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

Iran's President-elect Rowhani meets with caution in West

Hasan Rowhani is likely to be friendlier than his predecessor, but the U.S. and Israel have reacted with caution knowing that as president he will have little control over Iran's nuclear program.

UPDATE: Camarillo Springs Fire at 8,000 acres, only 10 percent contained (photos)

Two agricultural buildings that burned Thursday afternoon have caused concerns that pesticides and other harmful substances could make their way into the air.

‘The Persian Square’ looks at over 100 years of Iranian-Americans

Los Angeles has the largest Iranian community in any city outside of Iran. A new digital book, “The Persian Square,” traces over a century of Iranian-American experience.

NYC Marathon canceled — Was this the right decision? (Poll)

The New York City Marathon has been canceled, though reports indicate it may be rescheduled. The announcement came as power came back on in many parts of lower Manhattan.

Will oil supply help or hurt Uganda?

Uganda's economic prospects are changing because of an area of the Western Rift Valley, along the Nile River. That's where you'll find Lake Albert and Murchison Falls, along with national parks teeming with wildlife.

Will Uganda benefit from its oil boom?

Uganda has enough oil to make it one of the biggest producers in Africa. But will the country prosper?

Fannie and Freddie to offer mortgage help

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will participate in a program to help homeowners reduce their mortgages.

City seeking nominations for two-year post

Los Angeles has a job opening for a poet. The city is creating the position of poet laureate, and it is seeking nominations until Oct. 10.

FlyAway bus service from Irvine to LAX ground to halt

The FlyAway bus service from Irvine to LAX ended. The non-stop bus service stopped running because the operator, Coach America, went bankrupt.

Seventeen arrested in morning drug bust

Federal law enforcement officials swept a dozen locations in the Southland today to crack alleged loose-knit drug supply rings.

NASA JPL Director reflects on Neil Armstrong's influence

"We are all standing on his shoulders," Dr. Charles Elachi said. He said Armstrong's spirit continues to fuel NASA's recent exploration in space.

Expo Line construction to Santa Monica begins Monday

Construction for the Metro's Expo Line extension to Santa Monica rolls along with re-striping as crews prepare to build a second rail bridge over National Blvd.

'The Expendables 2' tops box office with $28.8m

A couple of action movies battled for the box office top spot this weekend, as the second-highest grossing film of the year dropped to number six.

How China is building in-roads in Africa

The U.S. and China want to pave different roads to democracy and economic development in Africa — one through governance and the other through construction.

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.