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Cristina Kim

Racial Justice and Social Equity Reporter

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As the racial justice and social equity reporter, Cristina Kim combines data-driven research and street-level reporting to produce original, authoritative stories for KPBS platforms.

Prior to joining the KPBS Newsroom, Cristina worked on NPR’s “Here and Now” where she produced and reported on housing, homelessness, immigration, and the 2020 election.

Cristina previously worked at KQED in San Francisco where she helped create and launch “Truth Be Told,” an advice show for and by people of color. Her career has also included stints at “StoryCorps” and “Reveal” from The Center for Investigative Reporting. She was part of the “Reveal” team that won the 2019 Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Social Media.

Cristina earned her bachelor's degree in Latin American and Latino Studies from UC Santa Cruz and holds two master's degrees in American Studies with a focus on Media and Asian American Studies from Columbia University and Brown University.

Recent Stories by Cristina Kim

In this July 13, 2021, file photo, conservative...

Roundtable: California Recall Race Tightens

July 30
By Bennett Lacy, Cristina Kim

New polling shows a tightening recall race for governor, far-right groups in east county, and an update on the COVID-19 situation in San Diego.

Erica Miller takes a photo in Chicano Park, Nov...

Exploring The 'X' in Latinx: A Conversation On Identity

July 29
By Cristina Kim, Harrison Patiño

The term "Latinx" has been used increasingly in recent years to describe the Latin-American community as a whole within the United States.

Tenant rights advocates protest the sale of Con...

Tenants' Rights Leaders Protest Foundation’s Billion-Dollar Real Estate Deal With Blackstone

July 27
By Cristina Kim

The San Diego-based Conrad Prebys Foundation sold nearly 6,000 apartment units to the private equity group. Housing advocates say the deal is a blow to local affordable housing.

A ShotSpotter audio sensor on the corner of 65t...

Advocates Urge San Diego City Council To Delay Vote On Surveillance Technology Contract

July 26
By Cristina Kim

Councilmembers are set to vote on whether to keep using ShotSpotter, a system that is supposed to detect when gunshots are fired. Advocates say the technology is flawed and creates community distrust.

Surfer Carissa Moore, of the United States, lea...

Surfing Debut At Summer Olympics Resurfaces Issues Over Native Hawaiian Cultural Appropriation

July 21
By Cristina Kim, Harrison Patiño

While surfing fans are rejoicing, some are raising concerns that what was originally a Native Hawaiian cultural practice has been co-opted into a multi-billion dollar industry.

The exterior of the San Diego Museum of Art in ...

Former Museum Attendant Talks About Why She Is Suing The San Diego Museum Of Art

July 20
By Brooke Ruth, Cristina Kim

“I froze because I just wasn't, you know, like you don't expect to be inappropriately touched at your job,” Zelina Gaytan told KPBS Midday Edition through tears.

The San Diego Police Department headquarters is...

Measure B Author Applauds Proposal To Get Outside Legal Counsel

July 19
By Brooke Ruth, Cristina Kim

The San Diego City Attorney is proposing using outside legal counsel to help draft an updated ordinance that will create the city’s Commission on Police Practices.

In this Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, file photo, peop...

California Reparations Task Force Grapples With Community Engagement

July 9
By Cristina Kim

The newly established task force met on Friday to define what community engagement will look like as they move forward.

A trolley passes through Encanto in this undate...

Community Advocates Want More Urgent Care In Southeast San Diego

July 5
By Cristina Kim

Community advocates say Southeast San Diego is a health care desert. They want to see more urgent care centers available to the residents of Encanto and Valencia Park.

Racial covenant written in 1914 for a property ...

Does Your Home Have A Racially Restrictive Covenant? Share Your Story With KPBS

July 2
By Cristina Kim

For years people who weren’t white were legally prohibited from living in certain areas and homes in San Diego.

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