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

FBI busts check passing ring that targeted Korean Americans

Federal agents say $15 million was lost in the scheme; 12 people have been arrested and three others are being sought.

West LA VA hospital awaits word on audit

One veterans group says wait times are long in southern California, but that, unlike what allegedly happened in Phoenix, no one is 'dying in line.'

LA County wants to boost sign ups for food assistance

Hundreds of thousands of people who qualify for food assistance don't apply. County officials set up a mobile unit in a parking lot in Pacoima to reach some of them.

Shuttle bus service to view of Hollywood sign begins

A new shuttle bus service starts rolling this weekend to bring people to a picture perfect view of the Hollywood sign. It's the must-have photo stop for anyone visiting L.A.

Etiwanda Fire grows to 1K acres near Rancho Cucamonga, evacs lifted

Officials at the San Bernardino National Forest say mandatory evacuations have been lifted for residents near the burn area. The fire continues to spread.

Catholics celebrate canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII

The L.A. Archdiocese is marking the historic canonization with a special ceremony at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. It is also welcoming visitors to a new exhibit honoring the soon-to-be Saints.

Clergy sex abuse victims decry sainthood for Pope John Paul II

Some victims accuse the pontiff of ignoring the scandal while he was leader of the Catholic Church. A spokesman for the L.A. Archdiocese says the pope's entire record should be taken into consideration.

Former Bell city leader Robert Rizzo sentenced to 12 years

Judge Kathleen Kennedy told Robert Rizzo, "It's good to say you're sorry. But it doesn’t change the fact you did some very bad things for a very long time."

Bus crash: Humboldt State vows to bring back surviving students

Humboldt State University President Rollin Richmond said the university will do their best to arrange for surviving students who did not make it for preview weekend due to a fatal bus crash to come back and “try to avoid bringing them up on a bus.”

Bus Crash: NTSB vows to use tragedy to review bus safety laws

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said the agency saw no evidence of the Fed-Ex truck was on fire before crashing. He added the department will use the investigation to examine bus regulations nationally.

Former Bell official Spaccia sentenced to 11 years, 8 months

Spaccia was sentenced for misappropriation of public funds, conspiracy, falsification of government records and other crimes.

5 former Bell officials accept plea deal; face 4 years in prison (updated)

The ex-council members were convicted on public corruption charges. One current city official said the city may seek millions in restitution.

Metrolink looks to add express trains on San Bernardino–LA line

The payoff for riders will be time: the express ride can save up to 90 minutes round trip. The plan involves new tracks at an estimated cost of $126 million.

Update: OC cities weigh emergency declaration after quakes

More than 100 tremors have rattled the region, with the largest yet Saturday afternoon. Residents have begun returning to evacuated homes in Fullerton.

Program teaches jailed teenagers to be better fathers

The key message the innovative program tries to pass on to troubled young fathers is the importance of making personal contact with their children.