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

  ‘Wings Over Pearl’ experience offers living history flights in a WWII fighter plane

  The pandemic and a pilot program reunite brothers who had been apart for years

  Through his students, he keeps the uniquely Hawaiian sound of the steel guitar alive

  Marine debris research team fishes for clues in tons of ‘ghost nets’

  Hawaii soldier featured in Army’s new anime recruiting campaign

  With big hearts and a big home, this Hawaii family seeks to inspire others to foster

  In 1962, Flight 739 disappeared over the Pacific. Grieving families still want answers.

  After a diabetes diagnosis, an Oahu 3rd grader raises thousands for fight to find a cure

  But seriously, folks, this comedian hit a golf shot in every state in 30 days

  Hawaii bank’s new mobile app uses AI to customize experience

  To counter COVID isolation, students create video keepsakes for kupuna

  In this Hawaii Island school club, ‘animals rule!’ and the kids do, too

  In their DJ studio, brothers teach special needs youth the art of digital music mixing

  California ocean adventurer to attempt solo kayak voyage to Hawaii

  Bay View’s driving range scores with addition of ball tracking system

  Twin sisters find a way to turn empty water bottles into donations for keiki

  These robotics champs are at the top of their game and now they’re sharing their secrets

  This researcher is on a mission to preserve military artifacts sitting on the ocean floor

  To prepare for life on Mars, scientists are descending into Mauna Loa’s lava tubes

  At age 7, this Ewa Beach boy nearly died from a rare skin disorder. Today, he’s thriving.

  Scientists are training artificial intelligence to count Hawaii’s deep sea bottomfish

  Hawaii women at the top of their game in pro soccer league

  It took 16 years and lots of persistence to get a stamp honoring Nisei veterans

  Mana Up helps Hawaii entrepreneurs market their products to the world

  After funding loss, nonprofit that serves homeless youth turns to community for help

  With a metal detector and lots of patience, he reunites lost wedding rings with their owners

  To create a carbon neutral Hawaii, this UH professor is working to plant 1M trees a year

  Her great-great grandfather started Love’s Bakery in 1851. She now reflects on a lifetime of memories

Hawaii artist’s COVID exhibit honors healthcare workers, unsung heroes

  At Solomon Elementary, students jump and stomp their way to learning computer science