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

On Dec. 7, 1941, a shipyard worker and his son jumped into action to save lives

  A Damien athlete is set to cross the Honolulu Marathon off his Bucket List

  After fighting on the international stage, they want to revive kickboxing back home

  Longtime Waikiki beach boy thanks emergency responders who saved his life

Nanakuli youngsters learn a 4-stringed instrument that isn’t the ukulele

  Nanakuli Village Center, a dream years in the making, becomes a reality

  Vet’s family fights for VA help, says illness linked to Agent Orange

  Hawaii-made short film ‘Molokai Bound’ qualifies for Oscar consideration

  These women have hidden their smiles from the world. That’s about to change

  Heavy smoker’s life saved by complex double lung transplant

  Single dad needs help this Christmas to make his daughters’ lives better

  ‘Christmas gift’ pays off school lunch debt for hundreds of Hawaii students

  Troops transitioning to civilian life find drama-free training in the theater

  Over 150 years, YMCA of Honolulu has been defined by diversity, inclusion

  Naval Air Museum intends to fight ‘wrongful eviction’ from Kalaeloa Aiport

  Housing experts weigh in on affordable housing plan based on Singapore’s model

  Hawaii volunteers join humanitarian mission across the sea in Bali

  This small sailboat is on a big mission in the Pacific: To remind us of the Golden Rule

  Meet a trailblazing cheer team that hopes other schools follow their lead

  A Big Island man’s ‘minimalist maps’ speak volumes about US landmarks

Hawaii’s only professional airsoft team takes aim at national tournament

  A school where good sportsmanship means making sure everyone feels included

  Children of the 90s: This man’s voice brought some of your fave cartoon characters to life

  ‘It’s crunch time’: Kailua windsurfer sets sights on 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

  ‘Canoe Santa’ reflects on the big red suit, what he learned from kids and retirement

  This public school teacher’s dream: For every kid to see learning as fun

  ‘We really need the support’: A popular Chinatown arts center faces possible closure

  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