Jed Kim Environment Reporter

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Jed Kim is an Environment Reporter for Southern California Public Radio.

Before joining KPCC, Jed was a producer at WNYC’s “The Takeaway” and an associate producer for the HBO documentary “Birders: The Central Park Effect.” His work has been featured on NPR and Marketplace.

Jed graduated from the University of Chicago in 2002, with a biology degree. After a few years of working in a laboratory, he decided that he’d be much happier as a radio reporter. He graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2008.

Stories by Jed Kim

CA high court deals blow to Newhall Ranch development project

The state supreme court agrees with project opponents who argued that an environmental report underestimated the impact of the project's greenhouse gas emissions.

Some whales evolved to make war, not love, study finds

A new study provides evidence of mating strategies in which males face an evolutionary trade-off between developing physical dominance and increased sperm production.

Record harmful algae bloom appears to be declining

The algae bloom stretched from Santa Barbara to Alaska and stymied researchers with its persistence. Though it may be gone for now, it could come back.

King tides on Tuesday could bring 7-foot swells, flooding

Some of the year's highest tides occur around this time. This year, El Niño and 'the Blob' of warm water off our coast could push tide levels even higher.

Space network would detect future wildfires in minutes

The "constellation" of 200 satellites would provide round-the-clock monitoring of wildfires worldwide, with the expectation it would help prevent large multimillion-dollar fires.

Audio Quiz: Can you guess these 10 SoCal bird calls?

Try your hand at identifying bird calls. These birds are known to visit or live in Southern California's mountains. How well can you recognize them?

Drought has reduced birdsong in the San Gabriel Mountains

Jenny Rechel has used her ears to survey birds for nearly 20 years. Her data shows drought lessens the number of species in her study area even more than wildfires.

Potentially record-setting El Niño still on the way

Water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean continued to rise, setting the stage for El Niño. In California, that means chances are high for heavy winter rains.

Millions of acres of California desert now closer to protection

Sometimes two green goals can be at odds. A new plan addresses both the need for more large-scale renewable energy projects and the need to protect habitat.

Scientists need your photographs of coastal El Niño damages

This year's El Niño could bring damaging flooding to our coasts. Scientists want you to help them learn to predict the worst occurrences.

Study finds millions more birds killed by West Nile virus than previously thought

The scientists looked at data for a large sample of captured and banded birds and analyzed how many were re-captured or spotted. They saw a big drop in years after West Nile hit.

New app gives instant info about air quality

The UCLA researchers behind the project are interested to learn how people learn about their air quality and the decisions they make based on it.

Scientists collar third coyote in urban study, lose first

The third coyote to join the study is young, female and loves walks by the river. The first coyote's collar's battery died, so we won't know much more about her.

Strong El Niño likely means wet winter for Southern California, NOAA says

Government forecasters now say a strong El Niño will likely bring wetter-than-average conditions to Southern California and may even help to improve, though not end, the drought.

Port responds to criticisms of its pollution controls

Critics say the Port of Los Angeles should’ve kept on top of mandated pollution controls for one of its biggest customers and worry those controls could be scaled back.