KIMBERLY KING is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award-winning reporter for WLOS. You can watch Kim weekdays on News 13.
Kim was recently honored with a large market Emmy, a National Journalism Excellence Award from ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians) and a regional Edward R. Murrow award, for her investigation into Mission Hospital’s emergency room wait times.
Kim has special expertise covering criminal justice. More than a year after covering Asheville plastic surgeon Dr. Buddy McCutcheon’s murder, Kim broke the news that a grand jury had indicted his wife, Brenda, for his death. Kim was also first to report Robert Jason Owens, charged in the triple murders of Food Network reality-star Cristie Schoen Codd, her husband J.T., and their unborn child, was pleading guilty to the murders and, in return, would avoid the death penalty.
Kim has also covered a variety of stories in the mountains, from environmental to community to government issues. She uncovered state environmental penalties that cost the city of Brevard more than $9,000 resulting from a local business' insufficient treatment of wastewater. Kim broke the news Asheville would host the 2018 women’s Fed Cup, featuring Venus and Serena Williams, now being touted as the city’s biggest sporting event ever.
In a story that received national attention, Kim reported McDowell County magistrates were refusing to perform same-sex marriages. She also extensively covered the passage of HB2, also known as the "bathroom bill." She broke the news that the E.K. Kellogg Foundation canceled its annual conference at Asheville’s Grove Park Inn because of HB2. That conference was estimated to have an economic impact of $1.5 million for the city.
Kim’s investigation into Corrective Solutions, a for-profit company hired to handle thousands of misdemeanor cases for the Buncombe County District Attorney’s office, led to the revelation the company was charging individuals hundreds to enroll in return for case dismissals. The DA has since canceled the contract.
Kim also covered the massacre inside Charleston's Emmanuel AME church in 2015 and the riots in Charlotte following the controversial shooting death of a black man by a Charlotte police officer.
Kim has won numerous awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and NATAS (National Academy of Television and Sciences). She earned her first regional Edward R. Murrow award for her six-year investigation into the long-unsolved murder of an Indiana University student.
Kim covered Sept. 11 in her hometown, New York. She graduated from Southern Methodist University and has worked at stations in Dallas, Indianapolis and Savannah. Kim is a proud volunteer for Buncombe County’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program and is extremely proud of her little sis, Chayla. Kim wants to hear from you. If you have an important story or investigative tip, call her cell at 828-808-5360 or email her at email@example.com.