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
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    ‘Nobody Wins,’ Prosecutor Says of Conviction of 2 Women in Death of Kim Pham

    A day after being handed the case, a jury on Thursday found two women guilty of voluntary manslaughter instead of murder in the death a 23-year-old Huntington Beach woman who collapsed after a fight outside a Santa Ana nightclub in January. Kim Pham died three days after she was taken from the scene of a melee that was caught on cellphone videos in front of The Crosby nightclub. Her death generated intense interest nationally, partly because it initially appeared incorrectly that no one […]

  • Maribel Ramos' body was found in a remote Orange County canyon in May 2013, two weeks after she was last seen.

    Murder Can’t Be Proved in Death of Maribel Ramos: Defense Attorney

    The defense attorney for a man accused of killing his roommate, whose body was found in a remote Orange County canyon two weeks after she disappeared, argued Wednesday that there was no evidence conclusively linking his client to her death. During closing arguments in the murder trial of Kwang Chol Joy, 55, attorney Adam Vining emphasized that there was no evidence about how 36-year-old Maribel Ramos died. Though evidence showed Joy had done an Internet search for the location where […]

  • Kwang Joy appears in court. (Credit: KTLA)

    Closing Arguments Begin for Roommate Accused of Murdering Army Vet

    Closing arguments began Tuesday for man accused of murdering Army veteran and Cal State Fullerton student Maribel Ramos. Ramos’ roommate at the time of her disappearance Kwang Joy was arrested and accused of murder when Ramos’ body was found off Santiago Canyon Road on May 16, 2013. Earlier in the month, when Ramos was first reported missing, Joy appeared on television and cast suspicion about a boyfriend Ramos had allegedly gotten into an argument with. Chip Yost reports from Santa […]

  • Adam Dandach appeared in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana on July 21, 2014. (Credit: Mona S. Edwards)

    O.C. Man Who Allegedly Wanted to Join Terrorist Group Pleads Not Guilty

    A 20-year-old Orange County man who allegedly wanted to help an Islamic terrorist group in Syria pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts related to passport fraud. Adam Dandach, also known as Fadi Fadi Dandach, was ordered held earlier this month as a flight risk and a danger to the community after his arrest at John Wayne Airport en route to Turkey, according to court documents. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana on Monday, pleading not guilty […]

  • A family photo of  memorial for Agustin Villegas, 32, who was shot to death on the 91 Freeway on Monday, July 14, 2014.

    Wife Pleads for Justice for Father of Four Gunned Down on 91 Freeway

    The wife of a father of four gunned down as he rode in his cousin’s truck on the 91 Freeway in Anaheim was pleading Friday for the public’s help in bringing his killer to justice. Agustin Villegas was riding in the passenger seat of a white Ford F-150 pick-up truck on Monday night with his cousin and their two teenage sons when he was hit. Villegas died at the scene. His 42-year cousin was also wounded but survived. The teenage […]

  • Fliers urging Orange residents to join the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan appeared at homes in Orange in the week of July 13, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    KKK Recruitment Fliers Distributed in Orange County Neighborhood

    A neighborhood in the city of Orange has been targeted by an apparent recruitment effort from a branch of the infamous white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan. Residents in the area of Almond Avenue and Flower Street, just south of Angel Stadium, this week discovered fliers for the Loyal White Knights of the KKK delivered to their homes. The fliers, encased in sealed plastic bags that were weighted down with small rocks, state “Save Our Land Join the Klan” and […]

  • Cartier Quemoyreelus Anderson, 20, Deepre Lamar Williams, 19, and Patreall Daijon Williams, 18, were arrested after a residential burglary on Monday, July 14, 2014, police said. (Credit: Garden Grove Police Department)

    Aerial Video Shows Garden Grove Burglary in Progress, Police Say; 3 Arrested

    Three men were arrested in connection with a home burglary in Garden Grove that was videotaped by a sheriff’s helicopter, authorities said Thursday. Cartier Quemoyreelus Anderson, 20, Deepre Lamar Williams, 19, and Patreall Daijon Williams, 18, are members of “a very prolific residential burglary crew that is most likely responsible for many more” similar crimes in Los Angeles and Orange counties, according to a news release from the Garden Grove police department. Officers responded at 8:30 p.m. Monday to a report […]

  • Scammers targeted Orange County toll road users after the system became cashless in mid-May. (Credit: KTLA)

    Scam Targets Orange County Toll Road Users

    Since Orange County toll roads switched to a cashless system in mid-May, scammers began targeting those unfamiliar with the changes Many have received emails from EZ Pass that were a “fishing scam.” Officials say the emails state that people have not paid a recent toll, and either trick them into disclosing personal information or load software onto their computer that steals the information. Violators would not receive an email about owing money, but rather get notified through the mail. Chip […]

  • Authorities investigate a double shooting on the 91 Freeway on Monday, July 14, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Anaheim Father Fatally Shot in Front of Son Inside Truck on 91 Freeway; Victim ID’d

    Police were asking for the public’s help on Tuesday in finding whoever was responsible for opening fire on a family of four inside a vehicle on the 91 Freeway in Anaheim the previous night, killing a father and leaving one other man wounded. The call came in of a possible shooting on the westbound 91 Freeway east of the 57 Freeway shortly after 8 p.m. on Monday, according to a news release from the Anaheim Police Department. When emergency personnel […]