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: The ATM Ate My Cash Deposit but Didn’t Credit My AccountBank customer Linda Stites shows us how she put 445-bucks cash, right into this Umpqua Bank ATM.
- Parents Can Pay Child Support At 7-ElevenThe program called, pay near me, will be available at 1,600 locations.
- Call Kurtis: Should You Have To Pay Upgrade Fees For Home Warranty Repairs?He says the contractor AHS sent out demanded extra $2,156 to update his AC units piping and ductwork.
- Call Kurtis: Should You Have to Pay Up Front for a Ticket You’re Fighting?A Napa County Court Clerk told him he'd have to pay the $305 fine, even before seeing the judge and he'd have to come back another day.
- Call Kurtis: I Can’t Buy a Car Because Lender Declared Me DeadLoan company Acura Financial Services, which she used for another car she ownedm made a big mistake marking on her credit report "consumer deceased."
- Call Kurtis: Traffic Light Sending Raw Sewage Into My YardLee claims his Orangevale home has had sewage backups in the yard at least twice a year since he bought the place nine years ago. Now he says it's happening twice a month forcing him to pay plumbers thousands.
- Call Kurtis: I Won A Publisher’s Clearing House Game, Why Am I Not Getting Paid?Teresa Shepard said she won $5,000 playing a Publisher’s Clearing House game, but the company claimed the win was a malfunction. So, does that mean they don’t have to pay?
- Call Kurtis: Married Since 2013, We’re Still Missing Our Wedding AlbumsAnnie and her husband William were married on September 1st, 2013. A year and a half later, they said their wedding photographer still hasn't delivered two albums and a framed photograph.
- Call Kurtis: Why Are Some Businesses Afraid to Have Devices Proven to Save Lives?While playing soccer in 2013 Anibal Rubina dropped dead, "I took a run, I just boom I fell down on the ground," said Anibal.
- Call Kurtis: Better Packaging for Candy Flavored E-Cigarette Liquid?The liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes come in flavors like watermelon and banana split, and some kids think it is candy. Now lawmakers are pushing to make sure the packaging is child safe.
- Call Kurtis: My Home Insurance Wasn’t Renewed Because Of Fire RiskApproaching what could be a bad fire season residents in the foothills are finding out they may not have home insurance for long.
- Call Kurtis: Where Are My Senior Portraits?At the end of the school year, Caitlin's mother Elizabeth Perkey says ABC School Portraits which is contracted by the school, has told them time and time again that they'll get the pictures in two weeks. After waiting for the photos since last year Elizabeth says "they could have arrived by Pony Express."
- Call Kurtis: The Travel Vouchers We Got for Being Bumped Won’t WorkJoan says she was told she had to contact American Airlines for help considering it and U.S. Airways merged but she says American never responded.
- Call Kurtis: Someone Stole My Phone Number Of 25 YearsNancy could not call out, because she said someone stole the phone number she’s had for 25 years. She said the man on the other end explained to her that he had requested it from his phone carrier Comcast – and got the phone number.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Cash For Laptops And Cash For iPhones Under InvestigationMarilyn Penko was quoted $212 online for her iPad 3. She said she sent it in to Cash For Laptops, but then she got an e-mail saying, they'd only be sending her $31.
- Call Kurtis: Groomer Cremated My Cat Before I Could Find Out Why She DiedJust hours after being dropped off at the groomer, VIP Pets in Marysville, Vanessa's cat Sandy was dead. She said the groomer told her the cat simply became unresponsive and died. But, Vanessa is not sure she buys that explanation.
- Call Kurtis: I Paid To Have Pigeons Removed, But They’re Still HerePat Rocca has a pigeon problem. The birds have left her walkway stained, feathers stuck to the house and their droppings are everywhere. She paid Albert Filmore $680 to clean up the mess and prevent them from coming back, but says the company didn't finish the job.
- Call Kurtis: Wedding Venue Forced Closed Leaving Couples to ScrambleBrittany West said she found out by word of mouth Wisteria Gardens in Elk Grove was shutting down for not having the right permits. She says five months out from her big day marrying her fiancé Javier, she saw a Facebook post saying Wisteria Gardens was having problems.
- Call Kurtis: My Craigslist Puppy Died, Where’s My Refund?According to attorney Jacqueline Siemens, the legislature saw a need to protect consumers. If you buy from a breeder, defined in California as someone who in a year sells at least twenty puppies or three litters, you have rights if a dog becomes sick within the first 15 days.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: 2 Words That Can Lead to Thousands of Dollars After a Car CrashA week later with fewer than 500 miles on the odometer, someone crashed into her car. The other driver's insurance company paid for the damage, but Liz now realized if she tried to sell her car, she wouldn't get as much for it.