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

  Hanapepe Massacre documentary to explore a dark day in Hawaii’s labor history

  These UH animation students made a short film ... in a single day

  At the ‘Men’s Shed,’ seniors find a place to tinker, socialize and learn

  78 years later, his heroism on Dec. 7 still inspires many (including his grandson)

  A donor gave this triathlete a new heart ... and a chance to ‘live a life worth fighting for’

  Brothers who made IRONMAN history are now helping others break barriers

  Kona businesses reap big rewards from thousands who flock to Ironman race

  Help a Hawaii kid in need directly with new ‘Purposity’ app

  Maui woman’s years-long Ancestry.com search leads to 8 new siblings

  Group raises money to send rice, furikake to Hawaii troops in Afghanistan

  At La Pietra, stress relief comes in an adorable, four-legged package

  Every morning, they greet keiki with cartoons, positive messages and a smile

  Artist’s unique installation invites people to take a walk through a troubled mind

  Queen’s Health Systems welcomes new CEO and she’s got some big shoes to fill

  ‘Life-changing’ UH program offers struggling high school grads a second chance

  You can now borrow a ukulele (along with that book) at select libraries

Theater group seeks survivors’ stories for play on domestic violence

  U.S. Navy vet travels the country to capture stories of fallen service members

  With event, AccesSurf seeks to expand to another ocean sport: Canoe paddling

  Guilty about your child’s plastic beach toys? A Kailua woman has a solution

  A superhero with a heart of gold travels across the country to cheer up sick kids

  Oahu skydiver snags armful of medals and pro card at national championships

  Mid-Pacific Institute earns national recognition for lessons in 3D scanning tech

  Kailua family fights to save their home after contractor and refinancing fiascos

  One of Hawaii’s first living kidney donors needs someone like him ― for his wife

  With handmade bracelets, middle schoolers raise money for child abuse prevention

  From roaches to mosquitoes, ‘Da Bug Doctor’ uses household items to battle pests

  Longtime social justice champion celebrates well-deserved retirement

  Cataract patients now have new lens option for clear vision at all distances

  Small tech business in Manoa works on big NASA project