Nine-time Emmy Award winner Kurtis Ming is CBS13’s consumer investigative reporter. Since joining CBS13 in 2003, he’s held the position of general assignment reporter and weekend anchor, before starting the “Call Kurtis” consumer advocacy program, which has helped viewers get back millions of dollars and resolve thousands of disputes since 2006.
Since arriving in Sacramento, he’s covered everything from the Scott Peterson murder trial to the gubernatorial campaign of a porn star. Kurtis has investigated unscrupulous businesses and exposed problems in state and local government resulting in getting laws changed. He’s also reported on terrorism from Pakistan, tensions between North and South Korea from the DMZ and traveled to Mexico to assist viewers with a timeshare refund. He’s reported on natural disasters too — from an assignment in the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina to trips to the shores of Phuket, Thailand and Samoa tracking progress following the tsunamis that affected each of those countries.
During his international travels in September 2010, Kurtis experienced a major earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, and found himself reporting for a national audience back home.
Kurtis is a 29-time regional Emmy Award nominee and nine-time winner. His work has also been honored by The National Press Club, the Radio and Television News Directors Association and with a California Journalism Award.
His honored investigation into Walmart’s gift receipt practices sparked a call from Congress for a federal investigation. After exposing how the California Medical Board allowed doctors with drug and alcohol problems to continue treating patients, the state got rid of its problem-plagued doctor’s diversion program. He exposed a security flaw in a state website exposing the personal information of tens of thousands of unemployed Californians. Another investigation prompted the DMV to overhaul its database after he uncovered a flaw that caused Californians to wrongfully receive parking tickets.
In 2015, the Radio Television Digital News Foundation selected Kurtis as a fellow to travel to Europe and meet with top-level German political, business and media figures and visit the EU and NATO in Belgium. Kurtis traveled with a delegation of American journalists to Pakistan in 2013 as an East West Center fellow . In 2011, he graduated from the FBI’s Citizens’ Academy. He has been a long-standing member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors and has taught investigative journalism in Vietnam. In 2016, the Consumer Federation of California honored him as the Consumer Journalist of the Year.
The South San Francisco native started his broadcast career in 1996 as a radio reporter and anchor at WERS-FM in Boston. He founded Emerson College’s student-run television station WEBN and worked behind the scenes for Dateline NBC, KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, and KGO-TV in San Francisco before reporting for KRCR-TV in Redding, California and KTVN-TV in Reno, Nevada.
Kurtis has a degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College in Boston.
Getting Answers with Kurtis Ming
1) How long have you lived in Northern California? All my life minus college and a reporter job in Reno.
2) Where are you from originally? South San Francisco
3) Do you have any siblings? One.
5) iPhone or Android? Currently, Android
6) What’s your favorite thing about working in news? Serving as the voice of the viewer. Asking the tough questions people at home want answered.
7) What’s your favorite past time? Traveling
8) What’s the one place you’d like to visit that you’ve never been to before? Trying to get to every continent, so it’s tough to narrow it down. Antarctica, Africa and South America are still on the list.
9) What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited? Southeast Asia
10) Where’s the strangest/farthest place you’ve been recognized? The Azores. A small island in Portugal where I ran into some loyal CBS13 viewers.
11) At what age did you decide you were interested in news? 11, after the Loma Prieta Earthquake
Kurtis’ recent stories
- Call Kurtis: The Two Things To Look For Before Remodeling Your KitchenA year after investing thousands in new kitchen countertops, a Stockton couple is not at all happy with its performance.
- Call Kurtis: Woman Says Washing Machine Is Eating Her ClothesMary Gale spent $900 on a washing machine to clean her clothes and linens. But instead of just washing her clothes, she says it’s shredding them.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: TV Doctor Faces Patients in CourtDr. James Martin, who is a chiropractor, faces twelve felony account including practicing medicine without a license, and grand theft for taking thousands of dollars from eleven patients.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: TV Doctor Arrested for Practicing Medicine Without a LicenseDr. James Martin wore scrubs and a lab coat while appearing on the show as he claimed he could help people with weight loss, hair loss and thyroid issues and diabetes.
- Clerical Error Prevented Action Against Tour Bus Driver in Deadly CrashCBS13 has learned a clerical error kept the California DMV from taking further action against Mario Vasquez’s driver’s license.
- Driver In Deadly Tour Bus Crash Lost License Briefly In 2015, But Drove AnywayDavid Mario Vasquez did have a valid commercial driver’s license on Tuesday at the time of the crash that killed four people, but for a couple of months last year, he didn’t because of a serious traffic violation.
- Company In Deadly Bus Crash Had More Than 50 Violations In 2 YearsAccording to federal records, inspectors found violations on April 28 for having “no or a defective brake warning device.”
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Why Are Recycling Centers Vanishing From Grocery Store Parking Lots?Nearly 200 recycling centers in Northern California have closed this year. The reason? They claim they're not making money.
- Call Kurtis: Why Am I Still Paying For My Dead Cat’s Wellness Plan?A lot of people think wellness plans are pet insurance, but there is a difference. Depending on what you have, you may have to keep paying even after your pet dies.
- Call Kurtis: Mom, Baby Get $3,500 Ambulance Bill After Hospital Parking Lot BirthBaby Sawyer just couldn't wait to enter the world when his mother Katie Moraida's water broke a week before he was due.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: My War Hero Dad’s Grave Is SinkingThe pain runs deep for Raymond Wenger and his family every time they show up to visit his father's grave in Vallejo
- Call Kurtis Investigates: The Romantic Hot-Air Balloon Ride From HellThe romantic trip turned into a hellish ride with a crash and a boy knocked unconscious.
- Call Kurtis: Exploding Toilets Create Hidden Danger In BathroomGary Gipson started hearing his toilet flush in the middle of the night. When you are home all alone that is not exactly what you expect to hear.
- Call Kurtis: Sick of Prescription Drug Commercials? Doctors Are Too.Placerville viewer, Chris Jones wants them pulled. She's annoyed and thinks the commercials may convince people to ask for prescriptions they don't need.
- Call Kurtis: How To Get A Big Company to Listen To Your ComplaintHe says he'd been battling Home Depot for charging him thousands more than he says he was quoted for flooring, and he was done sitting on the phone.
- Call Kurtis: Barred From Buying Sudafed?Since 2006, Federal law has required pharmacists to log the names and addresses of those buying pseudoephedrine’s, a key ingredient in making methamphetamine.
- Call Kurtis: What You Should Know About Door-to-Door Alarm SalesLinda Leduff wishes the alarm went off in her head when a door-to-door salesman showed up asking to see her current alarm contract.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Are Phone Companies Phasing Out Traditional Landlines?Consumer advocates think the phone companies are pushing customers toward wireless technology which is more profitable but they say less reliable.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Are TVs At Best Buy Really On Sale?LG's website shows it's suggested the price for the same TV is $2,999.99. But Best Buy claims you'll save two grand for it.
- Sacramento Dentist Exposed In Call Kurtis Investigation SentencedDr. David Lewis ran a practice on Marconi Avenue in Sacramento and was accused of taking advantage of workers, especially UPS workers who had 100 percent dental coverage.