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

On MLK's birthday, memories of a key speech in Los Angeles

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the L.A. Coliseum in May, 1964, as California was in the middle of a battle over fair housing.

Eagle Rock rises to near the top of trendy neighborhood list

Eagle Rock was ranked number two in Redfin's national Hot Neighborhoods in 2014 list.

Coroner: Man hit by Metro train was 57, from Altadena

Officials will not make his name public because his family has not been notified. Investigators are still trying to determine why he was in a South Pasadena crosswalk.

Long Beach loses bid to make new Boeing passenger jet

Workers in Washington state approved a new labor contract, keeping production of the 777X jet in the Puget Sound area and dashing hopes of bringing the work here.

New Santa Monica gallery showcases contemporary art from Iran

Former NASA scientist Homa Taraji's gallery features art from her homeland with the goal of changing the conversation about Iran and its people.

Holiday cards help connect LA's homeless with loved ones

For 20 years, Skip Matthews has spent many a December day urging people to mail holiday cards. "How simple is that? To let your mom know you’re still alive?" he says.

LA County, social workers reach tentative labor deal

The union says the county will hire an additional 450 social workers by next October. County officials say they already have several hundred new workers in the pipeline.

California population growth rate highest in years

California's population grew by the highest rate in nearly a decade over the last year. Demographic experts said the increase highlights the recovery in the job market.

Truckers picket three port of LA and Long Beach companies

The Teamsters union has been trying to organize truck drivers at the nation's ports for years. Local trucking companies and drivers each accuse each other of intimidation.

Hearings in Orange County focus on human trafficking

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee holds session in Fullerton to find out more about fighting the illicit international industry.

Marcia Wallace, voice of 'Simpsons' Krabappel, dies

"Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean said in a statement that her death is a terrible loss. He says Wallace's "irreplaceable character" would be retired from the show.

Former Lakers coach Bill Sharman dies at 87

Bill Sharman, the former Lakers coach who led the team to its first championship in Los Angeles, died Friday at his home in Redondo Beach. Sharman suffered a stroke last week.

Poll: Voters wishy-washy on water proposal, lukewarm on Brown

A new survey finds support for the state's ambitious water plan dries up when the talk turns to money and that only half of voters think Gov. Jerry Brown is doing a good job in office.

Man shot, killed by off-duty officer in South Pasadena

L.A. County sheriffs officials are still trying to piece together the details of a shooting that left one man dead in South Pasadena.

VIDEO: Tanker fire on I-5 closes southbound 2, northbound 5 'long term'

A tanker filled with up to 7,500 gallons of gasoline crashed on the 5 at the 2 Freeway interchange Saturday morning, closing down the freeways and sending up dark smoke.