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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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Morning Shift Podcast

Jason Van Dyke Sentenced To 81 Months In Prison

The former Chicago Police officer was sentenced to nearly seven years Friday for the 2014 shooting death of a black teenager.

Morning Shift

Who Is Ald. Ed Burke: A Primer

As Chicago’s longest-serving alderman faces a federal corruption charge, we dive into Ed Burke's political beginnings and how he rose to prominence.

Morning Shift

Local Governments, Charities Brainstorm Ways To Help Furloughed Workers

As furloughed workers continue to feel the strain of the shutdown, local governments, organizations and charities are stepping up to help them make ends meet. Morning Shift checks in with WBEZ reporter Michael Puente and Chicago Tribune’s Robert Channick about which local municipalities and businesses are extending a hand to furloughed federal employees. We also hear from some of the groups on how they’re doing their part during the shutdown.

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How To Spend MLK Day Honoring The Civil Rights Leader’s Legacy

In honor of the late civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has become a national day of service, when millions of people nationwide take part in volunteer projects in their communities. Morning Shift takes a look at what volunteer opportunities are happening in and around Chicago.

Morning Shift

Heads Up: A Super Blood Wolf Moon Is Coming

Space is kicking off 2019 with a big bang. This weekend stargazers can look forward to a convergence of a trio of lunar events culminating in a super blood wolf moon. Morning Shift checks in with Michelle Nichols, the director of public observing at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, on just what the heck a super blood wolf moon is, and other celestial events to watch out for in 2019. She’ll also talk about how the Adler is celebrating its Year of the Moon, including its fittingly-named LunaPalooza.

Morning Shift

What Your Commute Could Look Like In 2019

Morning Shift breaks down the latest Chicago-area transportation initiatives.

Morning Shift

Unique Exhibit Showcases Chicago’s Love Affair With Beer

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Morning Shift

Skip The Cabin Fever And Capture The Wilds of Chicago

For some of us, winter in Chicago has us wanting to stay inside, burrow in our warmest blanket and hibernate for the season. But if you’re getting a little stir crazy, why not try grabbing your camera (or your phone) and exploring some of the best scenes the greater Chicago area has to offer? Nature photographer Mike Macdonald does just that. He’s the author of the book “My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago” and he’s a pro at finding some of the most idyllic spots around, and has some tips for us on how to get outside even if it’s cold, and how to get that picture-perfect shot.

Morning Shift

A Breakdown Of Illinois Laws That Just Went Into Effect

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Morning Shift

'Looking For Lorraine' Explores The Life Of The Author Of 'A Raisin In The Sun'

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Morning Shift Podcast

Beyond The Midnight Countdown: Your New Year Traditions

From wearing yellow underwear for good luck to eating herring for good fortune, listeners share their favorite New Year's traditions from around the world.

Morning Shift

Some Chicago Restaurants Charging More To Cover Health Insurance

Starting this week, Fat Rice in Logan Square will be among the latest restaurant to start charging customers a little extra in order to cover the cost of health insurance for their staff.

Morning Shift

Beyond The Midnight Countdown: Your New Year Traditions

From wearing yellow underwear for good luck to eating herring for good fortune, listeners share their favorite New Year's traditions from around the world.

Morning Shift

Did Hollywood Get More Diverse In 2018?

2018 gave us "Black Panther" and "Crazy Rich Asians," but were these big steps forward big enough? We take a look at the state of diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.

Morning Shift

The Best Comedy Specials Of 2018

At the end of 2018, Morning Shift took a look back on the entertainment world in 2018, including the best the year had to offer in comedy.

Morning Shift

Year In Review: Chicago and IL’s Biggest News And Political Stories Of 2018

The new year is just days away, so Morning Shift is taking the hour to look back at the biggest news stories of 2018 in Chicago and Illinois politics. And there were a bunch: Rahm’s bombshell earlier this summer where he dropped out of the very, very crowded mayoral race, the Jason Van Dyke trial and verdict, the blue wave Illinois saw on Election Day, the most expensive gubernatorial race in history puts JB Pritzker in the governor’s mansion, and longtime alderman Ed Burke’s offices being raided by the feds—twice.There are tons of stories to break down, and to help us take a look at what mattered this year, what it means for 2019 and to give their own predictions are four Chicago journalists: WBEZ’s Carrie Shepherd, WTTW politics reporter Amanda Vinicky, ProPublica Illinois investigative reporter Mick Dumke, and the Daily Line’s Heather Cherone.

Morning Shift Podcast

Year In Review: Chicago and IL’s Biggest News And Political Stories Of 2018

The new yearis just days away, so Morning Shift is taking the hour to look back atthe biggest news stories of 2018 in Chicago and Illinois politics. And therewere a bunch: Rahm’s bombshell earlier this summer where he dropped out of thevery, very crowded mayoral race, the Jason Van Dyke trial and verdict,the blue wave Illinois saw on Election Day, the most expensive gubernatorialrace in history puts JB Pritzker in the governor’s mansion, and longtimealderman Ed Burke’s offices being raided by the feds—twice.There are tonsof stories to break down, and to help us take a look at what mattered thisyear, what it means for 2019 and to give their own predictions are four Chicagojournalists: WBEZ’s Carrie Shepherd, WTTW politics reporter Amanda Vinicky,ProPublica Illinois investigative reporter Mick Dumke, and the Daily Line’sHeather Cherone.

Morning Shift

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Jenn White will take over for Tony Sarabia starting Jan. 7.

Morning Shift

How Many Jobs Has Tony Sarabia Had?

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Morning Shift

A Look At State Of ACA In Illinois Ahead Of Dec. 15 Deadline

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