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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

Group Aims To Connect Parents Of Special Needs Children With Flexible Jobs

Working parents know how difficult it is to juggle caring for their children while trying to also be a model employee in the workplace.For parents of children with special needs, however, the balancing act can be even more complicated, with many employers blind to the challenges or unable to provide flexible schedules for parents.That’s where LaKia Colquitt steps in.Her group, Promoted Parent, works to connect parents of special needs children with jobs that fit their and their children’s needs.

Morning Shift

Poet Kevin Coval’s Newest Work Looks At Gentrification In Wicker Park

Kevin Coval’s new book “Everything Must Go” celebrates the Wicker Park he knew as a young artist, and examines the evolution of a gentrifying neighborhood.

Morning Shift

WBEZ’s Illinois and Chicago News Roundup: September 13, 2019

Catch up on the week's top local news stories during Morning Shift’s Friday News Roundup.

Morning Shift

Cities Are The Hub For Climate Action

"The story is not yet over," said Lynn Scarlett, vice president of policy and government relations at the Nature Conservancy.

Morning Shift

WBEZ’s Illinois and Chicago News Roundup: September 6, 2019

From Mayor Lightfoot's Twitter war with Sen. Ted Cruz to the authorized release of new documents in the Laquan McDonald case, this is the Friday News Roundup.

Morning Shift

Cook County Prosecutors Decline To File Charges In About 1 In Every 5 Murder Cases

Chicago Police have made an arrest in just 35 percent of murders between 2011 and 2018.

Morning Shift

Pritzker Wants To Sell Thompson Center, Preservationists Want To Save It

Landmarks Illinois supports the sale but wants Gov. Pritzker to include a requirement of retention and reuse so it won't be demolished.

Morning Shift

The Movie That Made Me: ‘I Named My Daughter After Scarlett’ From Gone With The Wind

Leslé Honoré talks about the impact the 1939 film “Gone With The Wind” had on her, from how she viewed black representation in film to women's agency.

Morning Shift

A Second Look At Our Conversation With CPS Chief Janice Jackson

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson answered WBEZ listener questions on Tuesday.

Morning Shift

One-On-One With Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson

With days until CPS' first day of school and a month until a possible teacher’s strike, CPS CEO Janice Jackson stops by the Morning Shift.

Morning Shift

Stakeholders Weigh In On Lightfoot’s First 100 Days

After homeless advocates accused the mayor of “business-as-usual politics,” some stakeholders are also expressing cautious concern.

Morning Shift

CEO Who Brought Stability To Chicago Housing Authority Resigns

The head of the Chicago Housing Authority, Eugene Jones Jr., unexpectedly resigned late Tuesday after four-and-a-half years on the job. The CHA—one of the largest public housing authorities in the country—will now be without three of its leading positions. In addition to Jones resigning as CEO, board chair John Hooker resigned last month and former chief of staff Jose Alvarez resigned earlier this year. The loss in leadership echoes back to the days before Jones took over as CEO: between 1999 and 2014, CHA had a whopping eight CEOs, the kind of changeover that led to inconsistency and instability in the authority. In an emailed statement, Mayor Lightfoot said the search for his replacement will begin immediately. Morning Shift checks in with WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore and J.R. Fleming, an anti-eviction activist and executive director of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign. 

Morning Shift

Why Chicago Teens Congregate Downtown In Huge Crowds

We discuss the “trends” or meetups organized on social media that lead to large gatherings of teens in downtown Chicago.

Morning Shift

Englewood Nonprofit Expands Its 'Peace Campus' With New Family Resource House

I Grow Chicago's growing community resource hub is located on the 6400 block of South Honore Street.

Morning Shift

The Movie That Made Me: Finding A Voice In “The King’s Speech”

A master storyteller talks about overcoming a speech impediment, and seeing his own story in the 2010 film "The King's Speech."

Morning Shift

Chicago Institutions Talk The Importance Of Preserving Culture

Morning Shift talks to members of three Chicago-area organizations that were awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Morning Shift

Project Lifeline Helps Youth Go From Juvenile Court to College

For the past 28 years, in partnership with the Juvenile Court of Cook County, Project Lifeline has worked to provide financial assistance, mentorship, and other support services for young people who have had interactions with the juvenile justice system. The goal of the program is to help these young people earn college degrees or professional certifications that can help them establish a more promising future. Tom Schneider is the volunteer director of Project Lifeline.

Morning Shift

A Primer On Those Fighter Jets At The Air And Water Show

Have you ever seen a biplane do a loop-the-loop? How about a F-22 Raptor pull off a barrel roll?Not sure what those are? Neither are we. But you’ll get your chance to see it up close this weekend.On Saturday and Sunday, an estimated two million people will flock to rooftops, bars, parks and beaches along the lakeshore to catch Chicago’s famous Air and Water Show.The show is free to the public and has been thrilling Chicago for more than 60 years. This weekend, crowds will watch performances that include the UK’s Royal Air Force, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, and, of course, the ever-popular Blue Angels.But beyond a few aerial tricks, just what can those military aircrafts do?Dr. Rob Havers, military historian and president of the Pritzker Military Museum, stops by the studio to break down the kinds of aircraft that will be showing off this weekend. We’ll also hear from Herb Hunter, “the voice” of the Air & Water Show. 

Morning Shift

Youth Poetry Awards Honors Legacy Of IL Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks

'If young people aren't involved, then it's not about Gwendolyn Brooks," said Nora Brooks Blakely, daughter of poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

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Chicago’s Bud Billiken Parade Rings In 90th Year This Weekend

The Bud Billiken Parade returns to Martin Luther King Drive for its 90th anniversary on Saturday.

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