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

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.

Investigators: Pipe in SB oil spill corroded to 1/16 of an inch

Preliminary findings from federal investigators show the pipe had been worn down to a thickness of about 1/16 of an inch.

Allenco another step closer to pumping oil again

The newly granted permit contains a completely rewritten set of operating conditions. It reflects changes made at the site and requirements to keep it odor free.

AP: Increased oil production linked to leaks (updated)

The oil pipeline leak that was detected on Tuesday reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure.

Environmental groups sue to reduce soot ... eventually

The groups find fault with a soot-reduction plan proposed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. But they can't fight it yet, because the EPA hasn't accepted it.

Turning off sprinklers this week would save 650 million gallons

Storms brought a little much-needed water to a parched California, and they could lead to more conservation, if homeowners hold off on irrigating their lawns.

Drought: Taking out your lawn? How to choose what to do next

You've made the decision to replace your water-sucking grass lawn. But what to replace it with? Not all options are equal. Let us take you through your options.

LA water fines already four times the number issued in 2014

The agency issued 27 financial penalties in the first four months of the year. It only gave out seven in all of 2014. Still, most enforcement against water waste is handled through warnings.

Using Google Street View to save vulnerable pines

Google Trekker is the backpack version of Street View. It's been used to map out-of-the-way trails. Now it's being used to keep track of dying Bishop pines.

Mountain lion has left crawl space under Los Feliz home

A mountain lion was found trapped in the crawl space of a Los Feliz home, according to NBCLA. Home security technicians found the big cat, famous mountain lion P-22.

Falling sardine population likely to limit fishing next season

Sardines are a valued food source for humans and marine animals. It's unclear whether the current low numbers are part of a natural cycle, but all agree fishing shouldn't happen for awhile.

Mayor unveils 'ambitious' plan to make LA greener

Among the plan's goals: a bike sharing program by 2017, freedom from coal power by 2025 and 275,000 new housing units by 2035. Officials say it's "achievable."

LA County gets a C+ on the environment

The county has made improvements on recycling efforts but got poor marks on conserving local plant and animal communities, according to a first-of-its-kind UCLA report.