Chip Yost
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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
  • Two Anaheim men charged with conspiring to provide material support for ISIS appeared in a Santa Ana federal courtroom on May 22, 2015. Nader Elhuzayel is at left and Muhanad Badawi is at right. (Credit: Bill Robles)

    2 Anaheim Men Charged With Supporting ISIS Wanted to Die As Martyrs: DOJ

    Two men arrested in Southern California and charged with conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist group Islamic State had expressed a desire to die as martyrs, authorities said Friday. Muhanad Badawi, 24, and Nader Elhuzayel, 24, both of Anaheim, were arrested by FBI special agents Thursday evening, the U.S. Department of Justice stated in a news release. Badawi and Elhuzayel used social media to discuss ISIL and terrorist attacks, expressed a desire to die as martyrs and made arrangements for […]

  • Jaquinn Bell is seen in a booking photo provided by the Santa Ana Police Department on Nov. 3, 2014.

    Man Sentenced to 15 Years After Killing 3 Girls on Halloween in Santa Ana Hit-and-Run

    A 32-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years behind bars Thursday after being convicted of killing three teenage girls in a hit-and-run last Halloween in Santa Ana. Jaquinn Ramone Bell, of Orange, received the maximum sentence of 13 years and 8 months in prison for manslaughter and an additional two years in county jail in part for a probation violation. Bell was speeding on Oct. 31, 2014, when he fatally struck twin sisters Lexi Perez and Lexandra Perez and their […]

  • High School Student Injured in Apparent Fall After Being Blindfolded During Class Experiment

    An investigation was underway Wednesday into how a student at Temecula Valley High School fell from a second story landing. Chip Yost reports from Temecula for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

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    Virginia Girl, 9, Moved by California’s Sick Sea Lions, Raises $1,700 for Rescue Efforts

    When Alana Thogerson’s mom returned to Virginia after a trip to California, she brought home a picture and a story about a sick baby sea lion she found on the beach. Nine-year-old Alana was so moved by the plight of the sea lions, she made it her mission to raise as much money as she could to help. Alana sold things, asked for donations at little league games and even set up a GoFundMe account. Her efforts culminated in a […]

  • Smoke envelopes firefighters as they gain entry to a fire at a commercial business on May 18, 2015. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Fire at Anaheim Commercial Building Quickly Knocked Down

    A second-alarm fire in a commercial structure in Anaheim had firefighters cutting through a roof and metal door on Monday morning. The blaze was reported about 1:30 a.m. as a “working fire” with smoke showing in a single-story strip center at West Gramercy Avenue and North Valley Street (map), Anaheim Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Rusty Coffelt said. After calling for additional resources, firefighters were able to contain the blaze in about 15 minutes, Coffelt said. They cut a hole […]

  • U.S. military participate in a search and rescue mission out of the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, May 13. A UH-1Y Huey helicopter assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, carrying six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers, went missing while conducting humanitarian assistance after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake yesterday. (Credit: U.S. Department of Defense)

    8 Bodies Recovered From U.S. Helicopter Crash Site in Nepal; Pilot Identified

    Eight bodies have now been recovered from the site where a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter crashed while on a relief mission in Nepal, the country’s military said Saturday. It said the bodies are not recognizable. The wreckage of the Huey helicopter was found in a rugged area of Gorthali, with parts scattered around at about 11,200 feet elevation, according to the Nepalese Army. They are investigating at the site along with U.S. military personnel. The helicopter was carrying six U.S. […]

  • A rainstorm soaked Southern California on May 15, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Cold Spring Storm Brings Thunder and Lightning, Scattered Showers and Even Hail to SoCal

    A cold, late-season storm moved into Southern California on Thursday, bringing thunderstorms, lightning, scattered showers and even hail to the drought-parched region. Rain that began to fall midday Thursday was heavy at times, triggering flash flooding in Hollywood, West Hollywood and other areas. The storm was expected to taper off overnight. In Northridge, firefighters rescued a young man from the Los Angeles River who was found clinging to a piece of concrete. “Within a very short period of time, he was […]

  • UC President Janet Napolitano, left, listens as Attorney General Kamala D. Harris speaks at a news conference May 13, 2015, announcing efforts to address campus sexual assault. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

    California Attorney General Unveils Plan for Coordination on Campus Sex Assault Cases

    California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris unveiled a model blueprint Wednesday to improve coordination between law enforcement and colleges on campus sexual assault cases. Harris, who was flanked by University of California President Janet Napolitano and others, said the model memorandum of understanding would help clarify such responsibilities as who would collect evidence and interview witnesses while better supporting those reporting sexual assaults. She said the lack of clear communication, adequate training and designated areas of responsibility too often resulted in disjointed […]

  • Cecil “Paul” Knutson, 79, and Dianna Bedwell, 68, are seen in a photo provided by family members.

    ‘Nothing’s Come Up’ in Search for OC Couple Who Disappeared After Leaving Casino: Daughter

    The search continued Tuesday for an Orange County couple who vanished after leaving a San Diego County casino on Mother’s Day. “At this point, nothing’s come up,” Debbie Apple — the daughter of Dianna Bedwell, who went missing Sunday along with her husband Cecil “Paul” Knutson — said Monday. Knutson, 79, was last seen on surveillance video picking up Bedwell, 68, outside the Valley View Casino & Hotel in Valley Center (map) at about 2 p.m. The couple was expected to go their son’s […]