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
- Singer With Sacramento Roots Opened For Ariana Grande In ManchesterVictoria Monet used to dance at Step One Dance Studios in a professional hip-hop group known as the Boogie Monsters.
- Trump Threats, Minimum Wage, Overtime Hitting California Farmers HardThe state has been struggling with this farm labor shortage issue for years, but it's gotten to a point where farmers are fed-up.
- Who Should Wear The Badge? A Critical Look At What Goes Into Law Enforcement HiringPolice work has never been more scrutinized as it is today and choosing the right officer has become more important than ever.
- App Helps Track West Sacramento Homeless To Improve OutreachThe city has partnered with two engineers out of the Bay Area-- to launch an app called Appledore-- that is meant to be a game changer when it comes to how the city directs services to those in need.
- Broadway Closing Sunday Morning For Street FairOne of Sacramento's main thoroughfares is about to see a major transformation this weekend.
- Former Sacramento Sheriff Withdraws From Picnic Day Review After Remarks On Radio ShowDavis City Councilman Will Arnold says comments McGinness made on his radio show last week regarding African-Americans, could hurt the investigation.
- Friends, Family Mourn Yuba College Student After Her Body Is IdentifiedYellow ribbons lined the streets of Gridley near the Starbucks where Aly Yeoman used to work. It was a symbol of hope that she would be found alive
- Local Houses of Worship Becoming Sanctuary CongregationsHundreds of houses of worship around the country are standing up for undocumented immigrants in light of President Trump's executive orders on immigration.
- Families Mourn 3 Killed In Highway 160 CrashA tragic crash off Highway 160 that left three people dead on Sunday night has left families in mourning.
- Fight Against Human Trafficking Extends To HospitalsThe victims of human trafficking often pass right by us and no one knows and no one helps.
- Missing Yuba College Student’s Mom Breaks SilenceIt's been nearly a month since Aly went missing, and now in an exclusive interview with CBS 13's Shirin Rajaee, her mother's desperate plea to bring her daughter home.
- Gun Owners Looking To Abide By New Law Can’t Register Assault RiflesGun owners looking to abide by the new California laws are hitting a major road block.
- Vacaville Residents Disturbed By Arson And Possible Hate CrimeMonday night, a car parked on Williams street near Merchant went up in flames in front of a Vacaville gas station. Investigators soon realized the vandals had left a disturbing message.
- Air Force Pilot Defies Odds, Returns To The Skies After Fight With CancerIt's been a long journey for Major Matthew Bartomeo. But for the first time in 26 months, Bartemeo got to fly his C-5 plane-- the Air Force's largest aircraft, and he was all smiles
- Police Searching For Leads After Missing College Student’s Truck, Cellphone FoundAccording to Gridley police, she was visiting a male friend. That friend was Mike Lizarraga, a small business owner and music artist in Gridley who apparently was hosting a few people at his place that night including Yeoman.
- Truck Found, But No Sign Of Missing Yuba College Student Ali YeomanThe truck a Yuba College student was driving before she went missing has been found, but there is no sign of Ali Yeoman.
- 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.