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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: 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.


Morning commuters travel the 210 freeway between Los Angeles and cities to the east on December 1, 2009 near Pasadena, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Call Kurtis: Controversial State Program Gives Away Money for Smog Repairs

If you meet income requirements, the state will pay up to $500 in repairs, or up to $1,500 if you retire your old vehicle.



Call Kurtis: What Happens If Your Donated Car Is Stolen Before It’s Sold?

Unlike many donations, cars can only be written off for the value fetched at auction — usually far less than the Kelley Blue Book value.



Call Kurtis: How Long Do Manufacturers Make Spare Parts?

Kelly Souza spent about $3,000 on her GE refrigerator seven years ago, but she said now it won’t stay cold.



Rocklin Cosmetic Surgeon Surrenders License After Call Kurtis Expose

After our story about cosmetic surgeon Dr. Efrain Gonzalez, we heard from quite a few patients who said they were injured as well.



Call Kurtis: Producer Matt’s Favorite Stories of 2013

This year was a busy one for Call Kurtis, and this week CBS13 is revisiting some of the most popular stories of the year.


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Call Kurtis: What Hospitals Don’t Have To Tell You About Your Bill

Patients need to realize they’re also paying to cover hospital equipment, salaries and even other patients who don’t pay their bills, according to Jan Emerson-Shea of the California Hospital Association.



Call Kurtis: The Car Wash Damaged My Car And Refuses To Show Me Surveillance Video

He drove the restored vehicle through the Quick Quack Car Wash to find 38 marks on the bumper which he says look like they were caused by the brushes.


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Call Kurtis: When Do Companies Have to Honor Big Sale Prices?

When Mayer brought it to Sears’ attention, he said the company told him he’d have to pay the current price if he wanted to switch his order.



Call Kurtis: How Long Can Companies Backbill You?

Bill Jones says he was billed for almost nine years of alarm monitoring service — a sum of more than $2,300.


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Call Kurtis: What Can You Do About Early Termination Fees?

Verizon had a limited-time deal, offering savings of $140 for her family, she said. She made the switch nine days before her contract ended, planning to just pay off the pro-rated remaining nine days of her AT&T contract.



Call Kurtis: How Many Service Repair Attempts Does It Take To Fix A Stove?

But she said it stopped heating properly. If it can’t be fixed, she thought she’d get $500 credit toward a new model. How many tries should Sears get to fix it?