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 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.
- Call Kurtis: Customers Lose Insurance In Costco Credit Card SwitchWhen Costco dumped AmEx for Visa this year the couple got a letter from AmEx, dated June 25 saying their Accident Guard Insurance they've had since 2004 will be terminated.
- Call Kurtis: What You Need To Know Before Hiring Someone From An Online SiteDespite Thumbtack showing it verified the tree trimmer's business license, the site says nothing about the fact the tree trimmer did not have the required contractor's license.
- Call Kurtis: Free Water Test Kits Might Not Be What You ThinkWith a new baby, Dean Skultety put in a water purifier in his home, "I wanted to be healthy and have healthy water to drink."
- Call Kurtis: How Your Dead Relatives Can Live On After They DieNearly half of Americans are cremated after they die. Some families choose to spread their loved one's ashes or keep them on a mantle.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Can An Ambulance Take Your Kids If You Say No?Peter says he told the Sacramento Metro paramedics not to transport Jade after a car crash, but he says they took her anyway.
- Call Kurtis: What Happens When Your Tree Removal Company Doesn’t Cut It?Lilly 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: How Victims of Stolen Cars Are Victimized TwiceVictims of stolen cars get victimized a second time when their car is recovered then towed, leaving them with a tow bill they can't afford.
- Call Kurtis: I Was Sold a Sick Baby Goat That DiedMariah Stoddard named her new gift Penelope and felt the goat would fit right in with the ducks, roosters, bunnies, and the rest of the animals on the family farm.
- Call Kurtis: The Two Things To Look For Before Remodeling Your KitchenA year after investing thousands in new kitchen countertops, a Stockton couple is not at all happy with its performance.
- Call Kurtis: Woman Says Washing Machine Is Eating Her ClothesMary Gale spent $900 on a washing machine to clean her clothes and linens. But instead of just washing her clothes, she says it’s shredding them.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: TV Doctor Faces Patients in CourtDr. James Martin, who is a chiropractor, faces twelve felony account including practicing medicine without a license, and grand theft for taking thousands of dollars from eleven patients.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: TV Doctor Arrested for Practicing Medicine Without a LicenseDr. James Martin wore scrubs and a lab coat while appearing on the show as he claimed he could help people with weight loss, hair loss and thyroid issues and diabetes.
- Clerical Error Prevented Action Against Tour Bus Driver in Deadly CrashCBS13 has learned a clerical error kept the California DMV from taking further action against Mario Vasquez’s driver’s license.