KQED Radio Staff
Evening Anchor, KQED News and Host, Friday Forum
Mina Kim is evening anchor for KQED News and Friday host of Forum. She got hooked on public radio in 2004, during a brief fellowship with KQED's Pacific Time, which is no longer in production. Since then, she's filed for NPR, Marketplace and other public radio programs. She became KQED's general assignment reporter in 2010, The California Report's health reporter in 2012, and was named KQED News' evening anchor in 2013.
Mina strives to include in her stories the voices of those most affected by policies and events. Her work has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Asian American Journalists Association.
Stories (176 archives)
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.
Monster Beverage of Corona is suing San Francisco's top attorney. The energy drink maker says the city is "unfairly singling out" the firm.