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

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.

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.