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
Thousands of immigrant’s rights advocates, union members and peace activists are gathering Sunday morning for a May Day march. The demonstration comes days after President Obama reiterated his support for the Dream Act and immigration reform. The march steps off at 10 a.m. in downtown LA from Olympic and Broadway.
The foreclosure crisis still affects thousands of Southern California families. Federal officials have issued new warnings for homeowners to beware of loan modification scammers.
A new poll indicates a majority of California voters would support tax increases along with spending cuts to balance the budget. Dan Schnur directed the USC/L.A. Times survey on what voters would do to solve the state's budget crisis.
Animated and family films did well this Easter weekend.
The animated movie “Rio” might help swing Hollywood out of the doldrums. "Rio" flew to the top of the box office bringing in $40 million. That makes it the number one opening so far this year.
A couple of years after the biggest wildfire in Los Angeles County history, a private foundation is working with local and federal officials to help restore the Angeles National Forest.
Advocates for immigrants’ and workers’ rights staged a small demonstration in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday to call for an end to budget cutbacks that hurt working families. They also announced plans for another march on May 1.
Comic actor Russell Brand scored a one-two punch at the box office.
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.