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Kurtis Ming

Eight-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.

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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 24-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

Call Kurtis Investigates: How Can A Contractor With Suspended License File Lien On A Home?

Construction attorney Ken Grossbart says it is actually easy to file a mechanics’ lien, and it is not always on the level.

11/02/2017

Call Kurtis Investigates: Why Is Dad’s Headstone On The Wrong Grave?

A family found a monumental mistake at a Sacramento cemetery when a loved one’s headstone was placed on the wrong grave.

10/31/2017

Call Kurtis Investigates: The Fine Line Between Selling and Flipping a Car

Our investigation found that flipping a car for profit is not illegal. We have learned, in most cases, it can be done legitimately.

10/30/2017

Call Kurtis Investigates: Is Golden 1 Center Allowing People To Smoke Pot?

A teen’s birthday went bust when they were forced to leave a Tool concert at the Golden 1 Center after being overcome by marijuana smoke.

10/09/2017

Call Kurtis: How To Police Noise From Airbnbs

She says there was a constant rotation of strangers and it was not what she signed up for when leasing the Victorian apartment.

09/27/2017

Call Kurtis: Kitchen Counter Saga Finally Ends

A Stockton woman was upset after spending thousands of dollars for new kitchen countertops that she says didn’t perform as expected.

09/26/2017

Call Kurtis: Granite Bay Grandma Can’t Open Kaiser’s New Pill Bottles

At 80 years old, Elaine Pardee says a pill bottle design change is making it tough for her to take her blood pressure medicine.

08/09/2017

Call Kurtis Investigates: Fidget Spinners Sparking Fires

A girl from Fair Oaks says smoke started coming from her fidget spinner and there are similar reports across the country.

07/17/2017

Call Kurtis Investigates: CBS13 Tests Accuracy of DNA Heritage Companies With Quadruplets

We collected samples from each of the kids and sent them to AncestryDNA and 23andMe.

05/24/2017

Call Kurtis Investigates: How To Collect A Judgment When Someone Dies

With their house gutted, and deadlines missed, Sacramento couple Celia and Daniel Green say they were forced to fire the contractor.

05/23/2017

Call Kurtis: The Case Of Stained Kitchen Countertops Goes Before A Judge

A Stockton woman was upset after spending thousands of dollars for new kitchen countertops that she says didn’t perform as expected.

05/23/2017

Call Kurtis Investigates: Are Carfax Reports Accurate?

Gene Knowles says Carfax didn’t include an accident on his used Corvette. But then it popped up on the report after he bought it.

05/22/2017

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