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

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.

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.