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 27-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.
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: American Airlines Refuses Compensation for Family Denied BoardingThe Nguyen family says they were involuntarily bumped by the airline and they want to be compensated for the hassle.
- Call Kurtis: My House Burned Down and I Got Ripped OffConsumer Attorney Stuart Talley says if this company's workers lied saying the insurance company sent them if it didn't, that would violate California law.
- Call Kurtis: Dish Network Put Holes In My New HouseMoving into their custom-built home, Elk Grove resident Jennifer Hua says right away they had their satellite service transferred. However, the satellite installer cut corners and drilled holes all over her new house.
- Call Kurtis: Should I Get Pet Insurance Or A Wellness Plan For My Dog Or Cat?Wellness Plans usually only cover preventive care like physicals, office visits, some vaccines, teeth cleanings and usually offer discounts on other veterinary services.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Dangerous Tires on the RoadKim’s used tire had sliced down the side and shredded almost all the way around. Her S-U-V had blackened scuffmarks, a cracked panel, and a dent in the back.
- Call Kurtis: City Forgets to Bill for Trash for 2 Years; Sends Large BillHe says he called the City of Elk Grove to set up trash and service and says he was told it would automatically transfer into his name.
- Call Kurtis: My $1,600 Purebred Puppy Never Showed UpWithin days he got an email from Felton Cargo Delivery Service demanding he wire $980.76 for a life insurance policy on the puppy.
- Call Kurtis: The Shelter Gave Away the Dog I Adopted; How Did They Know Who It Belonged to?Arisha says an animal shelter clerk told her the dog's real owner claimed her. Arisha wants to know how they know it's the original owner.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Why Wasn’t $50K Reward Paid in Councilman Matt Garcia’s Murder?The Governor's $50,000 reward which has sat in California's general fund was never paid to anyone.
- Call Kurtis: Should I Have to Leave CA to Get My Lasik Lifetime Plan Honored?David cannot clearly see his 3-year-old son, Sterling from 15 feet away even after investing in Lasik surgery six years ago.
- Call Kurtis: Who Pays If Someone Gets a Red Light Camera Ticket Driving Your Car?She says she can't tell who was behind the wheel saying as many as four others drove her car that day. However, she got stuck with the $480 ticket.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: How Far Some Landlords Will Go To Background YouA Sacramento single mom says a property manager went too far backgrounding her, when she applied to rent a house and had an unexpected stranger at the door.
- Call Kurtis: I’m a Good Driver. Where’s My Allstate Bonus Check?Retiree Phyllis Thompson says she's been with Allstate since the 1980s and says she hasn't had an accident in decades.
- Call Kurtis Investigation: Bathroom Glass Exploding Without WarningFran's bathroom sink had jagged edges where the glass used to connect to the drain, razor sharp spikes in the same sink where her family washed their faces and brushed their teeth.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: I Can’t Get My Recalled Car Fixed, What Do I Do?Every time Laura Byers backs out of her driveway she’s afraid, she's putting her life at risk.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Some Jeep & Dodge SUVs Are Catching Fire After Recall RepairsThe Hanson family brought their 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee into the dealer for a recall repair expecting to take away the danger.
- Call Kurtis: That’s My 1949 World Series Ring!Not too many people can say they personally knew a World Series champion from 1949, and even fewer can say they own a World Series ring. But John Tomasello of Cameron Park can.
- Call Kurtis: Getting Paid for Late or No-Show RepairmenA self-employed Stockton woman says she was forced to shut down her nail and massage business, to wait for a Sears’ technician get her washing machine fixed.
- Call Kurtis: I Paid My College Debt, So Why Is The Government Taking My Tax Refund?McGuire says she paid off her student loan in 2012 with a cashier’s check, eliminating her student debt for good. "No more debt, that's a huge check $13,613,” said McGuire.
- Call Kurtis: Blacklisted From eBay And Nobody Will Tell Me WhyShe wanted to know why her account was suspended but when she called she said eBay would not tell her and told her not to ask again.