Mina Kim

Mina Kim is KQED News’ evening anchor and the Friday host of Forum. She reports on a wide range of issues affecting the Bay Area and interviews newsmakers, local leaders and innovators. Mina started her career in public radio at KQED as an intern with Pacific Time. When the station began expanding its local news coverage in 2010, she became a general assignment reporter, then health reporter for The California Report. Mina’s award-winning stories have included on-the-scene reporting of the 2014 Napa earthquake and a series on gun violence in Oakland. Her work has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Mina grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Oak Park, CA. She lives in Napa.
A view of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters on March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S.

The White House released a $1.1 trillion budget plan Thursday that proposes deep cuts in spending on environmental protection, social services and education,and calls for a $54 billion military spending increase. According to state officials, the proposal, which also calls for the elimination of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, could have far reaching effects on California. Federal dollars constitute about a third of the state’s budget and a number of programs — particularly those that serve the poor — would need to be scaled down. We discuss what the President’s plan could mean for California.

A screen grab of Robert Kelly's BBC interview that was interrupted by his two children.

Little did professor Robert Kelly know that when he sat down for a BBC interview via Skype from his home office, it would turn into an internet sensation. In a matter of seconds, his two young children wandered into the live interview before their mother dashed in to take them away. For many of the roughly 25 percent of employed Americans who work from home, the video captured the daily battle of conducting business in the most personal of spaces. In this hour, we look at the pluses and minuses of working from home and hear tips on how to do it more effectively. And we’d like to hear from you: what are the challenges you face as a remote employee? What’s made working from home successful for your company? Have you had a ‘BBC Dad’ moment?

A view of Sutro Tower and downtown San Francisco on September 8, 2013 in San Francisco, California

“Frisco,” the word San Franciscans love to hate — or do they? KQED’s Bay Curious podcast recently took up the question of why Bay Area locals are so divided over the nickname. We’ll talk to KQED producer Vinnee Tong about what her reporting on the moniker and the city’s relationship with it. And we want to hear from you: How do you feel about “Frisco”? Do love it, hate it or are you happy as long as no one says “San Fran”?

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Jessia Waldman and Rick Roiting as the bartender in "The Speakeasy."

Turn down a dark alley in North Beach, say the right password to a man in a trench coat, and a secret world of dice games, blackjack and cabaret singers will appear. The Speakeasy, an immersive theater show that recreates the look and feel of a 1920s Prohibition-era drinking club, is interactive and lets actors and audience commingle at gambling tables and a bar stocked with “bootlegged liquor.” Many guests show up in period clothing, from fedoras to flapper dresses, and cell phones are strictly forbidden. (You can’t get a signal in 1923!) We’ll discuss creating immersive theater with The Speakeasy’s producers and the hurdles to finding a permanent space in San Francisco.

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Julian Assange, founder of the online leaking platform WikiLeaks, is seen on a screen as he addresses journalists via a live video connection during a press conference on the platform's 10th anniversary on October 4, 2016 in Berlin.

The CIA figured out how to spy on people through cell phones, websites and smart TVs, and then lost control over that information, according to the website Wikileaks. In what it called its largest release ever, Wikileaks made 8,761 files available Tuesday that detailed surveillance techniques. Wikileaks says it will release more details soon, after allowing tech companies to review the information so that they can patch any security vulnerabilities. We discuss the implications of the disclosure and Wikileaks’ political influence.

A woman holds a cell phone and a credit card.

Digital privacy feels more elusive than ever as we give up personal information for the conveniences of communicating, shopping, and researching topics online. And as the Trump Administration proposes to require certain people to surrender their social media passwords as a condition of entry to the U.S., concerns mount about the level of privacy we can expect from the government. In this hour, we speak to a panel of journalists and digital privacy experts about how to take control of your online identity.

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The Privacy Paradox from Note to Self

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San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo joins Forum to talk about his priorities for the last two years of his term, which include building more housing, improving transportation infrastructure and expanding the city’s police force. We’ll also get an update on how the city is addressing the impacts of last month’s flood, which displaced thousands of residents and caused at least $73 million in damage to public and private property. What’s your question for the mayor?

A Caltrain train pulls into the Palo Alto station.

Arguing that the South Bay’s transportation system is breaking down, the urban planning think tank SPUR released an ambitious proposal for the region Thursday. In its Caltrain Corridor Vision Plan, SPUR proposes improvements to Highway 101 and calls for Caltrain to quintuple its ridership, expand service into downtown San Francisco and upgrade infrastructure. The SPUR report follows the Trump Administration’s decision last week to suspend $647 million in funds for Caltrain’s electrification, a move the rail agency says will hinder its ability to make needed improvements. We discuss the future of Caltrain.

The Caltrain Corridor Vision Plan (Spur.org)

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives for a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray (out of frame) at the Foreign Ministry building in Mexico City on February 23, 2017.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly traveled to Mexico to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. The visit comes on the heels of rising tensions between the two countries over a border wall that President Trump insists Mexico pay for, a renegotiation of NAFTA and most recently, a tightening of U.S. deportation rules.

Donald Trump speaks during a rally in San Jose, California on June 02, 2016.

President Donald Trump has had a busy first three weeks in office, signing executive orders to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and to ban refugees from seven countries. We’ll talk with Bay Area Trump supporters to get their take on the president’s first few weeks in the White House. We’ll also hear what it’s like to be conservative in a predominantly liberal region.  And we want to hear from you: If you voted for Donald Trump, what grade would you give the president so far and why?

Interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile delivers remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After a bruising defeat in November, the Democratic National Committee heads to Atlanta this week to elect a new chair. It’s a key position: The winner will help rebuild the fractured party in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections. We’ll talk with California-based supporters of the two frontrunners for DNC chair, former labor secretary Tom Perez and Representative Keith Ellison.

Floodwaters surround vehicles on February 22, 2017, in San Jose, California.

After being hit by what’s being called the worst flooding in 100 years, San Jose officials called for the mandatory evacuation of about 14,000 residents on Tuesday and Wednesday. The flooding came after another round of heavy rain on Monday caused Coyote Creek, which runs through the heart of the city, to overflow unexpectedly. Some residents had to be rescued from the floodwaters by boat. City officials say the creek is now stable and no longer rising, and the areas under mandatory evacuation have reduced in size. We’ll bring you the latest on the flooding and discuss why residents in San Jose weren’t warned about the threat sooner.

Rep. Ro Khanna poses for a portrait.

Freshman Rep. Ro Khanna is not wasting any time becoming vocal in D.C. The first-generation American has said that he would risk arrest to help prevent the deportation of undocumented immigrants in his district. And Khanna called Ajit Pai, the new Federal Communications Commission Chairman,”the poster child for everything that’s wrong with Washington” for scaling back a program that helps low-income households access broadband. Khanna joins us to discuss his priorities for California’s 17th District, why he thinks the Democratic Party’s future lies in a Bernie Sanders-style populism and President Trump’s new immigration rules.

Detained immigrants are questioned after being captured by U.S. Border Patrol agents on August 16, 2016 in Roma, Texas.

The Department of Homeland Security issued new rules Tuesday broadly expanding the authority of customs and border agents to detain and deport undocumented immigrants. The rules, which implement executive orders signed by President Trump in January, prioritize removal of immigrants who have committed serious crimes as well as those who have been merely charged with crimes. The rules also prioritize deporting immigrants who have defrauded a government agency or anyone who an immigration officer thinks poses a threat to public safety. The rules also direct Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hire 10,000 more officers and expand detention facilities. We discuss the new rules and their potential impacts.