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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

Connie Salinas of Sacramento shows a large rip in the collar of her daughter's shirt. Salinas said her Kenmore Elite washer destroys clothes, but Sears won't replace it.

Call Kurtis: Store Won’t Replace Recalled Washer That Rips Clothes

After two years and eight service visits, the washer is still clanging, wasting water and destroying her family’s clothes, a Sacramento mother of two told Call Kurtis.

05/01/2014

Locksmith Mohannad Mahfouz tells consumer investigator Kurtis Ming the $50 rate his company advertises will always end up costing customers much more.

Call Kurtis Investigates: The Dark Side of the Locksmith Industry

A Call Kurtis undercover investigation exposes a dark side of the locksmith industry that reputable and long-established locksmiths characterize as a major threat to their business — and to vulnerable customers desperate to get back into their homes.

04/29/2014

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Call Kurtis: State Threatening Collections Over My Incorrect Tax Bill

An Olivehurst man says the State of California is trying to tax him twice as much as he owes on the wreckage of an old plane he bought.

04/28/2014

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Call Kurtis: Why You May Be Wasting Hundreds On Internet Service

Call Kurtis has learned many Internet service subscribers pay hundreds of dollars in Internet fees they can avoid completely.

04/25/2014

A man identifying himself as Enrique Garcia speaks to consumer investigator Kurtis Ming after DMV issued him a citation.

Call Kurtis Investigates: Illegal Car Flippers Selling Dangerous Vehicles

Flipping cars is illegal without a dealers license, but a Call Kurtis undercover investigation reveals it’s happening all across the state.

04/24/2014

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Call Kurtis: Wait! — The Warning Signs To Watch Out For Before You Buy An Extended Warranty

Warranties are often tightly written and dense, which can make them hard to understand. But there are some buzz words to watch out for.

04/17/2014

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Call Kurtis: Why Your Old Cable Company Could Bill You

ELK GROVE (CBS13) — Billed by her old cable company three months after she switched to a new company! When Irene Torres said it would take months to fix, it was time to Call Kurtis. [...]

04/14/2014

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Call Kurtis Investigates: Lawmaker’s Fire Tax Bill Could Clear Way for Refund of $1.3M Wrongly Collected

A state lawmaker introduced a bill that would authorize Sacramento Metro Fire to refund taxpayers $1.3M in taxes wrongly collected, after a Call Kurtis investigation uncovered the agency’s plans not to return the money.

04/11/2014

A closeup of one of the fake bills. (Credit: Sonora Police Department)

Call Kurtis: Stuck with A Counterfeit Bill? How You Can Protect Yourself

When Crystal Mohamed said Target gave her a counterfeit bill for change — a bill that Walmart later confiscated when she tried to use it.

04/10/2014

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Call Kurtis: Unlicensed Cell Phone Repair Store Lost My Phone

Left with an empty iPhone box, John Gonzalez said his cell phone repair store wouldn’t return his phone more than a month after he dropped it off.

04/07/2014

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Call Kurtis: How Well Do Pet Amber Alert Services Work?

There are a lot of companies advertising pet amber alert services online, usually offering to robocall everyone in your neighborhood with a recording that describes your lost pet.

04/03/2014

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Call Kurtis: Where’s That Refund For My Recalled Electric Car?

ZAP is recalling the 2008 Xebra vehicles over a brake issue that “may result in a crash,” according to the notice sent to owners like Rowden.

03/31/2014

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