WFOR announced today Rudabeh Shahbazi will be joining CBS 4 News This Morning as co-anchor, replacing Rhiannon Ally who left recently. Shahbazi was most recently a multimedia journalist and fill-in anchor at KABC in Los Angeles.
A quick search on Shahbazi turned up a few interesting tidbits about her. She has a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkley Graduate School of Journalism and received her undergraduate degree in journalism at Pepperdine University. She’s of Iranian heritage, born in Germany but grew up in Oregon. She was educated in England, Costa Rica and California and interned for the National Geographic. Rudabeh is fluent in English and Farsi, and conversational Spanish.
And a little trivia if you’re curious, the most likely meaning of her name is shining child. Its origins trace back to Persian mythology where the mother of the mythical Persian hero Rustam was named Rudabeh.
Look for Rudabeh Shahbazi to make her first on-air appearance on WFOR CBS 4 News August 3.
And here is a sample of her work while at ABC