Celebrating the life and legacy of James Kim

Friends, family gather in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to remember the life of the CNET senior editor, who passed away in December.

Hundreds showed up at a public memorial Saturday for CNET senior editor James Kim, who died of hypothermia in the snowy Oregon wilderness in December while seeking help for his stranded wife, Kati, and two young daughters, Penelope and Sabine. Family and friends, as well as strangers who had been touched by the Kims' tragedy, gathered under sunny skies at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to reminisce about Kim, and to celebrate his life and legacy with drumming, dancing and arts and crafts for kids.

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Speakers included CNET associate editor Jasmine France; Kim's widow, who was rescued along with the Kims' two young daughters; his sister, Eva Kim; and Andrew Hawn, who was Kim's supervisor at TechTV, where he worked as an on-air personality prior to joining CNET. Standing in the park's band shell before a colorful curtain of orgami cranes folded by family and friends, they recalled Kim as a devoted husband, father and friend and a dedicated technologist. At CNET, Kim covered digital audio and co-hosted a weekly video podcast for Crave.

Also at the memorial, The James Kim Technology Foundation was unveiled. More information on the fund, which will support technology education in public schools, can be found at www.jameskimtechfound.org.

About the author

Leslie Katz, Crave's senior editor, heads up a team that covers the most crushworthy (and wackiest) tech, science, and culture around. As a co-host of the now-retired CNET News Daily Podcast, she was sometimes known to channel Terry Gross and still uses her trained "podcast voice" to bully the speech recognition software on automated customer service lines. E-mail Leslie.


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