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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
  • Irvin Ynfante, who was in a coma after being punched outside a club in Fullerton, is seen in a photo provided by a family member.

    Man in Coma Following Fullerton Assault ID’d by Family; Attackers Sought

    Family members gathered Friday in support of a man who was left in a coma after being punched outside a club in Fullerton last weekend. The incident took place on Saturday at about 2 a.m. in front of the Tuscany Club in the 100 block of North Harbor Boulevard (map). Surveillance video showed a man, who was identified by family members as Irvin Ynfante, falling to the ground after being punched in the face. Ynfante was taken to a local […]

  • Three lifeguards attempting to rescue a tired swimmer were caught in violent waves that reached up to 25 feet on Aug. 27, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Another Day of Damaging High Surf, Strong Rip Currents Expected at SoCal Beaches

    Another day of large swells and very strong rip currents were expected to hit Southern California beaches on Thursday as a high surf advisory remained in effect, according to the National Weather Service. Large crowds gathered at the Wedge in Newport Beach during the morning to watch experiences surfers and body-boarders take on the large waves. Amid the conditions, nearly 175 swimmers had to be rescued in Los Angeles County on Wednesday — which was considered the peak of a […]

  • High surf caused flooding in Seal Beach on Aug. 27, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Several Homes Damaged After High Surf Causes Flooding in Seal Beach

    High surf caused by a hurricane hundreds of miles away led to flooding in Seal Beach Wednesday after water broke through defense barriers. Walls of sand meant to stop rushing water, or berms, were unable to prevent flooding that began around 11 p.m.Tuesday night. Water flooded the first floor and garages of several homes and was at least a feet high in some areas. “Waves come up, carry all the sand, the trash cans from the beach and everything else,” homeowner […]

  • A building in Napa sustained major damages after a 6.0 earthquake hit the area on Aug. 24, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Napa 6.0 Earthquake Caused ‘Significant’ Damage in County: USGS

    Cleanup efforts were underway in the Bay Area on Monday, one day after a magnitude-6.0 earthquake prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency. The earthquake, which struck around 3:20 a.m. on Sunday and was centered between Napa and American Canyon, left more than 200 hurt, destroyed at least four homes and damaged numerous buildings in the region. It caused somewhere between $500 million and $1 billion dollar, according to early estimates. Dozens of aftershocks have hit the […]

  • A home was on fire following a major earthquake that was centered near Napa on Aug. 24, 2014. (Credit: KGO)

    Napa Rocked by Magnitude-6.0 Earthquake; State of Emergency Declared

    A state of emergency was declared in Napa following an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 that shook the Bay Area early Sunday and left as many as 200 people people injured, structures and roadways damaged, and many without power. The large temblor, which struck about 3:20 a.m., was centered about 6 miles southwest of Napa, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It hit at a depth of about 7 miles and lasted between 10 to 20 seconds. The quake was […]

  • A rare high surf with waves of 10 to 15 feet was expected for several days at Southern California beaches beginning Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    High Surf Advisory in Effect for Southern California Beaches

    A high surf advisory was in effect for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties Sunday, warning swimmers about strong rip currents. The unsafe swimming conditions were caused by a tropical storm about 900 miles southwest of the L.A. area, according to the National Weather Service. Waves of 7 to 8 feet, with a maximum of 9 feet, were expected. “When you get big waves like this, currents and rip currents, they’re all along the coast … if you’re a swimmer, it’s way […]

  • Police investigate a robbery attempt at the Tick Tock Jewelry Store in Westminster on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

    Robbers Flee From Jewelry Store After Employee Opens Fire in Westminster

    A pair of robbers fled from a Westminster jewelry store after an employee opened fire Thursday, in the third such shooting at the store within about two years. The incident began when two men started smashing cases at Tick Tock Watches at the Asian Garden Mall (map) just before 12:30 p.m., according to Cmdr. Bill Collins of the Westminster Police Department. An employee — or possibly the store’s owner — then pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the men, according to […]

  • David Arzate Cabrera appears in court on Aug. 20, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suspect in Deadly 91 Freeway Shooting May Have Mexican Drug Cartel Ties: Court Document

    The suspect in a drive-by shooting in Anaheim that left a father of four dead may have Mexican drug cartel ties, a court document released on Wednesday showed. The document came to light the same day that David Arzate Cabrera pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges related to the July 14 shooting on the 91 Freeway. “Cabrera is a Mexican national citizen. He is a stated hi-level drug dealer. A known cartel related lawyer called a sheriff’s narcotics investigator […]

  • Jonathan Phan, 29, was arrested in connection with a residential burglary in Santa Ana, police said. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

    Alleged Intruder Arrested in Santa Ana After Stripping, Leaving ID at Victim’s Home

    A 29-year-old man who allegedly broke into a woman’s Santa Ana home, took off his clothes and climbed into bed with the sleeping victim was arrested after he left behind his driver’s license, police said Monday. Jonathan Phan was accused of breaking into the victim’s home in the 2100 block of West Civic Center (map) last month, a news release from the Santa Ana Police Department stated. During the alleged break in, Phan removed his clothes, got into the victim’s […]