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: Options for Marinello Beauty Students After School Abruptly ClosesAccording to the state, students can request refunds from the school, or apply to have their federal loans discharged. There is also a fund they can tap into called the Student Tuition Recovery Fund.
- Call Kurtis: Federal Government Cuts Funding to Marinello Beauty School Leaving Students in LimboAccording to the Department of Education, the entire chain of Marinello schools with 56 campuses across the country received $87 Million in Federal loans and Pell Grants in 2014-2015.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: IRS Wants to Tax Rebates Sent to Water Conserving CaliforniansThe State offered rebates of up to $2,000 to put in drought resistant landscaping. Several cities, including Sacramento and Los Angeles have similar programs.
- Call Kurtis: Why Am I Being Charged Home Inspection Fee When No One Inspected my House?Fairfield resident Chris Ryan has owned his house for a quarter-century. Recently when his home loan was taken over by a new company, he says an odd charge popped up on his statement.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Do You Know If Your Doctor is on Probation?Already, guidelines require these doctors to inform hospitals and malpractice insurers when the board orders probation, but it doesn’t require them to tell you.
- Call Kurtis: Lawmaker Wants to Give Californians a Parking Bill of RightsDemocratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto is proposing the parking bill of rights that would prevent California cities and counties from writing street cleaning tickets after the streets have already been cleaned.
- Call Kurtis: 24 Hour Fitness Members Say Company Lied About Lifetime PricingSeveral 24 Hour Fitness members have told us when they signed up for a membership in 2006 and 2007, they were told their rates were locked in for a lifetime.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Lawmaker Wants to Give Parents New Option to Protect Kids from ID TheftEighteen states have now passed laws forcing the three credit bureaus to give parents the option of freezing their children's credit, so no one can steal their child's identity and open up credit. California is not one of them.
- Call Kurtis: CVS and Dollar Tree Stores Also Erroneously Charged 10 Cents Over Bag Ban ConfusionMore viewers are coming forward saying they are finding stores located in Sacramento County now charging 10-cents for shopping bags, even though the plastic bag ban is a City of Sacramento ordinance.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Fiat Chrysler Recalls 350k SUVs a Month After CBS13 Exposes Problem With Recall RepairsWife and mother, Stacie Hanson says she and her two kids were just sitting down to eat at taco bell, when her daughter yelled, “Mom your car has smoke coming out of the whole inside of it,” recalls Stacie.
- Call Kurtis: State Department Responds to CBS13 Request More Than 5 Years LaterFive-and-a-half years later, this letter date stamped December 22, 2015 arrived from Jonathan Rolbin who has the impressive title of Director of Office of Legal Affairs and Law Enforcement Liaison Bureau of Consular Affairs Passport Service.
- 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.