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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

California Science Center soon lands Shuttle Endeavour

The Space Shuttle Endeavour cruises to its new home at the California Science Center soon and on Wednesday officials at the museum outlined the landing plan.

Map: Endeavour's final frontier will be a road trip across LA

Not to be outdone by something as low-tech as LACMA's big rock, this space shuttle's final frontier will be a road trip across Los Angeles.

Study recommends cutting speed on 110 to 45 mph

A $650,000 study from Caltrans recommends dropping to a 45-mph speed limit on the curvy 8-mile stretch of road.

Elderly woman is first West Nile death in the state in 2012

An 88-year-old Kern County woman is the first person in the state this year to die from the disease, infamously carried by infected mosquitoes.

Court charges UCLA professor in death of lab technician

A judge is allowing criminal charges to go forward against a UCLA professor in the 2008 accidental death of a 23-year-old lab technician.

El Monte woman wins Olympic skeet shooting gold

Missing only one target, Olympic gold medalist Kimberly Rhode broke an Olympic record and earned a standing ovation.

605 connector to 405 South closing for 2 weeks

If you're heading from Long Beach into Orange County, you may have to reconsider your route starting Monday at 10 p.m. Is this a Long Beach/Seal Beach Carmageddon?

New LA ferry terminal opens for Catalina Island

A new ferry-boat terminal is opening for travelers heading to Catalina Island, after the expansion of China Shipping forced the ferry from its original location.

Kayak, if you dare, along a stretch of the LA River

The Los Angeles River opens this week to seasonal recreation and paddlers will be able to kayak along a small stretch of the waterway.

Glimpses of Chinese interest in Uganda's capital Kampala

The first dispatch from Shirley Jahad's trip to East Africa, where she's exploring the push by China and others for uranium, oil, rare earth metals and more in the region.

'Call of Duty' parallels real rare earth metal quest

The game is bringing the hunger for SoCal's rare earth metals into pop culture.

Why SoCal holds the key to the ingredients of modern technology

Without them you wouldn’t have a smartphone. What are they and how is SoCal a key player in the U.S. rare earth industry?

Scientists oppose tunneling under Beverly Hills High for Metro

The Los Angeles County Metro board heard hours of testimony on Thursday from scientists Beverly Hills officials hired to oppose tunneling.

LA Pop Wagon works just like a food truck, but it drives art

In Los Angeles, there’s a new opportunity to bring people to the stage … and to bring the stage to people.

UTLA files more than 600 complaints with LAUSD

In one Williams Complaint the author writes that the nurse is at the elementary school for only 1/2 a day per week, that it is a "dangerous situation!"