Rudabeh Shahbazi anchors the weekday evening newscasts on CBS4 at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. 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 CBS4 in 2015 as a morning anchor and transitioned to evenings later that year.
Since arriving in Miami, Shahbazi won an Emmy for coverage of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, and was nominated for Emmys for her coverage of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport shooting, a controversial crime-prevention program in California that pays known violent offenders to refrain from gun violence, former President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba and the Parkland school massacre. She was live on the air for continuous coverage during Hurricanes Matthew, Irma and Maria, and the day 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.
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.
Shahbazi was also a reporter at KNXV-TV in Phoenix, where she covered the US-Mexico border. 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, SB 1070, 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 started as an education reporter at KEPR-TV in Pasco, Washington, and worked behind the scenes at KTVU-TV in Oakland, California. Before television news, she worked on documentaries, including on the award-winning film “King Leopold’s Ghost.” She began her journalism career at a small weekly newspaper in Malibu, California.
Shahbazi has a BA in journalism from Pepperdine University and an MA from the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
She 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. Her reporting has taken her around the country, as well as to the Jordan-Iraq border, Laos, Thailand, Mexico and Cuba.
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” and with the CCNN Media Excellence Award for “Best Anchor.”
When she’s not on television, you can find her lending her time to numerous other charities and community events. She is a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami and a member of the International Women’s Forum.