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

  A Hawaii-born soldier’s ‘sacred mission’ is bringing closure to families of those lost at war

  Top motocross racer Jeff Upshaw coming to Oahu to promote BMX

  Betty White (no, not that one) says goodbye to Sacred Hearts after 48 years

  ‘It’s an art’: Building trades apprentices to face off in bricklaying battle

  School gets appliances to launder uniforms for students who need clean clothes

  Enchanted Lake residents fear planned development will destroy wetlands

  Elementary school students’ cleanup project breathes life into Kaewai stream

  These incredible middle schoolers are making devices to help students with disabilities

  More than 800 reservations already made ahead of new bulky item pickup system

  Hawaii wheelchair tennis athlete sets sights on 2020 Paralympic Games

  Liberty Jump Team will parachute into Normandy to commemorate D-Day

  Legally blind kids given 'life-changing’ visual aids

  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

Seeing need all around them, here’s how one Hawaii family decided to act

  ‘The hardest thing’: Husband and wife are both disabled and he’s her caregiver

  Performance to feature oboe crafted with centuries-old Hawaiian wood

  Kauai nonprofit teaches at-risk youth big life lessons ... through CrossFit

  Gold Star retreat brings families of fallen Marines together to heal and to bond

  After 16 years, Kauai finally gets residential drug treatment center for teens

  This teen’s no. 1 goal in life is ‘Beat cancer!’ Her classmates are determined to help.

  Nature is his art gallery. His latest haunting murals double as artificial coral reefs.

  This new workout gets your heart beating and brain thinking at the same time

  Lifeguard battling testicular cancer has warning for other men: Don’t ignore the signs

Plogging: The exercise routine with a weird name and an earth-friendly mission

  'They deserve to be heard’: Poetry project gives a voice to English language learners

  These prisoners find camaraderie, joy – and freedom – in hula