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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. 

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See, Hear, Eat, And Write Poetry: Things To Do This Weekend

Easter and 4/20 are all rolled into one weekend. Celebrate!

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Illinois To Receive $15 Million To Fight Opioid Crisis

Illinois is expected to receive an additional $15 million in funding to combat the opioid crisis across the state, after receiving $43.5 million in September 2018.

Morning Shift

Star Wars Celebration: Your Guide To Surviving The Star Wars Convention

Members of the Star Wars fandom have traveled from galaxies far, far away to attend the Star Wars Celebration at McCormick Place.

Morning Shift Podcast

WBEZ's Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: April 12, 2019

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for Morning Shift's Friday News Roundup, where we break down some of the biggest local stories of the week.In this week’s roundup, we’ll pick apart the City Council’s decision to sign off on billions in public subsidies for two mega developments in Chicago.Also on the agenda today: Chicago’s inspector general slamming the police department over its gang database. And we'll also discuss the police board deciding whether to fire four officers in connection with the Laquan McDonald shooting.What else happened this week? You'll have to press "PLAY" to hear. Our panel includes Daily Line managing editor and City Hall reporter Heather Cherone, Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell and ProPublica Illinois reporter and columnist Mick Dumke.

Morning Shift Podcast

Can Chicago Take Back Its Streets? And The First-Ever Photo Of A Blackhole

In 2008, then-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley signed a $1.15 billion deal to privatize the city’s parking meter system. The 75-year contract has been widely criticized by transportation advocates who say certain contract provisions restrict the city’s ability to manage its own streets.Transportation and urban planning expert Sam Kling joins the Morning Shift to share his recommendations for how the incoming Lightfoot administration can change the parking meter deal.

Morning Shift Podcast

Lori Lightfoot On Lincoln Yards, Executive Orders, And Priorities For Her First 100 Days

One week ago today, Chicago voted in former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot as the city’s new mayor. She’ll take office May 20. But so far, she’s been busy, whether that’s throwing out the first pitch on opening days for the Cubs and White Sox, meeting with Mayor Emanuel’s finance team for a better look at the city’s fiscal problems, or urging the delay of a major City Council vote on the controversial Lincoln Yards project. Morning Shift checks in with the mayor-elect about how she’s preparing to take office, and what her priorities will be when she does.

Morning Shift

Lightfoot Mum On Lincoln Yards Next Steps

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot said she’s still looking for answers Tuesday on the proposed Lincoln Yards megadevelopment.

Morning Shift

Preet Bharara Talks Justice, The Mueller Report And Podcasting

Two years ago, President Trump requested the resignation of 46 United States Attorneys. That’s not unusual for a new president. But some were surprised at how abrupt the move was. Among them was Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara had been the top prosecutor in that office since 2009. During his time there, that team toppled wealthy financial titans through insider trading cases, convicted powerful and corrupt politicians at the New York state capital, jailed terrorists, and more. After leaving the Southern District Office, Bharara has gone on to teach at New York University’s school of law and to host his own podcast -- Stay Tuned With Preet. And now he’s written a book. It’s called: Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment and the Rule of Law. Preet Bharara joins the Morning Shift ahead of his WBEZ event Thursday night.

Morning Shift

Chicago Election Results: A New Mayor, Treasurer, And Some Races That Are Too Close To Call

Morning Shift breaks down what comes next for Chicago after this historic municipal election.

Morning Shift

Open TV Is Telling Diverse, Intersectional Stories

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Morning Shift

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Morning Shift

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Morning Shift

Lightfoot Suggests Eliminating Clerk, Treasurer’s Office

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Morning Shift

Preckwinkle Opposes Term Limits, But Says She’d Only Serve 2

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Morning Shift

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Morning Shift Checks In With Senior G.O.A.T Correspondent Tony Sarabia

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