Rudabeh Shahbazi anchors the weekday evening newscasts on CBS4 at 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm and 11:00 pm. She also anchors the public affairs show Focus on South Florida, airing Sundays on WBFS, MyTV33. She joined WFOR-TV, CBS4 in August, 2015 as a morning anchor, and became the main anchor alongside Rick Folbaum in September, 2015.
Shahbazi anchored live coverage the historic change in US-Cuba relations alongside Eliott Rodriguez when the American embassy opened in Havana, and was also live on the air during the Paris terror attacks. She drew her knowledge of the Southern California market while anchoring live coverage of the San Bernardino mass shooting.
Since joining Focus On South Florida, Shahbazi has interviewed newsmakers, entertainers, politicians and leaders of arts and culture in the community.
Before joining CBS4, Shahbazi was a reporter and fill-in anchor at KABC-TV in Los Angeles, where she covered a wide range of national stories, including wildfires, the shootings at LAX and Santa Monica College, the Asiana plane crash in San Francisco, and the Academy Awards in Hollywood. While in Southern California, she also investigated illegal foreclosures, helping a family get their home back.
Prior to joining KABC-TV, Shahbazi was a reporter at KNXV-TV in Phoenix, where she received a regional EMMY Award for her coverage of a stranded community waiting for aid after a storm that paralyzed the region. Her continuous coverage of Arizona’s controversial immigration law was used by the federal government in its lawsuit against Arizona, and earned her a political EMMY nomination. She was also nominated for a team coverage EMMY. Shahbazi provided extensive live coverage of the mass shooting in Tucson, after the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and was the only journalist to interview self-help guru James Ray after a deadly sweat lodge ceremony in Sedona.
Shahbazi was also an education reporter at KEPR-TV in Pasco, Washington and worked at KTVU-TV in Oakland, California. She worked on the documentary film “King Leopold’s Ghost,” about war crimes in Congo, a film that took first place in numerous film festivals. She started her journalism career working at a small weekly newspaper in Malibu, California.
Shahbazi graduated from Pepperdine University, where she studied journalism and sociology. She holds a Master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. During her graduate studies, Shahbazi traveled to the Jordan-Iraq border to cover Iraqi refugees, and the jungles of Laos to cover Hmong refugees.
Shahbazi is also an accomplished photographer and editor, with a decade of experience behind the camera, and was the first news reporter in the nation’s second largest television market to shoot and edit her own daily stories. Her work has appeared on ABC, CNN, CBS and PBS.
She is a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, and is the face of the series “CBS4’s Mentoring Matters,” which focuses on inspiring people in the South Florida community who volunteer their time to make a difference in young people’s lives. Shahbazi has been involved with the non-profit organization School on Wheels, serving as a tutor to homeless children in the Los Angeles area, and has volunteered for the American Cancer Society and numerous other charities and community events.
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