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
- Suspected Terrorist Living In Sacramento To Be Tried In Iraq For Killing Former Police OfficerThe government of Iraq has charged Omar Abdulsattar Ameen with premeditated murder that happened during an ISIS takeover of the Rawah District of the Al-Anbar Province.
- Dangerous Intersection Near Rocklin High School Raises ConcernsThe intersection in the spotlight is at Stanford Ranch Road and Crest Drive. Neighbors here say this intersection is notorious for close calls.
- Sacramento Police Issue Foot Pursuit Policy In Wake Of Stephon Clark’s DeathThe controversial chase in the shooting death of Stephon Clark is now paving the way for new policies for Sacramento Police.
- Police: Two Dead In Early Morning Crash And Fight On I-5Police say one of the drivers died in the fight due to blunt trauma and the other was struck by a passing car.
- Proposed Rules Could Harm Benefits For Legal ImmigrantsSome immigration attorneys say if this policy is implemented it would be the most significant change to legal immigration in decades.
- Sikh Community Rallies For Man Beaten In Manteca ParkOutrage and fear are mounting in one Manteca neighborhood after an elderly Sikh man was attacked in broad daylight.
- Black Lives Matter Protesters Crash Wedding Of Cop Linked To Stephon Clark ShootingProtesters with Black Lives Matter say they've planned the protest since finding out about the wedding of one of the officers who shot Stephon Clark to death in March.
- Bumper Fire, Omega Fire Prompt Evacuations In El Dorado CountyAn evacuation center is at 3734 China Garden Way at the Diamond Springs Firemans Hall.
- Life-Saving Technology Offers A Beacon Of Hope In Missing Persons CasesRescuers credit GPS tracking technology with saving a hiker's life in Lake Tahoe.
- Bear Break-Ins Have Lake Tahoe Homeowners Considering Electric FencesCompanies that install electric fencing technology have gotten a huge spike in calls for service just in the last few weeks.
- Heat Revives Memories Of 2017 Cow Deaths Across StateHank Van Exel has been milking cows his whole life and seen a fair share of heat waves, but last year proved to be one of the worst.
- Planned Yuba County Casino Adds One More To Crowded CompetitionThe casino planned near the Toyota Amphitheater in Wheatland will bring the Hard Rock name to an area with many casinos nearby.
- Modesto Renters Say Landlords Aren’t Doing EnoughThe majority of landlords take care of their rentals, but there are still hundreds of families left in unhealthy conditions, and the city is planning on stepping up inspections.
- Did Nearby Fires Cause Mystery Rashes?With grass fires popping up in that area over the last few weeks many wondered if poison oak could be a cause.
- Civilian Deaths In California Police Shootings Rose In 2017In Del Paso Heights, where Joseph Mann was shot and killed two years ago this week by Sacramento Police, the community is still healing.
- Outrage Builds Over Bills That Would Shift Cost Of Wildfires From PG&EThere are two proposed bills going through the state Capitol that some say would allow PG&E to get out of paying for the damage.
- County: Elevated E. Coli Levels On Lower American River Not A Major ConcernAs dozens of families celebrate the July 4 holiday along the American river, there's a warning about high levels of E. coli bacteria contamination
- Marysville Boy Saves Family From House FireIf it wasn't for the quick thinking of 9-year-old Luke the outcome could have been much worse.
- County Fire, Pawnee Fire Putting Strain On Firefighting ResourcesMore than 2,000 fire personnel from up and down the state are working to establish control lines often with little chance to sleep
- Yuba City Home Hit By Car For Fourth TimeThe crash happened late Monday night just before 11 p.m., and no one was hurt. But neighbors in the community were left shaken.