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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

Cal State faces $100 million mid-year budget cut

More bad budget news for California: Tax revenues are more than a billion dollars short of expectations so far this fiscal year. And unless something changes in the next few weeks, additional state budget cuts are looking more likely. Higher education is one of the areas that could take another big hit.

'Tragedy trimmed in mink:' 50 years after the Bel Air fire disaster

Fifty years ago today, Los Angeles experienced one of the most dramatic and destructive fires in Southland history. Hundreds of homes burned to the ground in Bel Air. The disaster provided lessons in future fire prevention.

Conrad Murray verdict: Guilty of involuntary manslaughter

Jurors have reached a guilty verdict in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray for the death of Michael Jackson. The jurors reached this verdict on the second day of deliberations.

LA Federal Court allows sugar-makers' lawsuit against corn industry to advance

A federal appeals court in Los Angeles says a lawsuit can go forward that charges the corn industry with false advertising for its use of the term 'corn sugar'.

Report: 11 percent of Americans take antidepressants

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) finds that antidepressants are the drug of choice for adults in the U.S. The study says that 11 percent of Americans are taking Prozac, Paxil or another type of antidepressant.

Free LA Sports Arena health clinic serves 5,000 over 4 days

Organizers of a massive clinic in Los Angeles offered people free medical services in Exposition Park before the event wrapped up Sunday. Just like the Remote Area Medical clinic a year-and-a-half ago, this one drew thousands of people that needed care but couldn’t afford it. Doctors, dentists, optometrists and even meditation counselors treated uninsured and under-insured patients.

5,000 patients expected at free LA health care clinic over 4 days

Organizers began letting the first 100 people into the L.A. Sports Arena Thursday morning, jumpstarting a four-day free health clinic for the uninsured and underinsured.

Mexico and US team up on earthquake safety

Officials in the United States and Mexico are teaming up to share more information about earthquake activity along the border.

Family files claim against LA County in jail inmate's death

The family of an 18-year-old who died in L.A. County jail last week is filing a claim against the county. The family says sheriff’s deputies in the jail used excessive force to subdue Jorge Rosales, and then didn’t get him adequate treatment.

USC hospital caregivers hold 1-day strike over pay, conditions

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.

Martin Luther King Center for Public Health billed as revival

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.

Ribbon cutting today for new MLK Center for Public Health in South LA

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.

LA County to masses: Lay off the sugary drinks

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."

'Occupy LA' protesters take residence at LA's City Hall

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.

Gov. Brown to sign downtown LA football stadium bill

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.