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

Reporter's notebook: To catch a coyote in the city

Scientists have begun monitoring coyotes in Los Angeles's highly developed areas using GPS collars. But first they have to catch a coyote.

A lower water table could be harming desert ecosystems

Groundwater has been drawn upon heavily because of the drought. The Coachella Valley, which has been overdrawn for decades, could give a glimpse of the toll on deserts.

Time to replace your lawn? We have the lowdown on 8 alternatives

We've put together a series of popular landscape options, along with information on how they fare against the traditional Californian lawn in five areas.

El Niño is strengthening. Will it mean rain?

This time last year, forecasters were downgrading their predictions one would even happen. But now it's here, and looks to be getting stronger.

Officials: Some Santa Barbara seafood could be tainted by toxins

Harmful algal bloom toxins have spread down to Santa Barbara. California state health officials are warning people not to eat certain types of seafood from there.

Why there are so many more sharks these days

Heading to the beach this weekend? You stand a decent chance of spotting a great white shark. (Remain calm.)

California hits highest water conservation levels yet

Californians throttled back on water usage in May. That could be good news for hitting mandatory conservation targets, but was it just because of the cooler weather?

First Person: Tim Mann uses running to help the homeless

The program director of Back on My Feet LA says the early morning running program "is not for everybody," but it can help the homeless turn their lives around.

Manhattan Beach area tarballs linked to Santa Barbara oil spill, officials say

Officials with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife collected more than 100 samples.

Group to plant unapproved sycamores in tree-poor Lennox

Los Angeles county says the trees aren't right for Lennox. The environmental group doing the plantings says the area needs shade and clean air.

Massive toxic algal bloom staying out of SoCal for now

Researchers don't know why the neurotoxin-producing algae isn't showing up here, when the largest-ever recorded bloom is happening around Monterey Bay. It's a chance to learn.

Reintroduced frogs are staying alive in the Santa Monica Mountains

The juvenile red-legged frogs still have about a year to go before they begin reproducing. Only a small percentage of the frogs remain, but scientists are hopeful.

El Niño strengthening in Pacific

It developed much later than scientists originally anticipated, and it's been weaker than hoped for, but now it's showing signs of strength. Could it start to roll back the drought?

Santa Barbara County could soon be inundated with gas trucks

Oil stockpiles have been piling up since a pipeline spilled about 100,000 gallons in Santa Barbara County. ExxonMobil wants to use trucks until the line is restored.

Stripped down solar project nears approval in Mojave Desert

The Soda Mountain Solar Project would provide enough power for nearly 80,000 homes. Opponents say it should go elsewhere.