Nima Shaffed joined the WXYZ-TV news team in March 2013. While Metro Detroit is a far cry from his Kansas City home, he's excited to be a part of the WXYZ family and call Detroit home!
Prior to 7 Action News, Nima worked at KCTV5 in Kansas City where he was the morning reporter.
Before Kansas City he made stops at KMTV in Omaha, KKTV in Colorado Springs and KQTV in St. Joseph, Missouri. His work has been featured on CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, ABC's World News Tonight, CNN's Headline News, Fox News Channel's Justice with Judge Jeanine, and CBS This Morning.
Nima graduated from Park University a small liberal arts school in Parkville, Mo.
While in school he interned at WXYZ's sister station, KSHB, KQTV and KMBC-TV before getting his first on-air job as a weather anchor at the ABC affiliate in St. Joseph, Mo. He also served as the first university's mascot in more than 15 years and was the voice of the Park University Athletic department.
One of Nima's most memorable assignments was covering the tornadoes that hit both Alabama and Joplin. It was his first month in KC when he got the call to head south to Alabama.
"The stories of the folks there and their resilience will always stay with me. That's something you never forget."
Less than a month after flying home from Alabama, Nima would end up in the thick of the aftermath of the deadliest tornado in the country... the EF5 tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo.
As a first generation Iranian-American he likes to think of his parents. "Both of my parents were born and raised in Iran and later immigrated and gained U.S. citizenship," Nima said. "America became their second home and every time I step in front of that camera, I tell myself it's a tribute to my parents."
In his spare time, Nima volunteers and is looking forward to becoming involved with the community in metro Detroit.
You can keep in touch with Nima on Facebook just like his page or follow him on twitter, @NimaShaffe