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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

Glimpses of Chinese interest in Uganda's capital Kampala

The first dispatch from Shirley Jahad's trip to East Africa, where she's exploring the push by China and others for uranium, oil, rare earth metals and more in the region.

'Call of Duty' parallels real rare earth metal quest

The game is bringing the hunger for SoCal's rare earth metals into pop culture.

Why SoCal holds the key to the ingredients of modern technology

Without them you wouldn’t have a smartphone. What are they and how is SoCal a key player in the U.S. rare earth industry?

Scientists oppose tunneling under Beverly Hills High for Metro

The Los Angeles County Metro board heard hours of testimony on Thursday from scientists Beverly Hills officials hired to oppose tunneling.

LA Pop Wagon works just like a food truck, but it drives art

In Los Angeles, there’s a new opportunity to bring people to the stage … and to bring the stage to people.

UTLA files more than 600 complaints with LAUSD

In one Williams Complaint the author writes that the nurse is at the elementary school for only 1/2 a day per week, that it is a "dangerous situation!"

May Day protesters converge downtown

May Day protesters marched from several directions Tuesday to converge downtown for a rally at Pershing Square.

Montage: Fragments from the '92 Riots

Sounds and scenes from one of the most traumatic episodes in L.A.'s history: The Los Angeles Riots of 1992. They lasted a total of six days, cost an estimated billion dollars in property damage, took more than 50 lives, and changed the way L.A. imagined itself.

USC holds memorial for 2 slain students, announces scholarships

USC staff and students held a memorial Wednesday night for two international students shot dead outside a house near the USC campus on April 11.

Family buries Marine shot and killed by OC sheriffs

In Illinois during the weekend, a family buried a U.S. Marine who Orange County sheriffs shot and killed at San Clemente High School. The man's family is moving forward with plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Japanese Garden reopens after nearly $7M renovation

After a year-long, nearly $7 million renovation, the famed Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library is once again open.

USC responds to murder of 2 students from China

As word spread about the shooting deaths of two graduate students from China near campus, a network of support services sprung into action at USC.

2 USC students from China shot to death in West Adams area

L.A. Police continue to search for the person who shot and killed two USC students early Wednesday while they sat in a car in the West Adams neighborhood.

Public invited to Farmer's Field meeting tonight at Convention Center

Residents have just over a month to weigh in on whether the $1.5 billion, 72,000 seat facility should be a central feature of downtown Los Angeles.

AEG releases 10,000-page report on Farmer's Field

Efforts to locate a football stadium in downtown are moving forward now that AEG has released an environmental impact report.