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
Los Angeles city and Dodgers team officials announced new security measures for the stadium after the brutal beating on Opening Day left a Giants fan hospitalized with brain injuries.
A new audit says the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power barely reached renewable energy goals in the past and may not reach them in the future without a clear financial plan.
The federal government could shut down Friday if lawmakers on Capitol Hill fail to reach a budget deal. As bad as that sounds, some Los Angeles city officials say no deal is better than the one House Republicans have put on the table.
Los Angeles officials and the Dodgers have upped the reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the brutal beating at Dodger Stadium.
Los Angeles has a new law to limit the size of so-called McMansions in hillside communities. The new rules aim to preserve green space, vistas and sunlight by restricting the size of homes going up in LA hillside neighborhoods.
An animated Easter bunny wins the box office race this weekend.
A kids’ movie enters the ring and rises to the top of the box office.
The documentary project StoryCorps allows people to share significant moments in their lives in a conversation that’s recorded for posterity. The StoryCorps crew is in Los Angeles for the next month to record African American oral histories for a national archive. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has this story from Thursday's opening outside the California African American History Museum in LA’s Exposition Park.
Fans and friends of Elizabeth Taylor are remembering the film icon. She died Wednesday at age 79. She’d been undergoing treatment for congestive heart failure at L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
What if you could take a pill to make yourself rich and powerful? It works well as a movie plot.
Sony and Disney studios each opened alien invasion movies this weekend. They ended up landing in very different places at the box office.
The University of Southern California has landed its largest single donation ever. An alumnus has contributed $200 million.
Bad traffic is the common lament in Los Angeles. Today crews started construction of a new carpool lane on a stretch of the 5 Freeway. The goal is to ease traffic in the four miles between the 170 and Burbank Airport.
You know the names of the biggest Second City comedy stars: John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner. You might not know Joyce Sloane’s name. For nearly 50 years, she helped run the Second City improv troupe in Chicago – and helped launch the careers of dozens of comedians. Sloane died last month at age 80. Second City friends from L.A. paid her tribute at a North Hollywood event.
It’s tough enough to find a job these days. It’s tougher still if you’re fresh out of prison. That’s why parole officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation tried something new last week. They invited 20 businesses to a job fair at Pasadena’s Jackie Robinson Park Auditorium. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talked with the parolees looking for a new job – and a new start.