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

SAG and AFTRA have merged, so what's next?

The newly-merged union of actors and broadcasters, SAG-AFTRA, is up-and-running in its first week as a united force, but it still has to figure out a new health and pension plan.

SAG/AFTRA actors unions merge into 1

The final act in the drama over whether the two big actors unions SAG and AFTRA would merge played out Friday, with the unions' members voting for them to join together.

Workers at 10 LA medical marijuana dispensaries unionize

The head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor says the union may help cut through the legal smoke surrounding the dispensaries.

Star Wars artist who designed Darth Vader dies at 82

Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie, who created many of the original movie characters, has died. McQuarrie was responsible for bringing the Star Wars trilogy to life.

Auto Club unveils tracking device to control teens’ driving

The Auto Club has unveiled a new tool to help parents control their teenagers’ driving habits. But is it one step closer to Big Brother?

Homeowners can get foreclosure process reviewed

Homeowners have until the end of July to apply for a review if they think the bank made mistakes in a foreclosure. Federal regulars are trying to get the word out.

Handful of demonstrators draws attention to Honduras prison fire

Demonstrators outside the Honduran consulate on Wilshire Boulevard to call attention to the more than 300 deaths at a prison fire this week in Honduras.

LAUSD paid $40K to settle case with Miramonte teacher

The District suspended Mark Berndt last February, and initiated steps to fire him.

Watchdog sues insurance company for cheating elderly

Consumer Watchdog has announced a suit against a long-term care insurance company, accusing it of cheating the elderly by making them jump through hoops.

2012 Sundance Film Fest opens

The annual Sundance Film Festival opens Thursday night. More than 4,000 filmmakers submitted work; fewer than 120 of their films made the cut. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more from Park City, Utah, where plenty of people from the Southland are converging.

Mom who dropped baby from parking garage faces mental health hearing

Orange County woman Sonia Hermosillo, who allegedly intentionally dropped her 7-month-old baby boy from the roof of a fourth floor parking structure in August, has a mental health hearing scheduled for Friday morning.

Federal regulators review millions of foreclosures

Federal regulators have launched a nationwide review process to determine whether lenders legally and fairly conducted millions of home foreclosures. This week, authorities started sending notices asking people who lost homes in foreclosure to apply for a review.

Countrywide makes largest residential fair lending settlement in history

Bank of America paid $335 million Wednesday to settle allegations that its Countrywide Financial unit discriminated against black and Latino borrowers during the housing boom. U.S.Attorney General Eric Holder says it amounts to the "largest residential fair lending settlement ever reached in the history of our nation.”

Shooting suspect kills self, 2 others in SoCal Edison office attack

A shooting has been reported at an office building that houses Southern California Edison in Irwindale, leaving the alleged gunman dead. Two others were killed, with two additional people wounded and in the hospital, in stable condition. One of the two who were killed by the gunman died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Demolition begins on bridge over 60 Freeway; may reopen Friday afternoon

Following a tanker fire that caused serious damage to the Paramount Bridge above the 60 Freeway, demolition of the east side of the overpass has begun. Caltrans also now says they plan to reopen both directions of the 60 in time for the evening commute Friday, helping out those trying to drive through Montebello to get from the Inland Empire or Pomona Valley into L.A.