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 (172 archives)
So-called Affinity scams target specific ethnic or religious communities, preying on the presumption that somebody from inside the group must be trustworthy. And somebody from inside knows what your weaknesses are -- like having certain superstitions. That describes one kind of crime that targets elderly Chinese-American women, spreading shame and despair.
Governor Brown's conservative budget numbers mean Democratic lawmakers are delaying or scaling back plans to restore some social safety net services. Those who were hoping to see safety net services restored in a big way after years of budget cuts will be disappointed.
Health and consumer advocates and insurers are praising Covered California for the health plans and rates it selected for the state-run insurance marketplace. Predictions of premium rate shock under federal health reform didn't come to pass -- but it's too early to break out the champagne.
Officials with Covered California are expected to release, for the first time, a list of the health plans and rates they plan to offer on the state-run insurance marketplace this fall. They'll probably be watching closely for the reaction of one group -- young adults. They make up the largest segment of the state's uninsured, and if they opt out of the insurance market, Obamacare could be in trouble.
Protesters rallied in five cities around the state on Tuesday, calling for a roll-back of cuts to public health programs, such as adult dental care and children nutrition programs. Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing cuts to some of those programs in his latest budget draft.