It hasn't taken long for Rudabeh Shahbazi to make her mark in Miami. In less than a year, she's been tapped for CBS Miami's nightly newscast, named one of the city's eight most influential women by Ocean Drive, and helped launch the station's weekly "Mentoring Matters" series. And not only is Shahbazi the face of the segment — she's also a volunteer herself, working with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Shahbazi arrived in South Florida from Los Angeles last August, appearing on the morning news desk for about a month before being moved to co-anchor with Rick Folbaum the station's weeknight newscasts at 5, 5:30, and 11. She's serious without being stuffy and always carries herself with poise. It's no wonder she was so quickly promoted. Here's hoping she sticks around for a while.
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