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

LA River plan pushed along to federal government

The price tag sits at $1.35 billion, and at the moment, it looks like Los Angeles could pay most of the bill to restore nature in 11 miles of the L.A. River.

Lawsuit demands Malibu schools remove toxin-filled caulk

A copy of the lawsuit contends the district is violating federal law by neglecting to remove caulk and building materials at two Malibu schools.

Mountain lion crosses freeway, a rare event that's good news

The crossing is an encouraging sign to biologists trying to preserve genetic diversity among a population of mountain lions splintered into small groups by manmade obstacles.

Sea lion strandings increase, but don't blame climate change

Hundreds of sea lions are washing ashore, overwhelming rescue efforts. Warm water is believed to be causing the strandings because it contains less valuable food.

Freeways, rat poison affecting bobcats' genetic diversity in LA

The study shows that development, freeways and rodenticides are all leading to a smaller gene pool for bobcats in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Exide closure: Lead, arsenic removal from plant will take years

The first phase of cleanup is the complete removal of structures from the property. That can't begin until all contamination on the site has been studied.

Game cameras give glimpse into wildlife along LA River

Four cameras were installed along a patch of the L.A. River near Atwater Village. Two remain after three weeks. The pictures they got are helping researchers understand local biodiversity.

Cougar captured in mall parking lot dies on way to release

The mountain lion was a 100-pound adult male. Outwardly, it appeared healthy. Its body is being necropsied to explain what may have caused its death.

Griffith Park: What a difference a year (and some rain) makes

Contrasting photos from March 6, 2014, and March 6, 2015, show what even below average rain can do to L.A.'s iconic park.

Ridiculously Resilient Ridge returns, redirects rain around region

It seemed to disappear, but government meteorologists say it merely moved around a bit. That's why this winter feels so similar to last winter.

El Niño arrives to the party late and likely to disappoint

It's a weak El Niño, and it comes as our rainy season is nearing an end. Will it stick around and make it rain next winter?

King of sea lions spotted in Southern California waters

You probably won't mistake the Steller sea lion. It's enormous — up to three times the size of the common California sea lion.

Troubled Allenco oil facility works to reopen in LA

Operators say they've done a $1 million upgrade to control fumes residents have said were making them sick. Air regulators to discuss the upgrades at public meeting Wednesday.

LA's Federal Reserve is burning money ... literally

In 2011, the Federal Reserve looked for ways to recycle worn out currency. In L.A., that's meant burning. Now, that money produces enough electricity to power 100 homes.

Starving sea lion pups overwhelming rescue efforts

The number of sea lions stranded on California beaches in January was five times the average. Rescue workers say they won't be able to save all of the animals.