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

Crowd on National Mall awaits inaugural speech

KPCC's Shirley Jahad is on the National Mall and has been talking with people who staked out positions early this morning. Shirley spoke with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about what things looked like from her vantage point.

KPCC reporters share observations of Inauguration

KPCC reporters Brian Watt and Shirley Jahad were spectators at today's Inauguration. KPCC's Nick Roman spoke with both of them about the day's highlights.

Crowd on National Mall awaits inaugural speech

KPCC's Shirley Jahad is on the National Mall and has been talking with people who staked out positions early this morning. Shirley spoke with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about what things looked like from her vantage point.

Family shares Rose Parade New Year tradition

Shirley Jahad talks to KPCC's Patricia Nazario as she reports from the Rose Parade route and talks to a family whose tradition is to camp out each year to await the parade and the New Year.

Ramon Cortines named new LAUSD superintendent

Ramon Cortines is the new superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District, replacing outgoing superintendent David Brewer. Shirley Jahad talked with KPCC's education reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez about the changeover.

Betty Jane Williams, 89-year-old World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots member, dies

Last month we told you the story of Betty Jane Williams, a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II – the WASPs. She and her fellow WASPs were being honored on Veterans Day. Williams passed away on Monday. Here's more from her conversation last month with KPCC's Brian Watt.

Attorney General Jerry Brown denies request for prison health care money

A court hearing scheduled for Monday looks as if it'll be pretty contentious. A federal judge supervising a case to improve prison medical care had ordered California's attorney general to present a plan for how and when the state would pay $250 million dollars to improve prison medical care. Late today the attorney general filed a brief with the court saying the state's not going to pay the money. KPCC's All Things Considered host Shirley Jahad talked about the latest developments with State Capitol Reporter Julie Small.

Democratic Convention Crowd Gets Ready for Obama

Senator Barack Obama will speak at the Democratic National Convention tonight. KPCC's Special Correspondant Kitty Felde tells KPCC's Shirley Jahad what it looks like inside Invesco Field.

Hillary and Michelle praise one another's accomplishments

Everyone is getting ready for Hillary Clinton's speech tonight. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde is at the convention. She talks with KPCC's Shirley Jahad about Hillary's and Michelle Obama's praise for eachother, and also about demonstrators outside of the convention.

Many Hillary Clinton supporters are not ready to move on just yet

New York Senator Hillary Clinton's supporters still think her name should be on the ticket. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde talks with KPCC's Shirley Jahad about Hillary and the Democratic National Convention, which she will address tomorrow.

Kelso to Make Major Announcement about Prison Hospitals

Federal receiver Clark Kelso was appointed to overhaul the prison medical system. He wants to build new hospitals and clinics for inmates. He also wants $7 billion to pay for it. So far lawmakers have said no. KPCC's Julie Small tells local All Things Considered host Shirley Jahad that Kelso could take action tomorrow against the state.

Officials Seek More Time to Address Prison Overcrowding

Attorneys for prisoners, and state and local officials asked federal judges today for another month to try and reach an agreement to reduce the state's prison population by tens of thousands of inmates. Sounds tough, but the alternative could be worse. A three-judge panel is considering whether to limit California's prison population, which could mean things like releasing prisoners early. KPCC's Julie Small was at the San Francisco courthouse for the proceeding.

McCain Raises Money in Los Angeles

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain spoke with reporters at the Beverly Hilton before a Bel Air Fundraiser. KPCC's Frank Stoltze was there and told KPCC's Shirley Jahad what Senator McCain discussed, including the recent California ruling on same sex marriage and the Iraq War.

Governor Releases Revised Budget

Governor Schwarzenegger took the wraps off his revised state budget Wednesday. KPCC's Shirley Jahad spoke with state capitol reporter Julie Small about the proposal.

L.A. Mayor Delivers State of the City Address

Transportation, education, gang violence, and a huge budget deficit. All were on the agenda as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave his third State of the City speech Monday night. KPCC's Frank Stoltze was there, and joined Shirley Jahad with a recap.