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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

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.

100 Hours of Astronomy event takes place this weekend

If you can find a place that isn't cloudy, you can take advantage of the 100 Hours of Astronomy event. It's a series of events through the weekend meant to bring the cosmos to those of us on terra firma. KPCC's Shirley Jahad talked with Michael Simmons, the event's international co-chair.

EPA proposes tougher port emissions standards

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency is now moving to limit emissions along the coast and at the ports. The EPA is proposing tougher standards on big commercial ships, something local and state air quality officials have wanted for years. KPCC's Shirley Jahad talked about the announcement with South Coast Air Quality Management District spokesman Sam Atwood.

Obama speaks in Costa Mesa

Shirley Jahad talks to KPCC Orange County reporter Susan Valot from Wednesday's presidential town hall meeting in Costa Mesa.

President Obama talks about economy in Costa Mesa

Shirley Jahad talks to KPCC Orange County reporter Susan Valot after President Barack Obama wrapped up his town hall meeting in Costa Mesa. She gives the details of the afternoon's event.

UCLA professor on new report showing low marks for California education

UCLA researchers released a new report today that indicates California is near the bottom of all states in measures of public school education. The report says one third of ninth graders fail to graduate high school on time. It also shows California is near the bottom in terms of the number of high school students who enroll in four year colleges right away. Shirley Jahad talked with an author of the study, UCLA Professor John Rogers. He heads the UCLA Institute for Democracy Education and Access.

Economists eye stimulus money for Southland

KPCC's Shirley Jahad talks with Jack Kyser, Chief Economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, who says local economists are already sizing up how much federal stimulus money the Southland might get.

The Founding of the NAACP

Shirley Jahad talks with Leon Jenkins, head of the Los Angeles Branch, about the founding of the NAACP.