Mina Kim

Mina Kim is evening anchor and reporter for KQED News and Friday host of Forum. Mina got hooked on public radio in 2004, during a brief fellowship with KQED's Pacific Time, which is no longer in production. She became KQED's general assignment reporter in 2010, health reporter for The California Report in 2012, and KQED News' anchor a year later. She was named Friday Forum host in 2014.

California Same-Sex Couples Look Forward to Federal Benefits

In 2011, more than 28,000 California same-sex couples reported being married, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That includes the 18,000 couples estimated to have been married in the brief time that same-sex marriage was legal in the state. Proposition 8 put an end to that, but now that Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision has … Continue reading California Same-Sex Couples Look Forward to Federal Benefits →

Among Oakland’s Dead, What’s a ‘Typical’ Case?

Tracking gun crimes in Oakland, the numbers are dizzying. In the past five years, there were more than 550 homicides in Oakland, most in shootings. Last month, a grandmother and a 15-year-old girl were among those killed. And according to data compiled by the Urban Strategies Council, 143 Oakland residents age 17 and under were … Continue reading Among Oakland’s Dead, What’s a ‘Typical’ Case? →

Oakland Residents Plead: Pay Attention to Killings

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has opened a new national dialogue about guns and gun violence. In Oakland, where a recent violent crime surge has residents anxious, a group of committed demonstrators are pleading to be heard by the police, policymakers, and their own community. “Somebody died here, we need … Continue reading Oakland Residents Plead: Pay Attention to Killings →

Health Officials Now Say Several People May Have Been Admitted to Hospitals Due to Chevron Fire

Contra Costa County health officials are revising earlier statements that no one had been hospitalized for health problems related to the Chevron refinery fire. Health officials had said as late as yesterday that while thousands of people have been seen in local emergency rooms, none were hospitalized. Now, Contra Costa County’s Public Health Director, Wendel … Continue reading Health Officials Now Say Several People May Have Been Admitted to Hospitals Due to Chevron Fire →

California Bucks Trend in Child Poverty

Children growing up in areas of concentrated poverty are more likely to experience stress, drop out of school, and grow up to be low-income adults. Those are some of the findings of an Annie E. Casey Foundation report released Thursday. In the last decade, the number of US children living in poor neighborhoods grew by … Continue reading California Bucks Trend in Child Poverty →

Tech Companies Agree to Disclose Mobile App Privacy Policies

Smartphone owners who download mobile applications could soon be able to easily access the app’s privacy policy. A deal between State Attorney General Kamala Harris and six technology companies — Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Hewlett-Packard, and Research In Motion — requires that mobile app developers inform users of their privacy policies before users download mobile … Continue reading Tech Companies Agree to Disclose Mobile App Privacy Policies →