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

  Kaewai Elementary prints students’ stories into hardcover books

  In ‘long overdue’ honor, memoirs of former Kalaupapa resident put on display

  Police Chief: State’s handling of mentally ill who pose threat should include ‘tough love’

  In wake of shooting, officers rushed to hospital to offer their support and share their grief

  To help her students appreciate the written word, she turns up the volume

  Rediscovery of WWII bomber off Oahu raises hopes for recovery of remains

  For these teens, being the change they want to see starts with a website

  The next UH head football coach faces challenges even Rolo couldn’t fix

  WATCH: Moving music video urges Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders to ‘be counted’ in 2020 Census

  One lettuce head at a time, farming program rooted at women’s prison changes lives

  Friends of the Library asks community for help as it seeks warehouse space

  Pint-sized Hawaii robotics team earns spot at big national competition

  He found his calling ... and it was as a ‘golf entertainer.’ (Yep, that job exists)

  A synchronized skating team from Hawaii is showing the world what they’ve got

  Upcycle Hawaii turns other people’s trash into beautiful (sometimes wearable) treasures

  Hawaii trampoline gymnasts dream of soaring at Olympic Games

  UH grad wants to pay off his student debt, one odd job at a time

  In bid to cut food waste, schools tracking how much food is thrown away

  After 100 years in business, Kauai hog farm prepares to shut down

  Hawaiian language play will be opening act at Off Broadway festival

  City sets up HONU center to triage homeless people in Waipahu

  Kaimiloa Elementary’s ‘Visible Learning’ program teaches children to be their own teachers

  From smart helmets to cooling vests, young entrepreneurs showcase their ideas

  A nonprofit on a mission: Helping at-risk youth find their way through sports

  A third grader’s generosity is inspiring others (including UH’s head football coach)

  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