Award-winning journalist Shirin Rajaee is proud to be joining the CBS family. Shirin started with KOVR in October 2015 and anchors the weekend newscasts at 5 and 10pm and reports on weeknights.
Raised in the Los Angeles area, Shirin has family in Northern California and is happy to call Sacramento her new home. “This is an exciting opportunity, living in our state capital and working with such a terrific news team at CBS13. This was simply the perfect fit.”
Before coming to KOVR, Shirin worked for ABC’s KEYT in Santa Barbara and KKFX’s Central Coast News in Santa Maria as the morning news anchor and reporter. She recently won a Golden Mike Award for Best News Reporting. Shirin’s covered a range of stories that include the Isla Vista mass shootings in 2014, the Santa Barbara Oil spill, and election coverage. Her stories have aired on shows such as America this Morning and CNN.
Shirin got her start in news working in production for CNN’s Los Angeles Bureau from 2008-2011. She also anchored an entertainment show for PBC (Persian Broadcasting Company) serving Los Angeles and international audiences.
Shirin is a University of California Los Angeles graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. She furthered her studies through UCLA’s Journalism extension program.
In her free time, she loves to travel and spend time with family and friends. She’s very close with her parents and her younger brother, Sean, who is an Orthopedic Surgery resident in LA. She’s also a foodie, and you’ll probably see her trying new restaurants in town. Anything with live music, and she’s in! Fun fact: Shirin won the local Dancing with the Stars Competition in Santa Barbara in March of 2015 with her high scoring Cha-Cha performance!
Being in the community is important to Shirin. Her way of giving back is dedicating her time to organizations she’s passionate about. She’s been a master of ceremonies for a number of groups including the American Heart Association, the Dream Foundation, Pars Equality, Teddy Bear Cancer Found, The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, The Iranian American Women’s Leadership Foundation. And she now hopes to work with organizations in the Sacramento area.
Shirin’s looking forward to new adventures and can’t wait to start exploring and meeting the community!
Shirin’s recent stories
- Body Camera Video Of In-Custody Death Leaves Family With More QuestionsNewly-released body camera video from Sacramento police is shedding light on the case of a parolee who died while being transported to county jail.
- Elk Grove Parents Say School Officers Using Excessive ForceThis comes at a time when the district is facing a number of issues dealing with race and discrimination against its black student population.
- Viewers Shower Girl With Birthday Cards As She Battles CancerCBS 13 first brought you the story of 3-year-old Grace Lynn Whited last week, and what she wanted were more cards and a pink horse for her birthday. Her family is overwhelmed by your response.
- Hospital Uses DNA Matching To Find Right Fit For Donated Breast MilkMercy San Juan Medical Center is providing the opportunity for parents with premature babies.
- Jessica Morse Advances To Challenge Tom McClintock In California’s 4th DistrictThe incumbent McClintock is facing his strongest challenge in years, but Tuesday's primary saw him get more than 50 percent of the vote.
- Girl Battling Cancer Wants Cards For Her 4th BirthdayGrace Lynn Whited was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma just one month before turning 4. At the end of May, her family noticed something was wrong.
- Don’t Call 911: Black Churches Urging Members To Avoid Run-Ins With PoliceIt's a stand against racism and policing practices and a sign of eroding trust, but some say the bold move is just another wedge between cops and the people they protect.
- Sacramento Man Safe After Alleged Home Invasion KidnappingAmani Marquis Sandoval-Jones was found safe less than 24 hours after the alleged kidnapping. While he's safe, police are searching for the suspect.
- Tensions Rise In Protests Outside GOP Congressman’s Office Ahead Of ElectionA few dozen protesters have been outside Rep. Tom McClintock's office for months, but in recent weeks, anti-protesters have joined the fray.
- Oak Park Brewing Company Closed Over Rodent, Roach ProblemsHealth inspectors found dozens of cockroaches, mice and other rodents in the kitchen at Oak Park Brewing Company.
- 12-Year-Old Speaks Out Against Racism, Bullying At Rocklin SchoolDaniel Pocklington took to the podium on Wednesday night, begging the school board to listen, because e says it hurts more to hold it in.
- Hidden Camera Found In Booth At Folsom Tanning SalonA woman says during a tanning session at Folsom Sun Club, she noticed something that looked like a phone charger. It was something much creepier.
- 5K At Inderkum High All About Helping GirlsMore than 1,000 people took part in Saturday's Girls On the Run 5K event at Inderkum High School. There were 39 teams and nearly 500 girls participating.
- Despite Rising Challenges, Rep. Tom McClintock Believes Seat Is SafeHe's facing stiff competition from former national security strategist Jessica Morse, who has outraised him three quarters in a row.
- Woman Says Her DNA Helped Track Down East Area Rapist SuspectA woman from a small town in Idaho says she helped make a big break in a crime spree that terrified people across California.
- Family Wants Justice For Man Shot While Taking Out TrashClinging to her brother's picture, Mary Thompson is trying to figure out why someone would want to take his life.
- Official Autopsy Of Stephon Clark At Odds With Family’s Private AutopsyThe forensic pathologist hired by Stephon Clark’s family is defending his private autopsy report after the Sacramento County coroner said his findings were erroneous.
- Longshots From The Womb, Northern California Twins Defy The OddsEthan and Dominic Garrity are identical 18-year-old twins. But even before they entered this world, doctors said that they may not make it.
- Who Is Suspected East Area Rapist And Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo?The former cop also worked for 27 years at a Roseville Save Mart distribution center. He retired last year.
- Former Modesto Pastor On Leave Amid Sexual Abuse AllegationsPastor Les Hughey's alleged crimes date back to the 1970s. His accusers span from Modesto to his current church in Arizona that has now placed him on leave.