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

Report: Californians reduce water usage by 7.5 percent

Statewide, residents reduced water usage slightly in June and more in July. It's an improvement over May, when water usage increased from the prior year.

Why Monday's rain showers mean little for the drought

Certain parts of Los Angeles County saw brief periods of intense rainfall on Monday morning. Less rain over a longer period of time would be more helpful.

Prospects for rainy El Niño even worse after tame August

Forecasts for an El Niño developing say there's a 60-65 percent change — but even if it does happen, it still won't guarantee rain this winter.

Giant downtown Los Angeles Slip’N Slide proposal gets tweaked

Changes to the proposal have been made to minimize possible traffic congestion and water waste. Those changes include the date, location and water disposal plans.

New clues surface in '09 Station Fire arson deaths

LASD homicide detectives say calls have been coming in with possible clues on the five-year anniversary of the death of two firefighters.

Hundreds gather to call for national monument in San Gabriels

The designation would increase protections for the area, bring additional funding and improve services such as signage and garbage removal.

Supervisors approve development plan for Santa Monica Mountains

The 3-1 vote puts in place standards to guide development in 81 square miles of mountain range that protects wildlife habitat and recreational access.

Station Fire: 5 years later, how is the forest recovering?

Five years ago, the Station Fire burned more than 160,000 acres. It's the largest fire ever recorded in Los Angeles County. How has drought affected the recovery?

Lawsuit filed over identity of desert water customers

Until this year, the Coachella Valley Water District and the Desert Water Agency listed customer names and groundwater usage. Now they've stopped.

Isolated gene pool threatens local mountain lions

Close-quarter living is taking its toll on mountain lions. Normally, 75 percent would leave the Santa Monica mountains, but freeways are keeping them in.

Thousands say 'no thanks' to super-long wet banana

The Slip 'n Slide on steroids would extend for blocks, making for a fun, wet, downtown commute. But many say it's an irresponsible waste of water.

Auditor: Toxics regulators miss millions in cleanup costs

Some of those costs will never be recoup because the statute of limitations has run out on scores of cleanup projects, the state auditor finds.

Scientists dial back prediction of El Niño

It's still more likely than not that El Niño will develop. However, the likelihood that it will bring substantial rain to parched California is falling.

LA County declares emergency following Mount Baldy mudslide

The amount of rain that fell on Mount Baldy on Sunday broke records. It also triggered deadly mudslides that killed one person and damaged more than a dozen homes.

Record-high portion of state under worst drought conditions

The current three-year drought is the worst that California has seen in decades. Most of the state is under conditions only seen once in 50 to 100 years.