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)
With a flip of the calendar, hundreds of thousands of Californians will begin paying more for their health insurance. Several insurers are planning double-digit rate increases in 2013.
A misunderstanding led many seniors to opt out of California's adult day care program, which offers the frail and elderly physical and mental health treatment as well as social interaction. Those seniors who dropped out can opt back in, but the clock is ticking; the deadline is Monday.
Stanford researchers are looking at ways to help people lose weight that are cheaper and more practical than doctor visits. A new study found that group coaching or take-home DVDs were effective in helping people lose 10 to 15 pounds, an amount with significant positive health effects.
Lesbian and gay couples who have trouble conceiving often find they don't enjoy the same access to fertility services that heterosexual couples do. A new law kicking in next year could help change that.
In the last few months, Monster Beverage of Corona has faced increasing questions about its energy drinks. The Food and Drug Administration is investigating whether the drinks are linked to five deaths, and there's interest at the state and local levels, too.