Shahla Farzan

Reporter / Morning Edition Host

Shahla first caught the radio bug as a world music host for WMHC, the oldest college radio station operated exclusively by women. Before coming to KBBI, she worked at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and as a science writer for the California Environmental Legacy Project. She is currently completing her Ph.D in ecology at the University of California-Davis, where she studies native bees.

When she's not producing audio stories, you can find Shahla beachcombing or buried in a good book.

State of Alaska

During the 2017 legislative session, we'll be speaking with Kenai Peninsula representatives live from Juneau as part of our legislative call-in series.

This week, KBBI's Shahla Farzan spoke with Representative Paul Seaton of House District 31 about state operating budget proposals and his amendment to cut school bond debt reimbursements.


Linda Stephens

For the past six months, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has debated whether it should restrict who gives the opening prayer at each assembly meeting. They’re not alone; similar disputes are taking place across the country. Several years ago, a lawsuit over prayer in public meetings consumed a town in upstate New York, eventually making its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Juan Sarmiento

Homer High School senior Juan Sarmiento is one of 10 finalists competing for the chance to represent Alaska at the National Poetry Out Loud Competition.

KBBI’s Shahla Farzan spoke with Sarmiento about the competition and how he first became interested in poetry.

Shahla Farzan / KBBI

It was standing-room-only at last night’s Homer City Council meeting.

Over 100 people packed into Cowles Council Chambers and overflowed into the lobby, waiting to testify on a controversial resolution promoting inclusivity.

Joanna Greene

A new educational program is working to stop marine debris before it starts. Students from schools across the Kenai Peninsula have partnered with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies to cut down on their consumption of single-use plastics.

Michael Dirda

Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda will give a keynote presentation on Feb. 25 at the Homer Public Library as part of this year’s Big Read program. Dirda is a long-time columnist for The Washington Post and has written for a number of other publications, including The New York Review of Books.

KBBI’s Shahla Farzan spoke with Dirda about how he first developed his love for reading and where he stands on the "book versus tablet" debate.


State of Alaska

During the 2017 legislative session, we'll be speaking with Kenai Peninsula representatives live from Juneau as part of our legislative call-in series.

This week, KBBI's Shahla Farzan spoke with Representative Paul Seaton of House District 31 about the proposed State Revenue Restructuring Act and a joint resolution to open a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.


Alaska State Troopers

The deaths of two Soldotna residents found in a burned truck in November have been ruled accidental.

According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch released Wednesday, the toxicology report shows carbon monoxide inhalation and impairment were factors in the deaths.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Since late 2013, a large mass of warm water nicknamed “The Blob” has dominated the Gulf of Alaska.

According to new research, these elevated temperatures aren’t confined to the Gulf. Last winter, Kachemak Bay saw a similar pattern of unusually warm water temperatures. Researchers now believe these temperature spikes are linked to last year’s common murre die-off.

Rashah McChesney

Hilcorp is continuing to monitor a gas leak in Cook Inlet, but has not yet been able to stop it.

According to a Feb. 21 news release from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the leak is over 98 percent methane.

Hilcorp says they are monitoring the pressure and flow rate on the line. The company reduced the line pressure from 195 psi on Feb. 13 to 165 psi on Feb. 19.

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