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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

New Card Game Captures The Ups And Downs of Life On The CTA

What are your top public transit pet peeves? Is it missing your transfer? Is it the manspreading passenger? Or is it the mysterious puddle on the only available seat? If any of this sounds familiar—and if you know how to play Crazy Eights—there’s a new card game just for you, and it aims to capture life on the CTA.

Morning Shift

Michelle Obama Talks About ‘Becoming’ Who She Is Today

WBEZ’s Natalie Moore talked with Michelle Obama about growing up in South Shore, BBQs & thriving in places she once felt she didn't belong.

Morning Shift

The Rise of Racism, Anti-Semitism In Chicago Schools

A 14-year-old student at Oak Park and River Forest High School faces criminal charges after allegedly “air dropping” an image of a swastika to classmates’ iPhones last week. The incident was just the latest in a slew of anti-semitic and racist incidents to crop up in schools in Chicago. Morning Shift talks to Anthony Clark, a community activist and special education teacher at OPRF, about how the school plans to respond to this trend. Lonnie Nasatir, Midwest regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, also joins the conversation to talk about the factors driving this spike in racist incidents.

Morning Shift

100 Women Headed To Congress, Making History

Morning Shift talks with the head of a campaign school for women candidates, and an alum of that school who just won a seat in congress.

Morning Shift

The Morning After: Morning Shift's Elections Special - Pt. II

'Morning Shift' steps out of the studio to host a special two-hour post-election show from Robert Morris University in the Loop. We break down the election results—the winners and losers, the upsets and what this means for residents in Illinois. In front of a live audience, 'Morning Shift' hears from party leaders, politicians, and even some of last night’s winners.

Morning Shift

The Morning After: Morning Shift's Elections Special - Pt. I

Morning Shift steps out of the studio to host a special two-hour post-election show from Robert Morris University in the Loop. We break down the election results—the winners and losers, the upsets and what this means for residents in Illinois. In front of a live audience, Morning Shift hears from party leaders, politicians, and even some of last night’s winners.

Morning Shift

After Putting Chicago On Hollywood’s Map, Film Chief Steps Down

Car chases, buildings on fire, gun fights and truck flips — Chicago has seen it all… at least on set. One of the common sights in Chicago these days are those white movie trailers parked along the streets of the city. For some residents they’re a pain because shooting a film or TV show means parking hassles, for others it's a chance to spot a celebrity or two. For the last 23 years Rich Moskal has been the one in charge of making sure everything runs smoothly when Hollywood descends on the city. But after more than two decades running the Chicago Film Office, Moskal has decided to step down and try something new. He stops by the studio to share his experiences helping build Chicago into a hotspot for film and television. 

Morning Shift

AG Candidate Kwame Raoul Takes Listeners' Questions Ahead Of Election Day

State Senator Kwame Raoul, the Democrat seeking to be Illinois' next Attorney General, stopped by the Morning Shift to field listeners' questions about his top priorities and plans for the Attorney General's Office. 

Morning Shift

Illinois AG candidate Erika Harold Answers Our Questions, Takes Your Calls

The GOP candidate for Illinois Attorney General Stops by the 'Morning Shift' to field listeners' questions.

Morning Shift

City Council Set To Vote On Obama Presidential Center Agreement

Some see the Obama Presidential Center  as a center of hope, a monument to a president who was both transformative and pioneering. Others see it as a possible encroachment in the community of Woodlawn, bringing with it swift displacement of the existing residents and serving as a “bully pulpit” for Democratic politics. Morning Shift checks in with Natalie Moore, WBEZ South Side Bureau reporter for the latest developments with the Center.

Morning Shift

Where Are The Goblins And Ghouls Haunting This Weekend In Chicago?

This weekend, the city is offering something for everyone who wants to get their spook on.

Morning Shift

CoffeeCon Creator Talks Best Brewing Techniques

Is it possible to make the perfect cup of coffee? Kevin Sinnott, Creator of CoffeeCon and lover of all things caffeinated, stops by the 'Morning Shift' with his tips for home brewing.

Morning Shift Podcast

Morning Shift’s Guide to Voting In Illinois

Everything you need to know about how to vote, where to go, and all the other questions you probably wanted to ask.

Morning Shift

Morning Shift's Guide To Voting In Illinois

Morning Shift breaks down everything you need to know about voting in Illinois.

Morning Shift

'Dear Abby' Ignites Firestorm With Advice On Baby Names

Social media users expressed outrage at a recent "Dear Abby" column advising a reader not to give their child a “foreign” name.

Morning Shift

A Look At Sears’ Impact On Chicago’s Cultural History

Sears will close another 142 stores by the end of the year.

Morning Shift

Breaking Down Gubernatorial Candidates’ Plans To Fix Illinois’ Money Problems

From the state’s debt to the pension crisis, one of the biggest issues facing Illinois (and the candidates running for governor) is finances. Where do the gubernatorial candidates stand on the major state finance questions that matter to you? To find out, WBEZ reporters Dave McKinney and Tony Arnold sent a questionnaire to all four candidates vying for the governor’s seat. The questions largely focused on city and state finances and taxes, to better understand which side the candidates fell on issues like a graduated income tax, property taxes, and even expanding casino gambling in the state. WBEZ’s Dave McKinney and Tony Arnold stop by Morning Shift to break down what they found out.

Morning Shift

Give It A Shot: What To Know About Flu Season 2018-2019

Can getting the flu shot give you the flu? No.

Morning Shift

Overlooked Histories of South Side Buildings

A theater defined by its dilapidated grandeur. A mosque styled after a Greek Orthodox church that never was. A dry cleaners that looks like something out of The Jetsons. These are just a few of the overlooked (but no less striking) examples of diverse architecture on the south side of Chicago—and all within two miles of each other. Architecture critic Lee Bey joins 'Morning Shift' to share the stories behind some of the hidden architectural gems of the South Side. 

Morning Shift

Celebrating South Side Artists Of The 1960s and 70s

A new exhibit at the Smart Museum of Art celebrates art movements from Chicago's South Side.

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