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Kurtis Ming

Eight-time Emmy Award winner Kurtis Ming is CBS13′s consumer investigative reporter. Since joining the 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.

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Since arriving in Sacramento, he’s covered a wide range of stories — from the gubernatorial campaign of a porn star to the Scott Peterson murder trial. 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.  He’s also reported on terrorism in Pakistan and on the last front of the Cold War: the DMZ, which divides North and South Korea.

Kurtis is a 22-time regional Emmy Award nominee and eight-time winner. He was awarded three trophies in 2012 including one for his team’s nationwide investigation into Walmart’s gift receipt practices that sparked reaction on Capitol Hill.  The investigation is also the recipient of The National Press Club’s 2012 Consumer Journalism Award. He was also awarded an Emmy Award for his report that helped a woman end her decades-long journey to find her father.   His investigations into psychic detectives, an unscrupulous tire shop and mobile mechanic were also honored.

His Emmy Award-winning investigation exposing the California Medical Board’s problem-plagued doctor’s drug and alcohol diversion program, resulted in the board getting rid of it.    Another Emmy Award-winning investigation prompted the DMV to overhaul its database after he uncovered a flaw that caused Californians to wrongfully receive tickets.   He was awarded an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement In an Educational Segment for his report on the hidden dangers of paintball after the deaths of a local mother and a teen from Washington. His feature reporting garnered an Emmy Award for a story about a tiny town in Kansas giving away free land to lure new residents.

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, Los Angeles TV station KCOP, and KGO-TV in San Francisco before landing his first on-air TV job at KRCR-TV in Redding in 1999. He anchored, reported and forecasted the weather at KRCR for nearly three years before working as a reporter and anchor for CBS station KTVN in Reno.

Kurtis was selected as an East West Center fellow in 2013, traveling with a delegation of American journalists to Pakistan.  In 2011, Kurtis graduated from the FBI’s Citizens’ Academy. He is a member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Kurtis has a degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College in Boston. When he’s not covering the news, he enjoys traveling and mentoring young aspiring journalists.

Getting Answers with Kurtis Ming

1) How long have you lived in Northern California?  32 Years (all my life minus college and a job in Reno)

2) Where are you from originally?  South San Francisco

3) Do you have any siblings?  Yes.  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?  Thailand

10) Where’s the strangest/farthest place you’ve been recognized?  The Azores.  A small island in Portugal.

11) At what age did you decide you were interested in news?  11, after the Loma Prieta Earthquake

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Call Kurtis Investigates: Metro Fire Won’t Refund $1.3M In Taxes It Shouldn’t Have Collected

A Sacramento fire district that wrongly taxed homeowners more than $3 million due to a clerical error will not be issuing a full refund of that money, a Call Kurtis investigation has learned.

03/04/2014

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Call Kurtis: Where’s My Lifetime of United Airlines Discounts I Paid For in 1996?

CBS13 has learned United stopped taking on new life members in 2005. Now, Suzanne says she can’t find any Silver Wings discounts on the United website, no matter which flights she plugs in.

02/25/2014

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Call Kurtis: How To Make Sure You’re Covered When Remodeling

Mike and Shannon Harrington bought the tiles on their own for a contractor to put in — all to save money. But they said that decision is delaying their entire home improvement project.

02/25/2014

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Call Kurtis: Can GPS Phone-Tracker Apps Help Find A Stolen Phone?

Using Apple’s Find My Phone App, she said she was able to see where her phone was — the map showing it was at a Best Buy location in Stockton.

02/10/2014

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Call Kurtis: Why You Should Keep Your Monster HDTV Box

But Westinghouse wouldn’t come to the Johnsons’ apartment — instead sending a prepaid shipping label to return the TV for replacement.

02/03/2014

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Call Kurtis Investigates: City Writes Tickets For Street Cleaning It Isn’t Doing

A Call Kurtis investigation found that Sacramento is continuing to write thousands of dollars in street cleaning tickets on days the streets are never swept.

01/30/2014

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Call Kurtis: FasTrak Admits Up to 1,000 Ticketing Errors Per Day

FasTrak’s error rate is less than 1 percent, according to Goodwin, but he admits that ends up being about 1,000 errors a day.

01/27/2014

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Call Kurtis Investigates: Homewrecker Website Lets Victims of Affairs Shame The Mistress

Call Kurtis investigated a controversial website allowing scorned women to get back at the other woman.

01/27/2014

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Call Kurtis: Free Rental Car Insurance — Only If You Have the Right Credit Card

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Many of us turn down car insurance when we rent a car, thinking our credit cards have us covered, but Call Kurtis has learned consumers may not be covered after all. All [...]

01/23/2014

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Call Kurtis: My Direct Buy Showroom Closed. Should I Get a Refund?

Tim and Bela Kriner spent more than $5,000 for their membership to DirectBuy, but the company closed its showroom before they bought anything.

01/20/2014

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Call Kurtis: Warranty Says I’m Covered, But Also Says I’m Not

FAIR OAKS (CBS13) — Sean Larsson spent a lot of money on the warranty for his couch — $200 for five years coverage. But when he said the company refused to honor it, he called [...]

01/16/2014

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Call Kurtis: Where’s the Stuff I Bought Through Living Social?

John Pucci thought he’d found the perfect gift for his son-in-law, an avid camper: A snazzy travel hammock. But three months later, Pucci still had no sign the hammock had shipped.

01/14/2014

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