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 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 was part of the team that won an Emmy for the Pulse nightclub attack, the worst mass shooting in American history. She was live on the air during Hurricane Matthew, bringing viewers important updates as the storm closed in, narrowly missing South Florida. 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 documentary, “Operation Peacemaker,” about a controversial gun violence prevention program in California that pays known violent offenders not to shoot, and examined whether a similar strategy could help curb gun violence in South Florida.
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 by the federal government in its lawsuit against Arizona, and earned her a political EMMY nomination. Shahbazi was one of the first reporters on the ground in Tucson after the mass shooting and attempted assassination of US Representative 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. 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 documentary film, “King Leopold’s Ghost,” based on the best-selling book by Adam Hochschild.
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 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 also honored by the Miami New Times as the “Best TV News Anchor” of 2016. In 2017 she was honored with the CCNN Media Excellence Award for “Best Anchor.”
Shahbazi 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. When she’s not on television, you can find her lending her time to numerous other charities and community events.
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