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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

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.

LA's downtown 'Cornfield' greenspace to close for $20M renovation

A 34-acre lot adjacent to downtown Los Angeles is about to undergo a transformation into a park featuring open meadows, walkways and a wetlands area.

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.