Nine-time Emmy Award-winner Kurtis Ming is CBS13’s consumer investigative reporter and Sunday evening anchor. 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 passing new laws. 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 35-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 Sister.
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 Case Of Stained Kitchen Countertops Goes Before A JudgeA Stockton woman was upset after spending thousands of dollars for new kitchen countertops that she says didn't perform as expected.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Are Carfax Reports Accurate?Gene Knowles says Carfax didn't include an accident on his used Corvette. But then it popped up on the report after he bought it.
- Call Kurtis: Veteran Gets Parking Ticket From VA Hospital DismissedEarlier this year we were contacted by Air Force veteran Mark Blum, who said that the accessible parking spots at Mather Veteran Hospital were not clearly marked.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Adoption on Hold After Legal Document Service Leaves Family HangingViewers say a company called Quality Law for Less took their money and left them hanging.
- Call Kurtis: Unlocking the Secrets of Medical Costs Before ProceduresDavid Vivero's team translates the codes of the constantly updating data into easy to understand information you can search for free through Amino.com.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: CA Raiding Bank Accounts and Intercepting Tax Refunds By MistakeSome Californians say they feel like the State of California robbed them, taking their money without notice.
- Call Kurtis: Sounding the Alarm on Security System Scam ArtistsCBS13 has heard of a variety of dirty high-pressure sales tactics like claiming burglaries are up in your neighborhood, that your current company is out of business, and they have rock bottom prices, but you must act that day to get the deal.
- Call Kurtis: Destination Wedding Saved After CBS13 Gets AnswersThe couple along with 20 family and friends had booked flights for a destination wedding in Cancun. But months before the wedding, the group learned the airline canceled their flights.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Congressman Wants Hearing After CBS13 Exposes Mail Forwarding FlawsThe US Postal Inspector's Office's response to a Call Kurtis investigation on how easy it is for a scammer to re-route your mail isn't sitting well with a local Congressman.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Someone Wired All My Money Out of My Bank AccountMost of us know there are laws that protect us from fraud regarding our bank accounts. But these protections don't cover every type of fraud.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Student Says Amazon Isn’t Honest About Shipping OptionsThe Amazon Prime member then adds it to his cart, but when he goes to check out, he sometimes notices that overnight shipping option vanishes.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Prepaid Card Consumer Protections in JeopardyFederal laws protect debit and credit card users from fraud, but that same protection does not apply to prepaid cards.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Postal Service Has No Fix To Flaw That Lets Scammers Redirect Your MailRep. Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) is now calling for a federal oversight hearing, forcing the head of the Chief Postal Inspector to testify.
- Call Kurtis: How One Digit Can Keep You From Getting Your Tax RefundFiling their taxes online for the first time as married, Katelyn learned she made one critical mistake.
- Call Kurtis: What Happens When Financing Falls Through After Roof Repairs?Mother of four Elisa Bravo recently inherited her childhood home after her mom passed away. Within months of moving back in, she had to replace the roof.
- Call Kurtis: Tree Company Steps Up To Finish Job Left By Unlicensed ContractorLilly and Alex Ross took action and hired a tree removal company off of the website Thumbtack, but they say the company abandoned the job.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Why Didn’t My Air Bag Go Off In Crash?You've heard of air bags exploding when they shouldn't, some even killing people, but Sacramento mom Effie Greer says her car's airbag did not go off in a crash when her sister was driving.
- Call Kurtis: Flood Protection Alternatives Replace Sandbags, Erect LeveesWe found some pretty interesting inventions, some of them you can store in your garage until needed, for the next rainy season.
- Call Kurtis: Who Will Pay After Wayward Golf Ball Smashed My Windshield?There's no doubt what hit Murray McDaniel's windshield. The avid golfer for three decades knows accidents happen, especially with golf balls.
- Call Kurtis: Can Recalls Expire?Trying to buy a car, Carmichael teen Alex Giyenko went to sell his toys online but soon realized one of his favorite childhood toys was recalled.