Kim Baldonado is a three-time Emmy Award-winning reporter for NBC4 Southern California. As a well-respected, well-rounded journalist, Baldonado is equally comfortable reporting live on breaking news as she is on feature pieces, which she also writes and produces.
Baldonado is known for tackling complex issues. Her exceptional writing and storytelling are always presented in a thought-provoking way that informs and educates. She has been honored for taking on such topics as the decline in public education in Los Angeles and the changing face of homelessness in Southern California. Baldonado specializes in education reporting and often serves as NBC4’s correspondent for the NBCUniversal Education Nation Summit.
She is also passionate about reporting stories that are historically significant, such as her coverage of Pope John Paul II’s important visit to Cuba, which led to progress in religious freedom for the Communist nation. She also covered the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and the massive 1996 Latino and immigrant civil rights march in Washington, D.C. that attracted tens of thousands of demonstrators from across the country.
Baldonado came to NBC4 in 1995 from KCAL-TV, where she worked as a reporter. She began her broadcast journalism career as a news assistant at the San Francisco ABC-owned station. After that, she became an assignment editor for another Bay-area station before moving to Los Angeles to be a field producer for KTTV. In her spare time there, she honed her reporting, writing and editing skills while making a professional reel which would lead to her first job as on-air reporter at a station in Palm Springs.
During her tenure at NBC4, Baldonado has received a myriad of professional awards. She won a prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for her work on the half-hour special “LAUSD: Battle for Control,” and a Los Angeles-area Emmy Award for the special “Forgotten Neighbors.” Her other honors, include two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, several Golden Mikes and an Associated Press Mark Twain Award.
Baldonado is a big believer in giving back to the community. She volunteers countless hours speaking to students about the importance of education and pursuing a college degree. She and NBC4 have joined forces with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) to establish the NBCUniversal/NBC4 Scholarship, the first of which will be awarded by HSF in 2013. Baldonado credits the organization for helping her earn a degree in Social Science from U.C. Berkeley.
When not working or participating in community activities, Baldonado spends a good deal of time with her Little Sister from the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization. Baldonado grew up in San Gabriel, California and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.