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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

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.

Map: Endeavour's final frontier will be a road trip across LA

Not to be outdone by something as low-tech as LACMA's big rock, this space shuttle's final frontier will be a road trip across Los Angeles.

Study recommends cutting speed on 110 to 45 mph

A $650,000 study from Caltrans recommends dropping to a 45-mph speed limit on the curvy 8-mile stretch of road.

Elderly woman is first West Nile death in the state in 2012

An 88-year-old Kern County woman is the first person in the state this year to die from the disease, infamously carried by infected mosquitoes.

Court charges UCLA professor in death of lab technician

A judge is allowing criminal charges to go forward against a UCLA professor in the 2008 accidental death of a 23-year-old lab technician.

El Monte woman wins Olympic skeet shooting gold

Missing only one target, Olympic gold medalist Kimberly Rhode broke an Olympic record and earned a standing ovation.

605 connector to 405 South closing for 2 weeks

If you're heading from Long Beach into Orange County, you may have to reconsider your route starting Monday at 10 p.m. Is this a Long Beach/Seal Beach Carmageddon?

New LA ferry terminal opens for Catalina Island

A new ferry-boat terminal is opening for travelers heading to Catalina Island, after the expansion of China Shipping forced the ferry from its original location.