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
- Hospitals See Success With Programs Aimed At Spotting Sex TraffickingThe success is not only in the training, but the quality of care that follows through Dignity’s Safe Haven clinic where trafficking victims are treated as part of their road to recovery.
- Racism At Center Of Large Elk Grove School District MeetingThe problems stem from a disturbing Snapchat video went viral showing a student in the Elk Grove district making racist remarks against the black community,
- Lottery Brings Hope For Low-Income Families Facing Sacramento’s Rising RentsStarting Tuesday night, thousands of people in Sacramento County will be taking a chance on a lottery for subsidized housing.
- As Wet Weather Continues, Parts Of Yuba County Still Recovering From Last Winter’s StormsThe first major storm of the year brought recording-breaking rain to the region. And while preparations are underway for the next big weather system, many communities are still reeling from last Winter’s storm damage.
- Open Forum Held To Decide On New Women’s Varsity Athletic Team At UC DavisDAVIS (CBS13) – The buzz surrounding a new women’s varsity team at UC Davis is growing. The university’s female student population has significantly increased, making room for new opportunities for women in the athletics department. “Its an exciting opportunity for us as a university and athletics department,” said Eric Bankston, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. […]
- Snowboarder Remembered For Impact He Had On Everyone Around HimDavid Karlin, 23, had big dreams to become a lawyer. While his life was cut short, his parents say the impact he's left is remarkable.
- California Assemblyman Resigning Over Sexual Harassment AllegationsAssemblyman Matt Dababneh says he's stepping aside to fight to clear his name and not be a distraction for the legislature.
- Clinic No Longer Cares? Name Change Raises Concerns Among HIV CommunityThe Center for AIDS Research and Education, also known as Cares Community Health Clinic, is changing its name and re-focusing its brand.
- Parents Call Out School District Over Potentially Toxic Carpet In WoodlandParents in Woodland are concerned over potentially toxic carpet in their children's classrooms, and several parents claim the fumes from the newly installed carpet have made their kids sick.
- Children In Low-Income Families At Risk Of Losing Health InsuranceA health insurance program that covers nine million low-income children across the country is running out of money.
- Local Egyptian Community Reacts To Devastating Terrorist AttackSACRAMENTO – As gunmen opened fire on worshipers inside an Egyptian mosque Friday, panic spread throughout communities with many worried about loved ones. “I couldn’t believe it, I was shaking. I was so scared, I couldn’t believe this is happening, the number of deaths was horrific, it was so high,” said Folsom resident Basma Marmosh. […]
- One Year Later, Uber Comes Clean On Hack Affecting 57 Million PeopleThe massive breach took place in 2016, and the ride-sharing company tried to cover it up for more than a year, paying the hackers to delete the stolen data.
- Program Helps Connect At-Risk Kids With A Better PathMayor Michael Tubbs is helping bring the program to Stockton, hoping to make the city a place where everyone can succeed.
- Race Against Time: Travis AFB Joins International Search For Missing SubmarineThe search continues for a missing submarine thought to have sunk hundreds of miles off the coast of Argentina, and with 44 crew members on board, it’s a race against time.
- Rio Linda Man Rescued Three Days After 200-Foot Fall Down CliffAaron Clark was hiking the Bay Area trail in Vallejo Saturday afternoon when he stopped to look over the edge and slipped and fell.
- Synagogues, Mosques Getting Federal Help As Hate Crimes RiseTemple Or Rishon, a Jewish synagogue in Orangevale recently targeted by vandals, is one of the recipients of this nationwide grant program.
- Route 91 Festival Survivors Return To Vegas To Heal From TragedyA Roseville woman who survived the horrific Las Vegas shooting is on a mission to bring healing to other survivors.
- Group Calling National Anthem Lyrics Racist, Anti-BlackThey argue some interpretations conclude that the lyrics celebrate the deaths of black American slaves fighting for freedom.
- Woman Who Survived Vegas Shooting, Lost Home To October Wildfire Credits Friends, Family For Helping Her CopeMichella Flores says she still hasn't fully come to terms with what she's faced from surviving a shooter to outrunning the flames, but she's staying strong.
- Baby Justice’s Father Pleads No Contest To Involuntary ManslaughterThe case was supposed to go to trial later this week, but his plea will get him at least 6 years in prison.