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

Mountain lions were big news in 2015

This year saw a lot of news about mountain lions in Southern California. Researchers say that's because they had more data collection devices on lions than ever before.

Program that pays homeowners for solar power could extend for 20 years

Solar advocates say "net metering" is essential to keep homeowners incentivized to install roof-top panels. Utilities had sought to reduce the amount of electricity credits available through the program.

SoCal Gas responds to criticisms of massive gas leak

The company says it has tried six times to cap the leaking well. Now, it's focusing efforts on a relief well. That's expected to take three to four months.

Catalina's endangered foxes are plagued by tumors, but there's hope

Scientists discovered the tumors when trying to find the cause of the species' rapid decline. The tumors kill much more slowly than what caused the decline and are thankfully preventable.

SoCal regulators soften pollution requirements on refineries

AQMD staff recommended 14 ton-per-day cuts of nitrogen oxides allowances but said even that wasn't enough to get air to needed levels. The board chose even weaker cuts.

Update: California water savings dip in October

The State Water Resource Control Board reported Tuesday that cities saved 22 percent in October, missing the state's mandatory conservation target for the first time.

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.