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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

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.

Occupy LA plans to take camp to foreclosed homes

The demonstrators of Occupy L.A. are taking their protests beyond the lawn of Los Angeles City Hall. Beginning Tuesday, some of them plan to go into neighborhoods where families face foreclosure.

Villaraigosa visits China, Japan, Korea to drum up business for LA

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is visiting Beijing on Monday for his first stop on a 10-day trip to try to drum up Asian business for the city.

Push to shop at small local stores on 'Small Business Saturday'

The holiday shopping season has officially begun, and this year it starts with a push to focus on mom-and-pop stores for “Small Business Saturday.”

OC considers 'Laura's Law' to help mentally ill

Orange County is looking at implementing 'Laura's Law' to help people with severe mental illness and their families. The Orange County Homeless Commission held a hearing Friday on whether to recommend the county fund Laura's Law to get treatment and social services to mentally ill adults.

JFK assassination anniversary: A private conversation between LBJ and J. Edgar Hoover

On this day 48 years ago, a gunman assassinated President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. Hours after the shooting, Vice President Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office aboard Air Force One. It didn’t take long for the swirl of conspiracy theories to begin. At the White House a few days later, President Johnson talked on the phone with J. Edgar Hoover, chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Hoover briefed the new president on the investigation into the Kennedy assassination.

Orange County's John Wayne Airport opens new terminal after $550 million expansion

John Wayne Airport in Orange County Monday unveils a new terminal and other improvements after a more than half-billion dollar expansion and renovation project.

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.