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

$32M project aimed at easing gridlock for Waianae-bound commuters

  Hurricane Walaka’s legacy: Decimated reefs and invasive algae

  Non-profit partners with Hawaii students to build a satellite for space exploration

  ‘Truly an honor’: Maui man selected to umpire at Little League World Series

  ER tech who stopped an attack on a coworker asks for help to get back on his feet

  Floating wetsuit helps Hawaii reef volunteers restore damaged coral

  New push afoot to help those with developmental disabilities save money

  A witness to one of the world’s darkest days recounts his story of resilience, hope

  Italian princess who lives in Hawaii wins partial victory in court fight over priceless art

  For pedestrian crash survivor, hospital stages a special graduation for one

  High-tech digital scanner spots tiny cancer lesions other scanners miss

  Central Middle finds rare photos, historical artifacts packed away in storage

  Survivor of 2015 Paris attack has message of resilience for Honolulu audiences

  Rehabilitating patients practice grocery shopping, travel in realistic ‘lab’

  21 years after a loved one’s murder, a family pleads anew for closure

  Humility the secret to success for Japan’s top high school football team

  Schofield soldiers welcome children from Osaka orphanage for annual summer stay

  Father-daughter team to paddle Kaiwi channel to help feed Hawaii’s hungry

As protests continue, Mauna Kea closure crippling tour companies

  A one-of-a-kind ukulele talent proves ‘anything is possible’

  At Kalihi nonprofit, young people tackle bike repair ... and find vital life lessons

  78 years after the Pearl Harbor attack, another recently identified sailor is laid to rest

  Teen girls learn to use a key natural instinct in a specialized self-defense class

  After 45 years with facial paralysis, a Kona woman is finally able to smile

  Results from a Shriners hospital study could improve child healthcare, rehabilitation rates

  Air Force veteran’s haul from 2019 Warrior Games: 13 medals and new outlook on life

  Over the summer months, blood donations dip, but need remains the same

Maui teen’s neighborhood car clean-up may earn him his Eagle Scout badge

  New tech is giving Queen’s physicians a roadmap to help pinpoint heart disorders

  A food truck owner’s secret sauce for helping the homeless: He offers them a job