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 main anchor alongside Rick Folbaum later that year.
Shahbazi was part of the team that won an Emmy covering the Pulse nightclub attack, and was nominated for another 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 also nominated for an Emmy for her coverage from Havana, when President Obama visited Cuba as part of the historic shift in US-Cuba relations. She was later live on the air when Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died.
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 reported on a host of national stories, including wildfires, the mass shootings at LAX and Santa Monica College, the Asiana plane crash in San Francisco and the Academy Awards from Hollywood.
Prior to joining KABC-TV, Shahbazi was a reporter at KNXV-TV in Phoenix, where she covered the US-Mexico border. While there, 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 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, and worked behind the scenes at KTVU-TV in Oakland, California. Before television news, Shahbazi worked on documentaries, including on the award-winning film “King Leopold’s Ghost,” based on the best-selling book by Adam Hochschild. She began her journalism career 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.
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. She has reported from the Jordan-Iraq border, Laos, Thailand and Mexico.
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.