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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

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.

A Dodger first: a woman does play-by-play

Dodgers officials say they’re breaking new ground tonight. For the first time ever, a woman’s announcing the play-by-play for the team. KPCC's Shirley Jahad has more.

Inglewood police shoot another man in another case that's raising questions

Officials in Inglewood are investigating another questionable shooting by police there. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad reports.

Historic statues back on display at the LA Zoo

Some artifacts of Los Angeles history are on display at the LA Zoo. KPCC's Shirley Jahad tells us the concrete statues played a role in some early movie studio lore.

More need help while LA County has less to give

The sagging economy means ever more people are lining up for social services. At the same time Los Angeles County has less money to pay for them. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad says county supervisors heard from constituents today about the LA County budget.

LA Mayor blasts city council over proposed cuts

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is fighting moves by the city council to freeze hiring in the LA police and fire departments. Some council members say the plan is necessary to balance the city’s budget. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more …

Senator Boxer talks about EPA announcement on greenhouse gas regulation

KPCC's Shirley Jahad talks to California Senator Barbara Boxer on what today's announcement by the federal EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions means for California.

Piracy has important role in US history

Given all the news of pirates off the coast of Somalia, let's explore the history of the US in dealing with pirates.