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

  With COVID protocols in place, Mid-Pac gears up to play spring sports

  Inspired by his patients, this physical therapist wants to run 135 miles in 24 hours

  Maui ahupua’a project now has videos to go with its educational road signs

  HPU students design a low-cost solution for protecting healthcare workers

  On Kauai, a tiny credit union lifted a heavy load: Helping hundreds of businesses stay afloat

  Oahu woman is wearing out her running shoes to raise money for keiki battling cancer

  With need higher than ever, food distribution charity worries its funds will soon run dry

  Local artist is taking a business track to break into the music industry

  New foundation helps honor the legacy and service of a Hawaii hero

  Hawaii scientists and surfers unite for new ocean protection campaign

  2 decades later, families of Ehime Maru victims continue to look to Hawaii for healing

  Hawaii’s own Bretman Rock stars in his own MTV reality series

  Budget cuts could shutter Youth Challenge Academy’s Hilo campus

  Hawaii businesses continue to suffer amid pandemic and fear recovery is a long way off

  Despite pandemic, demand for shared working spaces is strong ... and growing

  These women are cataloging Hawaii’s monster winter surf, one photo at a time

  A 12-year-old’s mission to help a friend with epilepsy turns into a push for a new law

  This teacher and his students have a dream: Open a drive-in cinema in Ewa Beach

  New website designed by students for students makes volunteering easy

  Island artist paints tribute to Kobe Bryant with a street mural in Los Angeles

  With new program, Kauai authors hope to teach Hawaii keiki what aloha means

  Today’s pro women surfers ride a wave that started with the sport’s trailblazers

  The survivor of a vicious stabbing learns the road to recovery is not a straight one

  A diagnosis changed this athlete’s life. It didn’t have a chance against his fighting spirit.

  Teenager’s COVID vaccine video game lets players zap the virus

  In new music video, Tavana wants us all to consider our part in creating a ‘plastic island’

  FAA rolling out new rules to integrate drones into national airspace system

  Community members open their hearts (and wallets) to keep a karate institution alive

Hawaiiverse is trying to make it easy to shop local ... and get a great deal along the way

  Hawaii sisters with a love for the violin share their musical talents on the national stage