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.
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
A woman paid a Canadian company $690 to make a hat out of her dog’s fur. When it didn’t come as promised, she called Kurtis.
Theresa Myles expected to be done with college now that she’s in her late twenties.
When pressed how long he’d wait for a response from the IRS, he said he and other federal lawmakers have legislation ready to go.
The City of Sacramento owns the tree, but she says the city refused to pay her $400 to cover her insurance deductible and a rental car.
The single mom who lives paycheck to paycheck learned she’d have to pay $290 to cover the tow bill and get her only car back. She didn’t have the money. As she worked to gather it, the tow yard would slap on an additional $50 storage fee each day.
Oscar Bautista didn’t want his family to worry about his funeral arrangements when he died, so he made arrangements and paid for his future resting place.
Gary Medina says his chemotherapy pill Tretinoin is keeping his Leukemia in remission. However, the pharmacy quoted him $3,359 for a one-month supply.
According to CHP paperwork, the car’s Vehicle Identification Number or VIN was switched. Ruben says the investigator told him he may never get it back.
Jason Wood was surprised his replacement Southwest Chase Visa showed up pre-activated. He realized it after swiping the card at a gas station.
When Deborah Moore bought end tables from a consignment shop three years ago, she says the owner claimed he lost her check. She put a stop payment on it and wrote him another one. Then, years later she got a surprise.
According to the state, students can request refunds from the school, or apply to have their federal loans discharged. There is also a fund they can tap into called the Student Tuition Recovery Fund.
According to the Department of Education, the entire chain of Marinello schools with 56 campuses across the country received $87 Million in Federal loans and Pell Grants in 2014-2015.