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
Across-the-board 10% cuts are a key feature of the state budget released Thursday by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, in order to close an estimated $14.5 billion shortfall over the next 18 months. KPCC's Shirley Jahad spoke with State Capitol Reporter Julie Small about how the budget is being received in Sacramento.
On Wednesday, firefighters got a break in the weather, with lighter winds, cooler temperatures, and higher humidity. That allowed them to get a handle on many wildfires. But as KPCC's Steven Cuevas told Shirley Jahad, there's still zero containment on the two fires burning in the Lake Arrowhead area.
Democrats in Sacramento passed legislation Monday that would provide health insurance to three million uninsured Californians. Governor Schwarzenegger plans to veto the bill and call a special legislative session. KPCC State Capitol reporter Julie Small detailed the health care fight with All Things Considered host Shirley Jahad.
Two humpback whales that swam 90 miles upstream from the Pacific Ocean have apparently made it home. KPCC's Julie Small gives Shirley Jahad an update from the Presidio near Golden Gate Bridge, where the team has just announced the good news.
LAPD Chief Bill Bratton delivered a preliminary report Monday on the May 1st incident in MacArthur Park. Bratton in part blamed a breakdown in command and control that led to officers clubbing and firing rubber bullets at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. The chief made his presentation to the civilian Police Commission, which oversees the LAPD.