Jim Mendoza

Jim Mendoza


Honolulu, HI

This might not sound politically correct for a journalist, but I've never had a "love affair" with news. I love God and my family.

But I am passionate about my craft and driven to excel. That's all the motivation I need.

August 16, 1977, was the day Elvis died. It was also my first day on the air at a tiny radio station.

I was so nervous my voice cracked and I couldn't breathe. I survived.

That's where my journey started. I'm still going.

I have interviewed celebrities and criminals, politicians, and people on both sides of the track. I've learned something from all of them and the learning continues.

News events affect and involve people. I'm a people person. It's a perfect fit.

Jim is an Emmy Award winning journalist who has garnered recognition for outstanding reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists. At KGMB9 he has worked as news anchor/reporter and as sports anchor/reporter. He attended Kailua High School and the University of Hawaii, where he earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism.


  • Edward R. Murrow Award Recipient
  • Emmy Award Recipient


  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, B.A. in Broadcast Journalism

Recent Articles by Jim

These paramedics saved his life. Today, he got to thank them.

  At rehab hospital, this four-legged friend offers his own brand of medicine

  Filmmaker’s 400-mile skateboard ride through the Philippines now a documentary

  Manoa music school institutes extra COVID-19 protocols to keep everyone safe

  Iolani School’s new interactive art sculpture is a feast for the eyes ― and ears

  Report identifies the top credentials Hawaii employers are looking for when hiring

  'We never give up on them’: Adult Friends for Youth marks 34 years of helping turn lives around

  Odd jobs (a lot of them) earned him $50K to pay off student loans and a great story to tell

  Adopt-a-Family 2020: A single mom hopes to offer her kids Christmas cheer

  This Veterans Day, a Hawaii family remembers a WWII hero taken by COVID-19

  Manoa woman’s green thumb helps the Hawaii Foodbank feed hungry families

  They make their living on junk removal, but these clean-ups don’t earn them a dime

  Amid the pandemic, these ‘ambassadors of aloha’ have taken on a greater role

  HUGS Hawaii goes virtual to support kids with serious illnesses and their families

  Island musician whose hospital duet went viral making big strides after transplant

  The world is this 16-year-old artist’s canvas. Her message? Save the planet.

  Huge animal airlift to move hundreds of Hawaii cats and dogs to mainland

  Smartphone app helps businesses rent out their empty parking spaces

  New production on domestic violence offers firsthand accounts to go beyond the statistics

  Dance studios find hanging onto students amid strict restrictions ‘just impossible’

  Since launching, Queen’s hotline for COVID-19 questions has taken 50,000 calls

  With donations down and need up, Hawaii’s nonprofits get creative to make ends meet

  There are surf museums in California and Australia. One lawmaker asks: Why not Hawaii?

  Center turns to Zoom to keep Hawaii seniors connected (and moving) from home

  New documentary depicts the end of WWII through rare footage, firsthand accounts

  75 years ago, ’Mighty Mo’ played a starring role in the end of WWII

  Affordable rental project in historic Chinatown district set to open in October

  Education expert says making the world a classroom can enhance distance learning

  Surge testing on Oahu soars again on second day

  Oahu pig farm bouncing back after pandemic slashed its pork sales