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
  • Octavio Nieto walks at Tesoro High School on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    OC High School Student Walks After Spending Most of Life in Wheelchair

    An Orange County high school student with cerebral palsy was walking Friday after spending most of his life in a wheelchair. Octavio Nieto, a 17-year-old senior enrolled in a special needs program at Tesoro High School, decided he would begin using his walker at the school in order to earn “Tesoro dollars.” The dollars are given to students who accomplish their goals. One day, Nieto was out on the track and saw a plane flying overhead. He asked Kevin Corbett, one […]

  • Douglas Gregory Gutridge was the first cold case investigation resulting in a murder charge for the newly formed Orange County Cold Case Homicide Task Force.

    Man Charged With Murder in Cold-Case Death of Santa Ana Woman in 1989

    A 63-year-old man was charged with murder in the cold-case death of a Santa Ana woman in 1989, authorities announced Thursday. The arrest of Douglas Gregory Gutridge was the first cold case investigation resulting in a murder charge for the newly formed Orange County Cold Case Homicide Task Force (OCHTF), according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Gutridge, 37 years old at the time of the incident, was accused of killing 35-year-old Carla Salazar inside […]

  • All eastbound lanes of the 91 Freeway through Anaheim Hills were closed on Dec. 17, 2014, after a mudslide. (Credit: KTLA)

    91 Freeway Reopens in Anaheim Hills Area Following Rain Triggered Rockslide

    The 91 Freeway reopened Wednesday afternoon after a rock and mudslide triggered by heavy rainfall prompted a partial closure through the Anaheim Hills area ahead of the morning rush-hour commute, snarling traffic in the area. All eastbound lanes were shut down for hours on the freeway near Green River Drive after the flood of mud and rocks came off the hillside just before 2 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol’s incident log. A SigAlert was issued around 2:30 a.m., and all […]

  • 911 dispatcher David Paschke talks about helping a woman save her choking mother. (Credit: KTLA)

    O.C. Dispatcher Helps Woman Save Life of Choking Mother

    A 911 dispatcher has been credited with helping a woman to save the life of her 60-year-old mother who nearly choked to death in Laguna Niguel. The incident took place at about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday when a woman called 911 to report that her mother was choking, according to Steve Concialdi of the the Orange County Fire Authority. David Paschke, a dispatcher with the Fire Authority, took the call and gave step-by-step instructions to the woman on how to perform the Heimlich maneuver. […]

  • An injured worker is lifted out of a shaft in San Gabriel on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Injured Worker Rescued After Falling Into Shaft in San Gabriel

    A worker was rescued after falling into a shaft in San Gabriel and injuring his leg Monday morning. The rescue took place at the intersection of Ramona Street and Mission Road (map), aerial video from Sky 5 showed. Officials received a call regarding a “confined space rescue” at about 8:11 a.m., according to San Gabriel Fire Chief Jim Frawley. A worker, who was working for a sub-contractor on a City of San Gabriel railroad project was working about 20 feet down in […]

  • Part of a second-story balcony collapsed at a mixed-use building in Long Beach Friday morning. (Credit: KTLA)

    Second-Story Balcony Collapses in Long Beach as Pacific Storm Pounds SoCal

    A second-story balcony on a mixed-use building in Long Beach partially collapsed Friday morning as powerful winds and rain continued to pound the region. The collapse happened shortly after 6 a.m. at the building located near Woodruff Avenue and Los Coyotes Diagonal (map). The building contained four residential units on the second floor and some businesses on the bottom. Part of the collapsed balcony was blocking the entry way to the bottom floor units and also crushed the front end […]

  • Employees from the Tommy Hilfiger West Hollywood clothing store make their way through the early morning rain after having their Christmas portrait made at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    Mandatory Evacuations Underway as Powerful Storm Moves Into SoCal Bringing Threat of Heavy Rain, High Surf, Strong Winds

    A powerful storm that battered Oregon and the San Francisco Bay area earlier in the day began moving into Southern California Thursday night. The storm was expected to bring heavy rainfall, damaging winds, towering waves, dangerous lightning and possible flash flooding. The storm threat prompted both mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders in multiple areas, where residents in burn areas spent the day stacking sandbags in hope of minimizing flood and mud damage. Forecasters predicted the “strong storm” could dump up […]

  • Oanh Tran, 47, was fatally struck in Irvine on Dec. 10, 2014. (Credit: DMV)

    Costa Mesa Woman, 47, Dies After Being Struck by Car in Irvine

    Police were investigating a fatal crash Wednesday that took the life of a 47-year-old female pedestrian near a high school in Irvine. The victim was walking next to Arnold O. Beckman High School (map) near the intersection of Bryan Avenue and Patriot Way at about 11 a.m. when she was struck by a Kia sedan, the Irvine Police Department stated in a news release. The woman struck by the Kia was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Police Department. […]

  • Students are seen outside Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, after a bomb threat investigation prompted a lockdown of the campus. (Credit: KTLA)

    Bomb Threat Investigation Puts Bolsa Grande High School on Lockdown

    A bomb threat investigation put a high school in Garden Grove on temporary lockdown Tuesday, two days after a suspicious fire broke out at the same location, authorities said. Officers at 1:45 p.m. were dispatched to Bolsa Grande High School (map), where a student had found a note indicating there was a bomb somewhere on campus, according to a news release from the Garden Grove Police Department. The student turned the note over to school staff, who then initiated the […]