. More on the story from KPCC's Shirley Jahad.

Metro considers lifting rush hour restrictions for bikes on trains

L.A. County’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering how to make public transit friendlier to bicycle commuters. The agency may lift its rush hour ban of bikes on trains.

Free music under the stars in the Southland

The summertime outdoor concert season is underway. The Levitt Pavilions in Pasadena and MacArthur Park offer free open-air concerts all summer long. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad tells us all you need is a lawn chair and a picnic basket to enjoy the sounds of summer.

Conviction against accused cyberbully dropped

A federal judge is throwing out the conviction against a Missouri woman accused of cyberbullying. The teenage girl targeted incident committed suicide. Shirley Jahad has more.

Judge tosses conviction against accused cyber bully

A federal judge has aquitted a Missouri mother for her role in a cyberbullying hoax against a 13 year old girl. The teenager later committed suicide.

California to start issuing IOUs tomorrow

California is running out of cash and will start issuing IOU’s to pay its bills tomorrow. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talked with Hallye Jordan, a spokeswoman at the State Controller’s office, to sort out who will get paid now and who will get paid later. A last minute temporary save from the federal government means the disabled and elderly will be receiving their checks for now.

California will start issuing IOUs tomorrow to pay its bills

The state of California will distribute IOUs tomorrow to pay some of its bills. There’s some confusion about who will get cash &ndash and who will get the IOUs. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad says the state controller has some answers.

LA dedicates street to Iranian-American for first time

For the first time, Los Angeles has dedicated a street to an Iranian-American. A stretch of historic Broadway theater district near downtown L.A. is named after Ezat Delijani, the man who owns and is restoring several movie palaces. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has the story:

LA City Council asks workers to put off pay raises

The L.A. City Council is expected to vote today on an employee concession plan – one that might help to avoid layoffs. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.

Gang sweep in LA nabs anti-gang leader

Local and federal officials today announced indictments against two-dozen leaders and members of the notorious MS 13 street gang. One of the men in custody headed up a non-profit group that was supposed to fight gangs.

Leader of a gang fighting agency indicted in crackdown of MS 13 street gang

Los Angeles police and the FBI yesterday announced indictments against two-dozen alleged leaders and associates of the notorious MS 13 street gang. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad reports there are alarming aspects to the case.

Sen. Feinstein questions Democrats' healthcare plan

California Congresswoman House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she hopes the US House can pass a health care overhaul plan before lawmakers go on vacation in August. But California Senator Dianne Feinstein has some big questions. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.

Iranian Americans demonstrate in Westwood

Iranian American students staged a demonstration at the federal building in West LA yesterday against the election results in Iran.