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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

The sign at the entrance to the Otay Mesa Immig...

San Diego First Border County To Provide Free Legal Aid To People Facing Deportation

May 4
By Cristina Kim

County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to establish the Immigrant Rights Legal Defense Program.

Homeless tents are shown lined up downtown Dieg...

San Diego Mayor Joins Call For A $20 Billion Investment To Fight Homelessness

April 29
By Cristina Kim

If approved, the record-breaking funds would come from the state budget over the next five years.

County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer speaks at ...

Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer Proposes Immigrant Legal Defense Program

April 27
By City News Service, Cristina Kim

San Diego County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer introduced a plan Tuesday intended to make San Diego the first southern border county in the United States with a program to provide legal representation for immigrants facing removal proceedings.

Johanna Hester, Vice Chair of Child Care Provid...

San Diego Child Care Providers Urge State To End Child Care Deserts

April 22
By Cristina Kim

Since the pandemic, 535 child care providers have shuttered their doors in San Diego county, roughly 12% of the county’s providers, putting a strain on an already beleaguered child care system.

People rally in support of the verdict in the D...

San Diego Civil Rights Leaders Want Support For The George Floyd Justice In Policing Act

April 21
By Cristina Kim

On the heels of the murder conviction against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, San Diego civil rights leaders are calling on local governments to formally support H.R. 1280.

The San Diego Police Department headquarters is...

San Diego Councilmembers Discuss Ongoing Racial Disparities In Policing

April 14
By Cristina Kim

They heard from the author of a study showing that San Diego police agencies were twice as likely to stop Black people as white people.

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