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Chip Yost is a KTLA reporter and Orange County Bureau Chief.

He joined KTLA in February of 2007 and though he reports on just about everything, his passion and background are in investigative reporting.

He won the 2013 Orange County Press Club award for “best investigative story” in the broadcast/online video category for his coverage of an upholstery business allegedly not fulfilling customers’ orders.

Chip won an Emmy for a story that had him tracking down fugitives who had escaped from the Colorado Department of Corrections. He won a duPont Silver Baton (broadcast journalism’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) for another story where he exposed how a police car could turn into a fiery death trap for officers. Chip was also awarded a Golden Mike for his KTLA report about squatters taking over homes in an upscale Riverside neighborhood.

Before joining KTLA, Chip worked as an investigative and general assignment reporter at television stations in Denver (KUSA-TV), Tucson (KOLD-TV), Yuma (KYMA-TV) and San Diego (KGTV-TV).

Chip grew up in Ohio and earned his bachelor’s degree for business administration at the University of Cincinnati. After a stint as an outside sales representative for AirTouch Communications in Los Angeles, Chip went back to school to get his master’s degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. If you don’t believe him, just ask to see his most recent student loan statement. He’s still paying it off.

Recent Articles
  • Police Looking for Prolific Porch Pirate After Recent Package Thefts in Irvine

    A man captured on video stealing packages from multiple homes in Irvine recently is believed to be the same individual who has been arrested previously for similar crimes, authorities said Thursday. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Dec. 14, 2017.

  • Thi Nhat Ha Nguyen is shown in a photo released by the Westminster Police Department on Dec. 13, 2017.

    Mother Arrested on Suspicion of Homicide After 4-Month-Old Baby Found Unresponsive in Westminster Home

    A 29-year-old mother was arrested on suspicion of homicide after her baby was found unresponsive in a Westminster home, officials said Wednesday. Westminster police officers responded to the home in the 15000 block of Coronado Street about 10:55 p.m. Tuesday. The baby’s father told police his girlfriend, Thi Nhat Ha Nguyen was acting strangely and their son, Nau, was not breathing. Hung Nguyen told KTLA that he asked his girlfriend what happened and he said she just kept laughing. He […]

  • Police officers wear face masks to protect against smoke coming from the Skirball Fire in upscale Bel-Air on Dec. 6, 2017. (Credit: Robyn Beck//AFP/Getty Images)

    Breathing Safely: Public Health Officials Offer Tips to Residents in SoCal Wildfire Areas

    Public health officials have offered tips on how to breathe safely — from finding the right breathing mask to knowing when to use it — in parts of Southern California where multiple wildfires this week have left the air riddled in smoke. A map from the Environmental Protection Agency shows an area just north of Los Angeles — near Ventura County where the Thomas Fire has burned over 100 square miles — that is marked red as it’s considered “unhealthy.” “Everyone may […]

  • The Creek Fire was 0 percent contained on the night of Dec. 5, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    11,000-Acre Creek Fire in Foothills Above Sylmar Forces Mandatory Evacuations Affecting 110,000 People

    A brush fire burning in the foothills above Sylmar, Lake View Terrace and Sunland-Tujunga scorched 11,000 acres, burned at least 30 structures and forced more than 100,000 people to evacuate their homes Tuesday. By late afternoon, a state of emergency had been declared in both the city and county of Los Angeles, which had sent firefighters on Monday to battle the much larger Thomas Fire in Ventura County. The Los Angeles County blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, began about 3:42 […]

  • A fire burns in the Riverside area on Dec. 4, 2017. (Credit: Watchara Phomicinda/Southern California News Group​)

    10-Acre Riverside Brush Fire Damages Structures Near Santa Ana River; Evacuations Lifted

    Evacuations prompted by a 10-acre brush fire that damaged structures in Riverside on Monday have been lifted, authorities said. Firefighters were battling the fire off Riverdale Place and Lakeview Avenue near Santa Ana River, according to Cal Fire. Residents west of Van Buren Boulevard and Jurupa Avenue were ordered to evacuate, Ryan Railsback of the Riverside Police Department said. Evacuations were lifted shortly before 4 p.m., according to the Riverside Fire Department. Riverside Fire Capt. Dave McClellan said that about 12:45 […]

  • In court on Dec. 1, 2017, Bonnie Masters-Weber holds up a photo of her daughter after a January hit-and-run crash. (Credit: KTLA)

    O.C. Judge Throws Out DUI Driver’s 2-Year Sentence After Victim Protests She Wasn’t Asked to Speak at Hearing

    A young woman seriously injured by a hit-and-run DUI driver will get a chance – one she had previously been denied due to a mistake on the part of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office – to speak in court at a sentencing hearing for the man who put her in the hospital. The driver, Jorge Daniel Perez, was sentenced to two years in prison after entering a guilty plea in October, but the prosecutor failed to notify victim Jessica Weber […]

  • La Habra Student With Autism to Help Light California Capitol Christmas Tree

    A 7-year-old girl with autism who attends elementary school in La Habra has been chosen to help California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state’s first lady light the Capitol Christmas Tree in Sacramento next week. Chip Yost reports from La Habra for the KTLA 5 News on Nov. 30, 2017.

  • Kevin Rodriguez is seen in a photo posted to a GoFundMe page.

    19-Year-Old Man Fatally Stabbed After Altercation in Temecula Walmart Parking Lot; 1 Detained: Sheriff’s Dept.

    Update: The victim’s parents have spoken out about the fatal incident, which was witnessed by the young man’s girlfriend. Read KTLA’s updated story here.  Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a 19-year-old man who was stabbed in a parking lot outside a Walmart in Temecula early Wednesday afternoon, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities responded to the scene at a Walmart in the 32200 block of Temecula Parkway, sheriff’s officials said. A call came in at about […]

  • SUV Hits, Critically Injures 14-Year-Old Boy at Crosswalk Outside San Juan Capistrano High School

    A teenager was critically injured after being hit by an SUV Tuesday morning at a crosswalk outside a high school in San Juan Capistrano. The incident  happened on  Avenida La Pata and Stallion Ridge near San Juan Hills High School around 7:30 a.m. The victim, a 14-year-old boy, was transported to a hospital while the driver of the SUV remained on the scene, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators weren’t suspecting DUI, officials said. Some residents weren’t shocked, […]