Rudabeh Shahbazi anchors the weekday evening newscasts on CBS4 at 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 7 pm and 11:00 pm. She also anchors the public affairs show “Focus on South Florida,” airing on WBFS, MyTV33, and can be seen weeknights for news updates during The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She joined WFOR-TV, CBS4 in August, 2015 as a morning anchor, and became the main anchor alongside Rick Folbaum in September, 2015.
Shahbazi was part of the team that won an Emmy for the Pulse nightclub attack, the worst mass shooting in modern American history, and was nominated for an Emmy for coverage of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooting. She was live on the air during Hurricanes Matthew, Irma and Maria, bringing viewers important updates as the storms closed in.
Shahbazi was nominated for another Emmy for her coverage from Havana when President Obama visited Cuba as part of the historic shift in US-Cuba relations. She was later on the air with live coverage and analysis when Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died. She drew on her knowledge of the Southern California market while anchoring live coverage of the San Bernardino terror attack, and kept viewers informed during live coverage of the Paris terror attacks.
As the host of “Focus on South Florida,” Shahbazi interviews newsmakers, entertainers, politicians and leaders of arts and culture in the community.
She is also the face of the series “CBS4’s Mentoring Matters,” which focuses on inspirational South Floridians who make a difference in young people’s lives. As part of the series, she produced and reported the Emmy-nominated documentary “Operation Peacemaker,” about a controversial gun violence prevention program in California that pays known violent offenders not to shoot.
Before joining CBS4, Shahbazi was a reporter and fill-in anchor at KABC-TV in Los Angeles, where she investigated illegal foreclosures and reported on wildfires, the shootings at LAX and Santa Monica College, the Asiana plane crash in San Francisco and the Academy Awards from Hollywood, among a host of other national stories.
Prior to joining KABC-TV, Shahbazi was a reporter at KNXV-TV in Phoenix, where she won an Emmy 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 as evidence in the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Arizona, and was nominated for a political Emmy. Shahbazi was one of the first reporters on the ground in Tucson after the mass shooting and attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and she was the only journalist to interview self-help guru James Ray after his deadly sweat lodge ceremony in Sedona.
Shahbazi was also an education reporter at KEPR-TV in Pasco, Washington. She got her start in television behind the scenes at KTVU-TV in Oakland, California. She started her journalism career at a small weekly newspaper in Malibu, California, and on the award-winning documentary film, “King Leopold’s Ghost,” based on the best-selling book by Adam Hochschild.
Shahbazi graduated from Pepperdine University, where she studied journalism. She holds a Master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. During her graduate studies, Shahbazi covered Iraqi refugees at the Jordan-Iraq border, Hmong refugees in the jungles of Laos and methamphetamine addicts in rural Oregon.
Shahbazi is also an accomplished photographer and editor, with a decade of experience behind the camera. She was the first TV 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.
Ocean Drive Magazine named Shahbazi one of its eight Woman of Influence who are “changing Miami for the better.” She was honored by the Miami New Times as the “Best TV News Anchor” of 2016, and with the CCNN Media Excellence Award for “Best Anchor.”
When she’s not on television, you can find Shahbazi lending her time to numerous other charities and community events. She is a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. Previously, she tutored homeless children in Los Angeles with the non-profit organization School on Wheels.
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