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
Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives announced this week they are ending the nearly 200-year-old House page program. Now, some former pages have started a campaign to keep the program running.
Film archivists say they have gotten a hold of part of a 1923 silent movie called "The White Shadow." It's considered to be the first feature film Alfred Hitchcock ever worked on.
United Farm Workers union leader Richard Chavez has died. The 81-year-old brother of civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez and longtime partner of activist Dolores Huerta died in Bakersfield, following complications in surgery.
Nguyen Cao Ky, a former premier of South Vietnam, died over the weekend in Malaysia. He was 80 years old. Ky moved to the United States and built a life in Southern California after the war.
Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the California state Supreme Court. This follows a GOP filibuster of his confirmation to a federal appeals court.
The taxes Gov. Jerry Brown pushed so hard to extend have expired. The extension of the income, sales and car taxes were never that popular with voters. Some California teachers are pushing for one tax that does win support in polls. The tax would levy 1 percent from the wealthiest 1 percent.
Documentaries on the schedule for the L.A. Film Festival that begins this weekend include two films about sports in foreign countries, and two others that focus on the U.S. financial crisis.
The Keck Foundation is giving a $150 million gift to the University of Southern California and its medical programs.
If you could use a few laughs this weekend, the 9th Annual Improv Comedy Fest is on. Lovers of sketch comedy and improv comedy have a lot to choose from each night, and there are workshops during the day for aspiring performers or simply curious.
An Inland Empire high school is going virtual when it comes to dissecting frogs in biology class. An animal rights group is giving the school special software to do virtual dissection, instead of the real thing.
The Lakers introduced the team’s new head coach today.
Its graduation season. The University of Southern California held a graduation ceremony last week half a world away -- in Aqaba Jordan. USC teamed up with the Royal Jordanian Film Commission to create the first graduate film program for students in the Middle East and North Africa. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad visited the film school last year and tells us about the effort to give Middle Eastern students the tools to tell their own stories …
UCLA today opened a new Global Bio Lab that will train researchers how to test and analyze infectious diseases and respond to pandemics.
The Claremont School of Theology is teaming up with two other religious institutions to form a new interreligious university: Claremont Lincoln University. The new school will incorporate the Academy for Jewish Religion and the Islamic Center of Southern California.
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science may itself soon be coming off the critical care list. The Willowbrook medical school created to train minority doctors was on the brink of closure. Its financial health was in trouble and its reputation took a beating after it was put on academic probation. Now the university announced it’s bringing in a new president.