Jinah Kim

     Jinah is a reporter/anchor for KSWB-TV Channel 5 in San Diego. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved with her family to Los Angeles when she was 6 years old. She grew up in Walnut, California. She attended UCLA, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Jinah has a passion for languages and speaks, reads and writes German, Korean and Spanish.

     Jinah's journalism career began early, as the editor of her high school newspaper. She continued the career path at UCLA, writing for the Daily Bruin. She got her first taste of broadcast news when she interned at CBS in New York City. Jinah has also served as the assistant editor of KAGRO, a national Korean American magazine.

     After graduation, Jinah worked as the weekend desk assistant and newswriter at KSWB's sister station in Los Angeles, KTLA. She moved on to KCCN, the CBS affiliate in Monterey, California, where she produced the 11 pm news. Jinah got the reporting bug and began reporting and anchoring at the FOX station in Salinas.

     Most recently, Jinah received two Golden Mike Awards, handed out by the Radio Television News Association. Jinah’s awards were received for "Best Spot News Reporting" for the Santana shooting coverage and "Best Economic Reporting" for Investing Young. The Associated Press Television-Radio Association of California & Nevada presented Jinah an award for "Best Television Spots News Story" for the Santana School Shooting.

     Jinah's many community involvements include serving on the boards of Project Mercy, the Mayor's Asian Pacific Islander Citizens Advisory Board, the San Diego Asian Film Festival, the Grossmont High School District Media Advisory Board and the Korean American Association. She is also the president of the Asian American Journalists Association's San Diego chapter. In her free time, she likes to travel, read, hike and sing. Her passions include environmental causes, cancer research and literacy.


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