KQED Radio Staff
Mina Kim covers news and trends in health across California for KQED public radio. Mina got hooked on public radio in 2004, during a brief fellowship with KQED's Pacific Time, which is no longer in production. She honed her journalism skills as KQED's fill-in reporter and as a freelance reporter and producer for NPR, Marketplace and various news websites. She became KQED's full-time general assignment reporter in 2010, when the organization began expanding its local news coverage.
Mina strives to include in her stories the voices of those most affected by policies and adverse events. She received the National Radio Award from the Asian American Journalists Association in 2007, and has received several journalism fellowships.
Mina earned her B.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Michigan. She was an elementary teacher in New Jersey, and the director of a women's organization in Los Angeles before pursuing journalism. She facilitated leadership and management training programs for faculty at UC San Francisco, and minority executives in Sacramento through the Coro Center for Civic Leadership.
Stories (158 archives)
In 2012, Oakland recorded 131 homicides, most the result of shootings in the city. Young black males have been the most frequent victims. Today, in the second of three stories examining the toll gun violence takes on communities, we hear the story of a mother's hopes and son's dreams ended by a spray of gunfire.
The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut has opened a new national dialogue about guns and gun violence. In a three part series, we'll be focusing on gun violence in communities and why some consider it a public health emergency. We begin in Oakland with a profile of a group of residents organizing to try and stop the shootings.
Many of California's Democratic lawmakers who see blue skies ahead would like to roll back the deep cuts they approved in recent years for everything from courts to social safety-net programs. Advocates for the state's poor and elderly greeted Brown's budget with mixed feelings.
State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says the latest rate hike by Anthem Blue Cross on small business plans is "unreasonable" -- but he's powerless to stop it.
Gun rights groups are gearing up to fight a bill that would regulate and track ammunition sales in California. But state legislators say they're prepared for an uphill climb.