Eleven-time Emmy Award-winner Kurtis Ming is CBS13’s consumer investigative reporter and Sunday evening anchor. 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 passing new laws. 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 39-time regional Emmy Award nominee and eleven-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 Sister.
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: Why Did MoviePass Abruptly Cancel My Membership?When retirees Rachel and Daniel Brekke said they were flagged for fraud by a company offering movie ticket subscriptions, they said did nothing wrong.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Who Stole Social Security Benefits From Breast Cancer Patient?Each year, 4.5 million Americans get their Social Security benefits on debit cards, but what happens if a fraudster drains your account?
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Student Debt Sticks Around Even When The College Shuts DownNicholas Gordon says his career college went belly up during his first semester and the government took his tax refund to pay for an education he didn't get.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Scamming The ScammersTurning the table on bad guys making fools out of scammers. Call Kurtis introduces us to people who make sport, out of wasting the bad guys.
- Call Kurtis: Who Changed My Gas Company While I Was Deployed In Kuwait?Sergio Gonzalez says a company took over his natural gas service without his permission while he was deployed, doubling his gas bill.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: How Much Are You Owed If Dry Cleaner Ruins Your Wedding Dress?Sacramento newlywed Jeanelle Loui says the dry cleaner ruined her wedding dress to the point it was unrepairable.
- Call Kurtis: Couple Says Cancellation Leaves Parents Out Of WeddingBride-to-be Beatrice Aguilar says Alaska Airlines ruined her wedding when they canceled a flight that kept her in-laws from attending.
- Call Kurtis: His Driving Record’s Clean, So Why Did A Rental Company Blacklist Him?While on vacation in Long Beach, Rancho Cordova resident Tony Schollar tried to rent a car, but the rental company turned him away, saying he was on a do-not-rent list.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Placerville Dad & Aspiring Actor Targeted in ScamScammers targeted this aspiring actor's dream and now he wants other dreamers to be aware of this scam.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: The Unintended Consequences Of At-Home DNA TestsSACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Your DNA can expose much more than your ethnicity or family tree. Companies 23andMe and Ancestry DNA passed our CBS13 test last year, when we sent in saliva samples of quadruplets Gabe, Zeb, Katie and Hugh. Despite making up different ethnic sounding last names, each company linked the four identifying them as […]
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Sacramento Mom Burned By Non-Existent Solar PanelsThe nonexistent panels on her roof were threatening the refinancing rate, which was only guaranteed for 30-days, after that it could go up.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Are Fitness Trackers Shocking Users?Many of us wear them, but after people reported their fitness trackers were shocking them, Call Kurtis launched an investigation.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Couple Calls Out Pricey Dental Work After Crowns Fall OutVictor had dental insurance, but it didn't cover the crowns he needed. When the dental office gave him the option to pay cash up front for a discount, Victor jumped at the offer.
- Call Kurtis: Why Did A Clothing Store Charge A Living Wage Surcharge?Walking out the door, Jeanette Dutton checked her receipt after buying clothes at Crossroads Trading Company in Roseville.
- Sacramento TV Chiropractor Pleads Guilty To Fraud, Practicing Without LicenseJames Martin cut a deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to seven of the 45 felonies, which will end his career as a chiropractor.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Toy Helicopter Fire Raises Questions About ChargersThe Angry Birds UFO Helicopter he bought for his 8-year-old daughter started smoking then caught fire after 15 minutes on the charger
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Still No Fix For Mail Forwarding FraudA Call Kurtis investigation exposed a weakness with the postal service that could forward your mail straight to crooks' hands.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: What Happens When My Tax Preparer Makes A Mistake?Instead of $1,000 back, Retired electrician John Harris learned he owed the Internal Revenue Service $6,400.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Rice Cooker Recall Response Leaves Sacramento Man SteamingThe cordless cooker is a fixture on the floor. He says he was told his replacement was coming in approximately four weeks. 12 weeks later ...
- Call Kurtis Investigates: How Do I Cash Unused Traveler’s Checks?Beth Mills with The California Bankers Association admits redeeming traveler's checks may be a bit trickier, with fewer stores accepting them, but says that do not expire.