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. 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
- 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.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Mom Says Dentist Used Controversial Restraint on her 7-Year-OldMother Julie Pinon wants the state to investigate a dentist after she says her 7-year-old left the office with marks on his face, broken blood vessels on his chest and dried blood in his ear.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Medical Board Looking Into Claims of Fixing HIV & Cancer, Following CBS13 InvestigationCBS13 found former Chiropractor Dr. James Lovelace and his wife Margaret Mary seeing people inside a Rancho Cordova Hotel room at the Fairfield Marriott.
- Call Kurtis Undercover: Incredible Claims of Fixing HIV, Cancer and Rebuilding Heart ValvesWith three hidden cameras trained on her, our team was surprised to capture the many ways Margaret Mary claims to have helped people.
- Call Kurtis: Someone Opened A Cellphone Account In My NameWhen Carlson called Verizon, he says they told him he couldn't close the account, because his Social Security number didn't match the one they had on file.
- Call Kurtis: Car Buyer Stuck With Prior Owner’s DMV Bounced Check FeeLee Murch bought a used van from someone online. After transferring it into his name he learned he was on the hook for a bounced check that was tied to the prior owner.
- Call Kurtis: Why Won’t My Home Warranty Company Cover My Busted Furnace?But three months after getting that warranty, Cathelean Jones says her heater went out. She thought she would only have to pay a $125 deductible, instead, this single mom of four ended up paying $2,700.
- Call Kurtis: Where’s The Company That Offered Lifetime Warranty On My $25,000 Windows?Both Weatherite and the window manufacturer Superior Engineered Products are no longer around. The contact information listed on the paperwork goes no-where.
- Call Kurtis: Lawmaker Plans to Tackle Service Cancellation FrustrationComcast said it was embarrassed in 2014 after a tech savvy customer released a clip of his frustrating call with Comcast where a snarky representative just didn’t seem to want to let him cancel service in the long exchange.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: What You Should Know Before Switching Cellphone CompaniesCompetition among cellphone companies is stiff, and some companies are making incredible offers just to get you to switch over.
- Call Kurtis: Why Did My New Sears Oven Show Up Dirty?Two weeks after the oven was delivered, Ganas' contractor installed the Kenmore convection oven. She says she opened it and found grease, burnt food, and grime on the window.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: How Did My Face End Up On A Hair Dye Box?Brown had her picture taken may years ago as a favor for her hairstylist then years later her face ends up on the shelf selling hair dye.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Stores Selling ‘Ambulance Tickets’ Don’t Know What They CoverWhen Mike Girard's 90-year-old mother tried to use her ticket last year after two ambulance rides, she still ended up charged $6,498.
- Call Kurtis Helps Viewer Get Hat Made Of Her Dead Dog’s FurA woman paid a Canadian company $690 to make a hat out of her dog's fur. When it didn't come as promised, she called Kurtis.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: How Could I Take Out A Student Loan When I Was An Infant?Theresa Myles expected to be done with college now that she's in her late twenties.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Rep. Bera Won’t Wait On IRS in Lawn Rebate Tax BattleWhen pressed how long he'd wait for a response from the IRS, he said he and other federal lawmakers have legislation ready to go.
- Call Kurtis: A City Tree Fell On My Car, Why Won’t They Pay?The City of Sacramento owns the tree, but she says the city refused to pay her $400 to cover her insurance deductible and a rental car.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Stolen Car Victims Say Tow Companies Victimized Them TwiceThe single mom who lives paycheck to paycheck learned she'd have to pay $290 to cover the tow bill and get her only car back. She didn't have the money. As she worked to gather it, the tow yard would slap on an additional $50 storage fee each day.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: My Brother Pre-paid For His Funeral; Why Did They Charge Thousands More?Oscar Bautista didn't want his family to worry about his funeral arrangements when he died, so he made arrangements and paid for his future resting place.
- Call Kurtis: Prescription Prices Can Vary Thousands Depending on PharmacyGary Medina says his chemotherapy pill Tretinoin is keeping his Leukemia in remission. However, the pharmacy quoted him $3,359 for a one-month supply.