Jim Mendoza

Jim Mendoza

Reporter

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.

Awards:

  • Edward R. Murrow Award Recipient
  • Emmy Award Recipient

Education:

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

Recent Articles by Jim

  Hawaii students create innovative app that’s helping 100s of Philippine farmers

  His valor earned him the nation’s highest military honor. He struggled to accept it.

  Moanalua High team recognized for innovative design in national competition

  Hawaii science teacher (who’s never seen snow) selected for Arctic expedition

  A Maui woman’s crusade: Put faces to all the names on Vietnam Veterans Memorial