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

  If working from home has been a tough adjustment, you’re not alone

  What a difference a month makes: This once-busy bakery now struggles to stay afloat

  Nonprofit scrambles to get food from canceled events, shuttered eateries to the needy

  Businesses try on new hats to meet emerging needs of pandemic

  EMS to public: Don’t call 911 unless you have an emergency

  Pandemic guidelines spur mortuaries to offer online viewing of funeral services

  Amid travel concerns, cancellations of destination weddings in Hawaii mount

  It’s hard not to touch your face. But now, there’s an app for that

  Catering companies feel the pinch as event cancellations stack up

  Places of worship make adjustments to deal with coronavirus concerns

  2 Hawaii students describe living in Beijing during start of China’s coronavirus crisis

  Heads up, parents: Application period for preschool subsidies ends soon

  State’s largest industrial distributor of sanitizers ‘basically wiped out of product’

  He needs a life-saving kidney transplant. His reason for fighting: His daughter

  Legacy Trees seeks to honor Marines killed at Iwo Jima with koa forest

  Meet Spot: A four-legged robot that could prove a contractor’s best friend

  Baseball coach fights for control of Kaimuki park dedicated to his 2018 LLWS team

  Waipahu High’s student-run cafe whets appetites for culinary careers

  Paralyzed JABSOM researcher conducts experiments thanks to ‘helping hands’

  UH researchers went looking for urban gardens ... and found an abundance in Kalihi

  A half century after it was lost off Waikiki, a class ring is back where it belongs

  Hawaii teen with a dream of becoming a soccer pro selected for elite national team

  Desperation leads couple to make a public appeal: ‘Need a kidney now. Please be a donor.’

  Diver wants to reunite class ring he found in the waters off Waikiki with its owner

  At 5, this Children’s Miracle Network champ is an inspiration to everyone around her

  3 Hawaii cheerleaders share the spotlight in new Netflix docu-series

  She goes by Julie, grandma or ‘Marathon Goddess’ ... and she’s running for a cure

  From retirement hobby to passion: Aiea man’s pressed pennies are tiny works of art

  Teacher who’s helped countless students use video to tell stories scores national award

  UH study uses dolphins in captivity to better understand their wild counterparts