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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

An LA mother copes with daughter’s suicide

The Centers for Disease Control keeps track of suicide in the U.S., and its numbers are sobering. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among young people. A 2009 survey found that one high school student out of seven had thought seriously about suicide in the previous year. One mother from Los Angeles whose teenage daughter committed suicide told her story to KPCC.

10 of 'Irvine 11' get community service, probation

Jurors on Friday found 10 of the "Irvine 11" Muslim students guilty on charges that stemmed from the disruption of a speech by the Israeli ambassador, Michael Oren, to the United States when he visited UC Irvine in February of last year.

AARP convention in LA raises money to fight hunger for seniors

About 20,000 people are expected to visit the L.A. Convention Center this weekend for the AARP national event dubbed "Life at 50-Plus." One of the issues getting a lot of attention this year is the effort to end hunger among elderly Americans.

Kaiser nurses on strike at LA Medical Center

Unionized registered nurses are on strike Wednesday and picketing outside the Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center. At 7:30 a.m., nearly 100 nurses dressed in red union t-shirts, were banging drums and holding signs near Sunset Boulevard and Vermont Avenue as part of a statewide protest to what union officials call an effort to reduce workers' health care coverage and retirement benefits.

LA doctors taking team approach to new health care model

Some primary care doctors are promoting a team approach to help maintain healthy patients and lower medical costs.

Officials: 500,000 people in LA County have considered suicide

About half a million people in Los Angeles County acknowledge they have seriously considered suicide, public health officials say.

3-year effort aims to cut back on hospital-related infections in California

Going to the hospital is a leading cause of death in this country. Nearly 100,000 people die each year because of illnesses they get from being inside hospitals. Nearly one in 20 patients entering a U.S. hospital ends up with an infection they didn't have to start with, unrelated to their initial problem. You might say there is an epidemic of hospital errors.

Inside Pelican Bay State Prison's 'Secure Housing Unit'

Thousands of inmates in California prisons are held basically in solitary confinement, often for years on end. Authorities say the practice serves to isolate prison gang members. Human rights activists say it's illegal and inhumane. Inmates staged a protest last month, going on a hunger strike for three weeks to object to the conditions. Yesterday, California prison officials took a handful of reporters to Pelican Bay State Prison to get a view inside. KPCC's Julie Small was one of them.

California Assembly examines natural gas line oversight following San Bruno explosion

A state Assembly committee planned a hearing today to examine the California Public Utilities Commission and its oversight of natural gas pipelines. Last year, eight people died when a Pacific Gas and Electric pipeline exploded in the northern California city of San Bruno.

Former House pages try to save program from elimination

Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives announced this week they are ending the nearly 200-year-old House page program. Now, some former pages have started a campaign to keep the program running.

Film archivists find early Hitchcock film

Film archivists say they have gotten a hold of part of a 1923 silent movie called "The White Shadow." It's considered to be the first feature film Alfred Hitchcock ever worked on.

Brother of farmworkers union's Cesar Chavez dies, 81

United Farm Workers union leader Richard Chavez has died. The 81-year-old brother of civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez and longtime partner of activist Dolores Huerta died in Bakersfield, following complications in surgery.

Former South Vietnam Premier Nguyen Cao Ky dies

Nguyen Cao Ky, a former premier of South Vietnam, died over the weekend in Malaysia. He was 80 years old. Ky moved to the United States and built a life in Southern California after the war.

Brown nominates Goodwin Liu to California high court

Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the California state Supreme Court. This follows a GOP filibuster of his confirmation to a federal appeals court.

California teachers begin push for ballot measure to raise taxes on wealthiest 1 percent

The taxes Gov. Jerry Brown pushed so hard to extend have expired. The extension of the income, sales and car taxes were never that popular with voters. Some California teachers are pushing for one tax that does win support in polls. The tax would levy 1 percent from the wealthiest 1 percent.