Who is Shirin Rajaee?
Shirin Rajaee was born on 17 January 1982, in the United States of America, and is a broadcast journalist, best known for her work with KOVR CBS 13 – better known as CBS Sacramento – where she is the weekend news anchor for their 5pm and 10pm broadcasts.
The Net Worth of Shirin Rajaee
How rich is Shirin Rajaee? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $300,000, earned through a successful career as a broadcast journalist. She’s covered numerous high profile news stories over the course of her career, and as she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Shirin was raised alongside a brother, to whom she is very close to. They grew up in the Los Angeles area, and she was taught how to speak Farsi and a little bit of Spanish thanks to her family, being of part-Persian descent, and retained some of their traditions despite growing up in the US. It is not known how or when she discovered her passion for broadcasting, but after matriculating from high school, she enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
She took up a degree in Mass Communication and after completing her bachelor’s in 2004, she proceeded to further her studies through enrolling at the University of California Journalism extension program. This increased her credentials even further, and during her time there, she gained her very first professional experience as an intern for the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) based in Burbank, which allowed her to gain exposure with one of the major news networks in the country, and to easily transition to a broadcasting job after completing her studies.
Rise to Fame – CNN
In 2008, Rajaee began working for Cable News Network (CNN) in their Los Angeles Bureau, serving as an assignment editor and associate producer for the company. CNN was the first television channel to provide 24 hour news coverage, and the first all-news television channel in the US. The Los Angeles Bureau is one of the locations where CNN studies are located, and according to statistics, their programming can be viewed in over 212 countries and territories.
During her time there, she helped produce shows such as “Larry King Live”, a talk show hosted by Larry King, and the most watched and longest running program on CNN, which aired from 1985 to 2010. She also did production work for “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell” which is known for spotlighting many issues such as political and celebrity controversies. She is often joined by five or six guests, and was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award but was cancelled by CNN in 2014 due to continuing budget cuts the company instituted due to reorganization of the company. She also worked on the program “Showbiz Tonight”.
While working in CNN, Shirin started anchoring a PBC entertainment show, for which she had to travel to Calabasas, California. In 2011, she left CNN and began working for News Channel 3, where she continued to do anchoring duties for the network’s “Midday News” in which she appeared alongside Joe Buttitta. She also worked for KKFX’s Central Coast News based in Santa Maria, doing morning broadcasts, and afterwards began working for the ABC affiliate KEYT based in Santa Barbara.
Eventually she joined KOVR, or CBS Sacramento, and serves there as a weekend news anchor. Some of the top stories she’s covered during her tenure include the mass shootings of Isla Vista, various presidential and other elections and the Santa Barbara Oil Spill, which occurred in the Santa Barbara Channel, and is considered the third largest oil spill in US waters. The impact was so great that numerous sea life of the channel was killed and public outrage ensued. The spill was responsible for the framework which would create the modern environmental movement in the US. For her work, she won a Golden Mike Award for Best News Reporting, given annually to top broadcasters in both radio and television.
Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, it is known that Rajaee is engaged to fellow journalist Joe Khalil, who works with Fox News, and seen recently in their social media posts. During her free time, she enjoys to travel and loves discovering new places with friends as well as family. She is also a foodie and enjoys trying out new restaurants, plus going to places where there is live music.
— Shirin Rajaee (@ShirinRajaee) March 28, 2019
She does a lot to try and give back to the community, contributing to several charitable endeavors; she’s worked with The Dream Foundation, The Iranian American Women’s Leadership Foundation, and the Teddy Bear Cancer Fund. She is also a member of the non-profit organization called Corazon De Vida, the group’s aim being to help children residing in orphanages in Mexico.
Similar to numerous broadcast journalists, she is highly active online through accounts on Instagram and Twitter; she posts a lot of personal photos on Instagram often with her fiancée or behind the scenes at work. Her Twitter account does best to promote her upcoming and recent broadcasts.