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

  Popular youth sailing program sidelined by the pandemic is back on the water

Pandemic boosts bike sales as Hawaii turns to pedal power as exercise alternative

  Teachers union isn’t on the same page as DOE on what ‘social distancing’ means

  For 3 decades, the Big Island’s ‘Turtle Man’ has been helping save endangered honu

  Unable to meet in person, nonprofit creates online hub for students with disabilities

Daily screenings will now be routine for Honolulu city bus drivers

  Golden anniversary of Roy Sakuma’s ukulele festival to carry on virtually

  Why is the gate at this popular trail closed? The state can’t afford to have someone open it.

  She’d given up on finding her birth father. And then she took a DNA test.

  Thanks to new machine, Tripler can now process 1,000 COVID-19 tests a day

  Proven program for women inmates is casualty of pandemic’s impact on state coffers

  Student’s documentary on the Hawaiian language is showcased by the Smithsonian

Travel ban leaves 100s of Marshallese stranded in Hawaii, waiting for the all-clear to go home

  Mentorship program helps 2020 graduates navigate their next steps

  Every Friday, somber sounds of the bagpipes echo at a Waikiki memorial

The new normal: Hawaii National Guard training this year includes social distancing, masks

  Stroke survivor’s message: Don’t delay care because of COVID-19 fears

  Legendary surfer and shaper Ben Aipa’s boards are up for auction

Have you noticed less litter around? You’re not imagining things

  A little boy’s ‘extraordinary circumstances’ inspire a children’s book

  ‘Dynamic scheduling’ key to ensuring city bus passengers can socially distance

  Orders dried up so this catering business dug into its savings to help feed kupuna for free

  Her video production program in good hands, a Waianae legend hangs up her classroom keys

  Cast from pidgin’ English play remakes classic song for a YouTube audience

  Thanks to a Big Island company, add ‘science fair’ to the list of events that have gone virtual

Preparing for boost in inter-island travel, Hawaiian Airlines outlines new safety measures

  Hawaii native helps Ancestry.com launch DNA study into genetic clues for COVID-19

  Before heading off to high school, these Ewa Makai students got a drive-thru showering of aloha

  Fearing COVID-19, patients are delaying urgent care and putting their health at risk, hospitals say

  Lei murals popping up in Waikiki are a new symbol of aloha during the shutdown