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 (169 archives)
A state regulator says Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente is failing to provide timely access to mental health treatment. At some clinics, patients are waiting longer than the legal limit of 10 days for appointments. The regulator, California's Department of Managed Health Care, will follow up in six months.
Among other issues, veterans face a challenge shared by many Americans: obesity. Federal officials say more than 70 percent of veterans receiving VA care have weight problems. We visit an elite culinary school in Napa Valley, which runs a healthy cooking program for wounded veterans. Its students include vets from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars -- and it's helping them to eat better, and to ease the difficult transition back to civilian life.
As communities in Fresno grapple with keeping gangs and guns off the streets, some residents in the rural, forested ranges of Northern California say guns are a means of survival. With law enforcement an hour away, guns help them scare off bears and burglars, they say.
Huge advances in medical science are letting people living with HIV rekindle dreams, including those of having a family. A San Francisco program that's helped HIV-positive women have babies for years has recently launched a program thought to be the first of its kind. The program helps straight HIV-positive men become dads.
Californians are getting a glimpse of what health insurance will look like come 2014. Officials with the state's online insurance marketplace, called Covered California, have announced new details about their health plans. They've even unveiled a website where consumers can calculate their premium subsidy.