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
- Heated Immigration Debate With ICE Director Draws HundredsTuesday night's planned open forum was hosted by Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones who had invited the acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan to speak to concerned citizens.
- Immigration Forum With ICE Director Drawing Criticism In SacramentoThis is the first time the acting director of ICE will be traveling to a city and partnering with the sheriff's department to speak about immigration enforcement both on a federal and local level.
- Sacramento Man Accused Of Stealing From Davis Kids KlubPolice say Mark Roberts allegedly insisted the payments be made in cash, delivered to him in a sealed envelope or a money order, made out to "Davis Kids Klub."
- Spring Thunderstorms Turn To Treacherous Snowy Scenes In SierraCaltrans says with the thunderstorms we've been seeing, it sets things up for treacherous road conditions.
- Stockton Prepares To Host NCAA Women’s Basketball TournamentFor the first time Stockton will host the NCAA women's basketball tournament that's set to draw thousands to the city.
- Fiery Plane Crash Leaves Modesto Man’s Family In MourningLeon Schaffer, 78 of Modesto, was the only person on board the single-engine plane when it came crashing down onto his pickup truck parked in front of his hangar.
- Modesto Family Terrified To Visit Victim After Freeway BeatingVideo shows a biker gang surrounding a car, then beating Alex Quintana. The violence has his family wondering if they'll be safe just making the trip to see their loved one.
- Good Samaritan Shields Teen Following Horrific Crash In FairfieldA Good Samaritan ran to the side of a young woman after a horrific crash on Interstate 80 that almost took the teen's life.
- Parents, Students Rally For Elk Grove High Football CoachHis resignation came amid allegations surrounding the construction of a team shed that the district says was not built to code.
- Businesses Planning For A Day Without A WomanThe organizers of the Women's March on Washington are finalizing plans for the A Day Without a Woman strike happening on Wednesday.
- Deadly Accidents Prompt 11-Year-Old To Fight For Safer Highway 49The sixth-grader was inspired by the deaths of two Bear River High School students last December. In two months, there have been five fatalities on the road between Grass Valley and Auburn.
- Financial Aid Applications By Undocumented Students Drop In CaliforniaBrenda is an undocumented immigrant, who grew up in Davis, and is now a sophomore at Sac City College with some real fears when it comes to applying for financial aid through the California Dream Act.
- Passport Centers Overwhelmed As Immigration Enforcement Ramps UpCandy and her husband Jack say it's been a frustrating five days. They say long lines have wrapped around the passport center in Modesto on Paradise Road for the last few weeks.
- Slam Poets From UC Davis Head To International CompetitionFifteen Sacramento-area students competed in a poetry slam competition Saturday; seven of those students are now headed to an international stage.
- Sierra Snow Brings Power Outages From Blue Canyon To Lake TahoePower has been flickering in and out for the last few days so Lodge Manager Peter Lehmkuho has had to limit electricity, heat and hot water.
- CHP Motorcycle Officer Dies In Crash During PursuitThe crash happened at the intersection of Fruitridge and Stockton boulevards at around 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday.
- Rare Releases From Don Pedro Spillway Reach ModestoThe Tuolumne River continues to swell with the opening of the Don Pedro spillway. The river rose above flood stage Tuesday, and the city of Modesto is seeing some of that impact.
- Leukemia And Lymphoma Society’s Boy And Girl Of The Year Inspire HopeTen-year-old Emma Geiselman has had a long and painful journey, but you wouldn't know it by just looking at her.
- Don Pedro Spillway Opens For First Time Since 1997, Prompting Downstream FearsCurtain says depending on inflows and the storm system, they'll be releasing water at 18,000 to 38,000 ft.³ per second. That water will then be swelling the Tuolumne River.
- Crews Readying For Wet Weather At Damaged Oroville Dam SpillwayOfficials continue to release water from the reservoir at 100,000 cubic feet per second. By Wednesday night the lake level fell an additional 5 feet and is now 26 feet below the emergency spillway.