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Meha Ahmad

Meha Ahmad

Producer, The Morning Shift

Meha Ahmad is a producer for WBEZ’s The Morning Shift. Before making the switch to radio and coming to WBEZ, Meha worked for the international news outlet Al Jazeera in Washington, D.C. as a news and field producer. There she covered everything from arts and entertainment to U.S. foreign policy to race relations in America. After five years of covering Washington politics, Meha joined the Morning Shift team to help foster conversations that affect her hometown.

Meha holds a B.A. in journalism from Columbia College Chicago. A native of the southwest suburbs, she now calls Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood home and is on the hunt for the city’s best tacos. 

Recent Stories

Morning Shift

Is Chicago Ready For A Third Mayor Daley?

Daley is related to two former Chicago mayors. This week he announced his own candidacy for the job, and spoke with WBEZ's Tony Sarabia.

Morning Shift

Can The Racial Makeup Of A Jury Impact The Outcome Of A Trial?

It makes more of a difference than you may think.

Morning Shift

Chicago Poet Explores Identity, Food, and Chicago In Solo Debut

In his debut book, Citizen Illegal, Jose Olivarez uses poetry to address everything from feelings of identity and race — to a love of food.

Morning Shift

Vocalo To Pay Tribute To Chicago’s First Black-Owned Radio Station

“The Soul of Chicago”— that was the tagline for Chicago’s first black-owned radio station, WJPC, back when it first got its start 45 years ago in May 1973. Those call letters JPC standing for the owners of the station: Johnson Publishing Company, who also owned Ebony and Jet magazines. WJPC isn’t around anymore, so Vocalo’s Reclaimed Soul host Ayana Contreras stops by Morning Shift to take listeners on a trip down Chicago radio memory lane to pay tribute to WJPC.

Morning Shift

CPS Starts School On Stable Ground, But Can It Last Without Rahm?

Tuesday marks one week since the first day of school for thousands of Chicago Public School students, so how’s it been going so far? And how does Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pending departure impact CPS and his goal of free full-time preschool for all four-year-olds? Morning Shift takes a look at the state of Chicago Public Schools, and what Rahm Emanuel's departure means for the future of the district's education initiatives.

Morning Shift Podcast

Van Dyke Trial Gets Underway With Jury Selection

Dozens of people — from a pool of 200 potential jurors — will be questioned by attorneys on both sides in the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke trial this week.

Morning Shift

Van Dyke Trial Gets Underway With Jury Selection

Dozens of people — from a pool of 200 potential jurors — will be questioned by attorneys on both sides in the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke trial this week.

Morning Shift

Behind The Scenes Of A Face Transplant

Katie Stubblefield, 21, is the youngest recipient of a full face transplant, helping to advance this field of medical study and operation. The journey was documented for more than a year by National Geographic.

Morning Shift

Top Takeaways From SCOTUS Nominee Hearings

Morning Shift breaks down what you need to know about the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Morning Shift

WBEZ Special Coverage: A Look At Rahm Emanuel's Record, And What's Next

On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that he would not be running for a third term as mayor, stunning the political establishment in Chicago and the 11 challengers lined up against him in the mayoral race. What does his decision mean for the city of Chicago when it comes to public safety, education, the economy...and the 2019 mayor’s race?

Morning Shift

‘America To Me’ Examines Racial Equity at Oak Park And River Forest High

A new 10-part documentary about racial equity and inequity at a Chicago-area high school premiered on the premium cable channel Starz on August 26.  “America To Me” was filmed at Oak Park and River Forest High, a west suburban school known for its progressive values. The student population at OPRF is 55 percent white, 27 percent black, 9 percent Latino, 6 percent biracial and 3 percent Asian. Morning Shift checks in with film director Steve James, segment director Kevin Shaw, and student Charles Donalson, who is featured in the series.  

Morning Shift

Protesters, Police, And Politicians. Chicago’s Infamous Democratic National Convention Turns 50

In 1968, presidential delegates, anti-war protesters, and journalists converged on Chicago for an event that came to represent the country's turmoil.

Morning Shift

WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: August 24, 2018

Jenn White hosts the Friday News Roundup on WBEZ.

Morning Shift

Alderman To Consider Borrowing Plan For Pension Funds

The city has tens of billions of dollars in pension liability.

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Morning Shift Teams Up With WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show On Traffic Safety

One year into Chicago’s Vision Zero pedestrian safety program, the results are a mixed bag.

Morning Shift

Senior Curator Naomi Beckwith Brings New Vision to MCA

America’s top art museums and galleries have, by and large, ignored people of color from artists and curators to senior leadership. But now the tide is changing, and more and more mainstream museums are looking to include more people of color in an effort to attract more diverse visitors.Earlier this month, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago promoted Naomi Beckwith to senior curator. She joins guest host Kyra Kyles to talk about her exciting new role, her vision for the MCA and diversity in the arts.

Morning Shift

As Chicagoans Dominate Reality TV, A Look At The Genre's Effect On Viewers

A new study from the London School of Economics says reality TV is making us less sympathetic people.

Morning Shift

Former Backup Singer Remembers The Queen Of Soul: 'I Wanted To Be Aretha Franklin'

Joan Collaso sang backup vocals for Aretha Franklin in 2016.

Morning Shift

Digging Into Aretha Franklin’s Detroit Gospel Roots

Soul diva Aretha Franklin came up in the gospel tradition of 1950s Detroit.

Morning Shift

Chicago Musicians Remember Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin

Morning Shift honors soul icon Aretha Franklin with a special two-hour tribute celebrating her life, music and legacy.

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