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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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WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: July 13, 2018

The Morning Shift breaks down the biggest stories of the week in our Friday News Roundup with host Jenn White.

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New Project Wants You To Read Immigrants’ Love Letters To America

Morning Shift talks with Melis Sonmez, the founder of the "From Immigrants" project, which hopes to print 100,000 "love letters" from immigrants to spread around Chicago and other cities.

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WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: July 13, 2018

The Morning Shift breaks down the biggest stories of the week in our Friday News Roundup with host Jenn White.

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How HGTV's 'House Hunters' Highlights Segregation In Chicago

She grooms dogs for a living. He builds art out of tin cans. Their budget? About $1.8 million for a condo in the Gold Coast.

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Sluuuuurp! Getting To The Bottom Of The Plastic Straw Debate

There’s a new front in the Straw Wars and it’s taking place at the world’s most popular coffee house chain. This week, Starbucks announced it will phase out its disposable plastic straws in all its 28,000 stores around the world by 2020. The move follows Seattle’s total ban on plastic straws and utensils amid growing concern and awareness about how these little plastic drinking tubes are wreaking havoc on the environment- specifically our water world.So how big is the problem? When did plastic straws take over the world? And can they and should they be totally eliminated? Morning Shift takes a look at the impact the ban could have on businesses going forward. 

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Who Is Brett Kavanaugh? A Look At Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been "groomed" for decades as a potential candidate for the Supreme Court, according to constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley.

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Meet The Top 4 Contenders For The Supreme Court

Who’s on the president’s shortlist of nominees? A legal expert breaks down the political pros and cons of the four most likely candidates.

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Chicago Producer-DJ Out To Save Decades’ Worth Of Chicago Music

Jerome Derradji is a local DJ and music producer whose latest project could serve as a musical snapshot to Chicago’s club world of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

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Summer Vacation Means Fewer Dependable Meals For Hungry Kids

In Illinois, 1 in 6 children are food insecure, which means they don’t have enough to eat, and don’t know where their next meal is coming from. For some, the daily school lunch is their only dependable meal in a day. But what happens when school is out for the summer? Some districts are trying to ease the burden, including Chicago Public Schools which offers free lunch for children through Aug. 24. 

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Chicago Cycling Advocates’ Wishlist For Transportation Safety

Every Monday throughout this summer, the Morning Shift is examining the issue of traffic fatalities and pedestrian and cyclist deaths, and talks to experts on what Chicago can do better.

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WBEZ’s Chicago and Illinois News Roundup: June 29, 2018

Need a recap of week's news? The Morning Shift's Weekly News Roundup helps put it in perspective.

Morning Shift

WBEZ’s Chicago and Illinois News Roundup: June 29, 2018

Need a recap of week's news? The Morning Shift's Weekly News Roundup helps put it in perspective.

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What Does Latest SCOTUS Ruling Mean For Future Of Public Sector Unions In Illinois?

Supreme Court dealt a major blow to public sector unions with Janus vs. AFSCME ruling. What does that mean for a strong union city like Chicago?

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What You Need To Know About The Supreme Court Travel-Ban Decision

The Supreme Court of the United States upheld the controversial travel ban, 5-4, a major win for the Trump White House.

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The Supreme Court: Free Speech Versus Reproductive Rights

A Supreme Court ruling centers on a California law aimed at anti-abortion clinics.

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Chicago Teachers Union Powerhouse Karen Lewis Steps Down

Longtime president Karen Lewis of the Chicago Teachers Union--a Goliath of a union in an already strong union city--announced late last week that she will be stepping down from her position amid health concerns. Lewis is moving aside for new leadership, 8 years after first being elected as union leader. Longtime member and president Karen Lewis of the Chicago Teachers Union—a Goliath of a union in an already strong union city—announced late last week that she will be stepping down from her position amid health concerns. Lewis is moving aside for new leadership, eight years after first being elected as union leader.She led the union during a particularly splintered time, and went on to lead the CTU on a 10-day strike in September 2012, the first teachers strike in 25 years. Lewis has a reputation as being a tough negotiator. One of those who sat across the table from Lewis in contract negotiations during her tenure was Jim Franczek, the longtime labor attorney for Chicago Public Schools. Despite being Lewis's one-time adversary, Franczek says he has nothing but respect for the outgoing CTU president. He stopped by the Morning Shift to talk about Karen Lewis's legacy, and the future of the CTU without her at the helm. 

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Trump Scraps Great Lakes Protections: What Now?

President Trump is in a "war on the Great Lakes," according to Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center.

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Your Guide To The Farmers Market

Morning Shift goes live from the SOAR Farmers Market with tips for picking delicious produce. Plus, how to start your own organic garden.

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Chicago Has Music Festivals Galore. Are We Cool With That?

From Pitchfork to Lollapalooza to Riot Fest, we bring you a survivor's guide to Chicago's summer music festivals.

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Dad-isms: Jokes and Lessons Our Fathers Taught Us

Whether it’s a bad dad joke, a funny saying or a life lesson, you can always depend on a dad to impart at least some words of wisdom or humor to their kids.

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