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
About 100 healthcare workers at USC Keck Medical Center in Lincoln Heights staged a 24-hour strike Wednesday to protest a one-year pay freeze and conditions that they say compromise patients' care.
L.A. County officials held a ribbon cutting in South Los Angeles Friday for the new Martin Luther King Center for Public Health. Officials say it represents a revival of health care services badly needed in the area.
A well-known name in public health resurfaces Friday in South Los Angeles. The ribbon cutting for the first section of the new Martin Luther King hospital complex is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Los Angeles County has launched a new campaign on Wednesday to fight obesity and keep Angelenos healthy. The campaign, called Choose Health LA is centered around three main motto "Eat Healthy, Move Healthy and Live Healthy."
Several hundred demonstrators marched on City Hall Saturday, as part of an protest to "occupy Los Angeles," an event that follows ongoing protests aimed at Wall Street in New York.
This week California Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to sign a measure in Los Angeles that is expected to help clear the way for construction of a new downtown football stadium.
The Centers for Disease Control keeps track of suicide in the U.S., and its numbers are sobering. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among young people. A 2009 survey found that one high school student out of seven had thought seriously about suicide in the previous year. One mother from Los Angeles whose teenage daughter committed suicide told her story to KPCC.
Jurors on Friday found 10 of the "Irvine 11" Muslim students guilty on charges that stemmed from the disruption of a speech by the Israeli ambassador, Michael Oren, to the United States when he visited UC Irvine in February of last year.
About 20,000 people are expected to visit the L.A. Convention Center this weekend for the AARP national event dubbed "Life at 50-Plus." One of the issues getting a lot of attention this year is the effort to end hunger among elderly Americans.
Unionized registered nurses are on strike Wednesday and picketing outside the Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center. At 7:30 a.m., nearly 100 nurses dressed in red union t-shirts, were banging drums and holding signs near Sunset Boulevard and Vermont Avenue as part of a statewide protest to what union officials call an effort to reduce workers' health care coverage and retirement benefits.
Some primary care doctors are promoting a team approach to help maintain healthy patients and lower medical costs.
About half a million people in Los Angeles County acknowledge they have seriously considered suicide, public health officials say.
Going to the hospital is a leading cause of death in this country. Nearly 100,000 people die each year because of illnesses they get from being inside hospitals. Nearly one in 20 patients entering a U.S. hospital ends up with an infection they didn't have to start with, unrelated to their initial problem. You might say there is an epidemic of hospital errors.
Thousands of inmates in California prisons are held basically in solitary confinement, often for years on end. Authorities say the practice serves to isolate prison gang members. Human rights activists say it's illegal and inhumane. Inmates staged a protest last month, going on a hunger strike for three weeks to object to the conditions. Yesterday, California prison officials took a handful of reporters to Pelican Bay State Prison to get a view inside. KPCC's Julie Small was one of them.
A state Assembly committee planned a hearing today to examine the California Public Utilities Commission and its oversight of natural gas pipelines. Last year, eight people died when a Pacific Gas and Electric pipeline exploded in the northern California city of San Bruno.