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

4 more California measles cases; 4 intentionally unvaccinated

In at least three California counties, the measles outbreak has been linked with exposure to people who contracted the disease abroad.

LA Conservancy ranks 88 cities on their preservation efforts

L.A. has a reputation for being a city that looks forward and rarely looks back, for better or worse. But a new report on L.A. cities' efforts to preserve the past has ranked them by their efforts.

Update: Fallen LAPD Officer Nicholas Lee remembered

Services were under way Thursday in honor of LAPD Officer Nicholas Lee. The 40-year-old veteran is the first officer to die in the line of duty since 2008.

Officials alarmed at number of fire deaths in 2014

Fire officials are reminding residents of time importance of having smoke detectors. They recommend replacing them this weekend as daylight saving time takes effect.

Marathon crash: Could a compromise be near?

Organizers say they are at City Hall in the hopes of reaching a compromise. The LAPD shut down the popular bike race along the L.A. Marathon route due to concerns over public safety.

LA Rain: Storm disrupts morning commute; 2nd on its way

The CHP reports there were about 111 collisions in L.A. County. Some mountain roads have already been closed and mandatory evacuation orders have been issued.

LA Rain: Storms fuel mudslide anxiety, residents and officials get ready

Beneath the Colby Fire burn area, Glendora homeowners are putting down sandbags, while in Hollywood, plastic is going down on the Oscars red carpet. Are you ready?

How 'El Chapo' Guzman rose to power

The reign of drug cartel leader Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman ended this weekend after authorities captured him at a hotel in Mazatlán after a 13-year manhunt.

LA jail investigation: Undersheriff Tanaka’s role questioned

An internal sheriff's department email raises questions about the role he played after an FBI informant was uncovered in the jail system.

Jamzilla starts causing traffic headaches on the 10 Freeway

"Jamzilla" was slow make an impact Saturday morning, but my late morning it had started jamming up the 10 Freeway, according to a local wire service.

Angelenos bit by love bug during Metro Valentine's speed-dating

Metro hosted its first speed-dating event for Angelenos hoping to get struck by Cupid's red arrow this afternoon.

LA Metro introduces speed-dating train for Valentine's Day

A little love is coming to public transit when the Red Line hosts speed dating for interested riders on Valentine's Day.

How to check if your Prius is part of Toyota's recall (updated)

Toyota said Wednesday that some 713,000 Prius cars in North America were among those being recalled for a software problem. Here's how you'll know if yours is on the list.

The Broad will now open in 2015; details of new plaza released

Complications in building the museum's exterior have led to construction delays. A new plaza described as a green oasis in downtown Los Angeles will open this fall.

Sochi Winter Olympics: Southern California athletes compete

The Winter Olympics kicked off in earnest following Friday night's opening ceremonies, and NBC4's Whit Johnson reported from Sochi and spoke with KPCC.