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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

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.

Iranians in LA debate outside, vote inside

Iranian-Americans are lined up at locations in Los Angeles, Irvine, and Ontario to cast ballots in today’s presidential election in Iran. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad says the debate over whether to participate or sit out the election swirled around the polling site at the Westin Hotel at L.A. International Airport.

Local Iranian-Americans debate voting in Iranian presidential elections

Iranian-Americans are eligible to vote in Iran’s presidential election today. That means several hundred thousand people in Southern California could cast ballots. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad reports that Persians are debating whether to boycott the few available polling places in the Southland.

Southland Muslim leaders are praising President Barack Obama's speech in Cairo.

Southland Muslim leaders are praising President Barack Obama's speech in Cairo. They told KPCC's Shirley Jahad that it marks a new beginning in the United States’ relations with the Muslim world.

Southland Muslim Americans applaud Obama’s speech at University of Cairo

KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talked about the President’s address with Maher Hathout, senior advisor with the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He says the event had a special significance for him because he graduated from the same university where Obama delivered the speech.

Loophole allows medical pot dispensaries to spring up like weeds

The Los Angeles City Council is trying to close a loophole in the law that limits new medical marijuana dispensaries. More on the story from KPCC’s Shirley Jahad.

The Hidden City

KPCC's Shirley Jahad visits a dismantled homeless encampment under the 605 Freeway. LA County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says the space was filled with animal carcasses, rats and housed babies.

Sheriffs clear out homeless encampment

Los Angeles County sheriffs have dismantled an encampment of homeless people under the 605 Freeway near the 10. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has this report.

Summer sessions may be cancelled at LA community colleges

Summer sessions at California community colleges are supposed to get underway in a couple of weeks. But city college administrators worry the state budget crisis will wipe out the summer session. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad reports.

Voters knock down props 1A-1E

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers are meeting today to determine what to do next. Voters resoundingly defeated propositions on the special election ballot that the governor said would stave off the state government’s financial doom. KPCC's Shirley Jahad has more.