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

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Call Kurtis: I Found a Filled Barf Bag In the Seatback Pocket On My Flight

While handing it to the United Airlines flight attendant, Janet says the vomit got on both her and her husband’s clothes.



Call Kurtis: Is Your Unlimited Data Plan Really Unlimited?

While navigating Los Angeles on a family trip, Michael Richards knew he relied much more than usual on his smartphone for things like directions.



Call Kurtis Investigates: Rental Website Offers Homes Not for Rent

In order to get the landlord’s contact information, Faith had to pay $29.95. When she called, she says she was surprised at what she heard.


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Call Kurtis Investigates: I Reported Illegal Dumping; Where’s My Reward?

He says for years, he’s forwarded Sacramento County investigators photos and information involving offenders including license plates, names, and nationalities.


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Call Kurtis: Woman Reunited With Belongings After Mover Vanishes

A CBS13 viewer says a mover held her stuff hostage. More than a month after he picked up her stuff, she says he never delivered it to her new home in Minnesota.



Valley Fire Victims Say Some Hotels Near Wildfire Were Price Gouging

Closer to the fire, CBS13 has confirmed that the Lake Point Lodge in Clearlake Oaks raised its rates from between $119 and $169 over the weekend to $249.



Call Kurtis: Unlicensed Contractors Warned To Stay Away From Butte Fire, Valley Fire Areas

Fire victims may feel competition to lock down a contractor fast to rebuild, but it’s important to make sure they’re licensed.


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Call Kurtis: I Can’t Get Travel Deals After Joining $500 Travel Club

She figured she could get cheap flights to Florida, but says no one from the company will call her back.


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Call Kurtis: Company Making Hat Out of My Dead Dog’s Fur is Ignoring Me

A year before her German Shepherd Romeo passed away, Me’Shell Miller started collecting his fur.


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Call Kurtis: The ATM Ate My Cash Deposit but Didn’t Credit My Account

Bank customer Linda Stites shows us how she put 445-bucks cash, right into this Umpqua Bank ATM.


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Parents Can Pay Child Support At 7-Eleven

The program called, pay near me, will be available at 1,600 locations.



Call Kurtis: Should You Have To Pay Upgrade Fees For Home Warranty Repairs?

He says the contractor AHS sent out demanded extra $2,156 to update his AC units piping and ductwork.




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