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

Sacramento Metro Fire Deputy Chief Chris Holbrook admitted the fire tax was a clerical error, but told Call Kurtis the agency couldn't return wrongly collected taxes from more than four years ago. A bill written by Assemblyman Ken Cooley authorized the agency to return all the money it wrongly collected.

Call Kurtis Investigates: Sacramento Metro Fire Begins Refunding Homeowners $1.3M In Wrongly Collected Taxes

Property owners across Rancho Cordova are finally getting their refund checks after a Call Kurtis investigation uncovered a fire district planned not to return $1.3 million in taxes collected illegally.

07/07/2014

airtravcel

Call Kurtis: Need to Rebook a Flight? Why Your Travel Credit May Not Last As Long As You Think

When United Airlines told Greg Reichhold his $633 air travel credit had already expired, it was time to Call Kurtis.

07/03/2014

Driveway

Call Kurtis: Company Says Driveway Crack Is Fixed, But It’s Still Here!

A contractor insists Barbara Foy’s cracked driveway is now fixed — but Call Kurtis found that simply wasn’t true.

06/23/2014

Ukraine

Call Kurtis: Travel Insurance Won’t Cover Cancellations Due To Unrest In Ukraine

A Fairfield mother bought travel insurance for her trip to Ukraine before protests and deadly clashes broke out. Now her insurance won’t cover it.

06/19/2014

Sharynne Macon shows the parking spot where her car was parked on May 5. Her apartment complex towed the vehicle for being parked in the wrong place, despite a map indicating she could park next to this dumpster.

Call Kurtis: Apartment Complex Wrongly Towed Our Cars!

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Renters say their apartment complex towed their cars, even though they parked in the right spots. When the apartment manager refused to refund them their tow fees, it was time to Call [...]

06/16/2014

Call Kurtis RT

Call Kurtis: My Car Was Vandalized; Why Won’t RT Take My Report?

When Gerry called RT, he said the person who answered told him to go online to RT’s web page, under the police services section, and file a crime report. But there was nothing there.

06/12/2014

Engine

Call Kurtis: Dealer Sold Me SUV With Sponge In Engine

A filthy sponge soaking up leaking engine fluids wasn’t what Shantel Hawkins expected to find in the 2002 Ford Explorer she’d just purchased.

06/09/2014

Police ticketed 66 cars for parking on an "unimproved surface" during a Sacramento River Cats baseball game at Raley Field May 17. Michael Orr claimed a parking attendant directed cars to park on the unpaved area outside this parking lot.

Call Kurtis: Police Ticket 66 Cars at River Cats Game for ‘Parking On Unimproved Surface’

Fans attending a weekend River Cats game in May claim they parked where the parking attendant guided them — but were greeted by $45 parking tickets when they returned to their cars after the game.

06/05/2014

Interest rate

Call Kurtis: Company Messed Up My Refi — Where’s My Money?

Leah Prior’s lender agreed to lower her interest rate four years ago but now realizes her balance is about $10,000 higher than it should be.

06/02/2014

cell tower

Call Kurtis: Millions of MetroPCS Phones Could Stop Working After Cell Tower Upgrades

Every MetroPCS customer who bought a phone before last July will eventually need to replace their phones, a company spokesperson confirmed to Call Kurtis.

05/29/2014

Gift Cards

Call Kurtis Undercover: California’s Gift Card Refund Law

More than six years after California’s gift card refund law went into effect, not all stores are following the law, a Call Kurtis undercover investigation has learned.

05/21/2014

bedbugs home

Call Kurtis: New Yuba City Apartment Infested With Bed Bugs

Denise captured video on her cell phone of a bed bug crawling on the carpet in her bedroom. She also took photos of dried human blood and bed bug feces she found along the baseboards.

05/20/2014

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