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 29-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
- 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.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: What’s Wrong With V.A. Disabled Parking Spaces?We took a ride along with him to check it out. Pulling into the spot, we saw nothing from the driver's view that visually distinguished i
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Triple Tag Team Scam Started With Cloned Facebook ProfileMichael Hansen wanted to get the word out after he was targeted by scammers from three different directions at the same time.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Data On Doctor Wait Times In DisarrayA state report says 90 percent of the data of the data health plans submitted to the state contained "significant data inaccuracies" making it "virtually impossible to measure individual health plan compliance."
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Surprise ER Bills That Can Financially Destroy A FamilyBattling a medical bill was the last thing the Rippee family wanted to deal with after their daughter Taylor was in a car accident.
- Call Kurtis: Why Your Internet Provider Choice Is LimitedBill Poteat served 20 years in the Air Force. Now, the retired veteran keeps up with new trends and technology by searching the Internet. He said when he called AT&T they told him they are not allowed to service his area.
- Call Kurtis: Lightning Is In The Forecast, How Should You Prepare?There's no telling when and where a lightning bolt will strike. If you're not prepared, you could be on your own to replace lots of pricey electronics and appliances.
- Watch Out For Unlicensed Contractors Pitching Storm Repair JobsWe've seen some dirty tactics before to get your business after a disaster. If someone says, "Hey I've got a lot of people needing my services; if you can pay up front, I'll take your job."
- Call Kurtis: What Happens When The Airline Cancels Our Wedding Flight?Planning a wedding is stressful enough, but getting an email telling them their flight was canceled was devastating news for a Roseville couple.
- Call Kurtis: Why Won’t My Warranty Company Fix My TV?She paid $300 for the 5-year extended warranty through Consumer Priority Service, which claims online, "If we can't fix an item, we will replace it."
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Are Scammers Using The Postal Service To Steal Your Identity?When the mail stopped coming to Frank and Rebecca Ronquillo's house, they got a letter from the U.S Postal Service saying it received a change-of-address order to forward mail.
- Call Kurtis: Putting Online Grocery Services To The TestYou can let someone else do your shopping, but are they picking out the best stuff for you?
- Call Kurtis: Confusion Over Street Sweeping Tickets In SacramentoA Call Kurtis investigation finds the city has written millions of dollars in street cleaning tickets when it was not sweeping the streets.
- Call Kurtis: Check Your Rental Car Inside And Out Before Leaving The LotHalfway to Portland, Kevin Lee says the low-pressure tire light came on in his rental car. He pulled over to put air in the tire but afraid of a slow leak, he says he alerted Avis.
- Call Kurtis: Family Disneyland Trip Nearly Sunk After Travel Site Goes UnderSonia Shields booked a surprise trip for her family to Disneyland, but the travel site she used to book a hotel went belly up.