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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
  • Protesters participate in the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2018. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Parkland Shooting Survivors Lead Thousands in March for Our Lives Rallies Across U.S.

    Survivors of the deadly shooting rampage at a Parkland, Florida, high school led hundreds of thousands Saturday in March for Our Lives events across the country, delivering a resounding message that Washington’s inaction on the scourge of gun violence is no longer acceptable. Building on the momentum of last week’s National School Walkout, these members of a generation raised with gun violence have mobilized Americans with impassioned pleas for stricter gun control laws while honoring the 17 students and faculty members killed February 14 at […]

  • Young activists paint signs to be carried at the upcoming March for Our Lives Los Angeles on March 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Parkland Students Arrive in Washington Ahead of March for Our Lives

    Students who survived last month’s deadly school shooting in South Florida are in the nation’s capital Friday, ready for face-to-face meetings with lawmakers a day ahead of a massive teen-led march for gun control. The February 14 massacre claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, spurring the survivors at the school into activism. They quickly became the faces of a national conversation on gun control, and now they are lobbying lawmakers for more restrictive gun laws. Small groups […]

  • A road closure is seen in Montecito as a powerful spring storm arrived on March 21, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Atmospheric River’ Triggers Mandatory Evacuations for Parts of Santa Barbara, Ventura, L.A., Riverside Counties

    It’s called an “atmospheric river” — basically a river in the sky — that could unleash catastrophic amounts of rain. And the major storm is barreling right toward the fire-scarred regions of Southern California, with a potential to trigger flash flooding, mudslides and significant debris flow. The heaviest rainfall is expected Wednesday evening through Thursday, and officials have already ordered mandatory evacuations in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. In Riverside County, Corona city officials issued mandatory evacuation orders for areas burned by […]

  • Rain falls in Montecito on March 21, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Rain Hits SoCal as Residents Brace for Potential Flooding, Mudslides

    Rain continued to soak Santa Barbara and Ventura counties Wednesday afternoon as residents of fire- and mudslide-battered communities endured the first day of Southern California’s largest storm of the season. The storm — a vast atmospheric river of tropical moisture known as a “pineapple express” — made landfall Tuesday night and is predicted to last through Thursday. “It’s going to be steady, light rain with periods of heavy rain,” said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Heavier […]

  • Residents and volunteers fill sandbags at Manning Park in Montecito as people prepare for a storm. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

    Battered by Recent Fires and Floods, Montecito Braces for More Potential Destruction

    It started four months ago, when the largest fire on record in California history besieged this upscale coastal enclave. Soon after, heavy rains sent tons of mud, boulders and debris crashing into Montecito neighborhoods — killing 21 people in what was the state’s deadliest flooding in decades. Now, forecasters are predicting more trouble for the beleaguered town. The most powerful rainstorm of the year is expected to deliver a direct hit to areas burned in the Thomas fire, bringing with […]

  • A bicyclist rides past piles of trash from the Santa Ana River homeless camp after it was cleared and more than 700 people relocated in Anaheim in February. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

    Irvine Holds Emergency City Council Meeting After County Announces Homeless Relocation Plan

    An emergency city council meeting convened in Irvine Tuesday night after Orange County officials announced a plan to move the homeless people it had removed from the Santa Ana River trail to Great Park. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on March 20, 2018.

  • A mobile home in Cypress is seen exploding in a still from dashcam video released by the Cypress Police Department on March 15, 2018.

    Explosion at Mobile Home Park in Cypress Caught on Video; 82-Year-Old Man Rescued

    A police dashcam captured video of a mobile home that caught fire after an explosion on Thursday, prompting the rescue of an 82-year-old man. Chip Yost and Steve Kuzj report for KTLA 5 News on March 16, 2018.

  • O.C. Mom Fighting Against ALS Will Participate in L.A. Marathon

    A Trabuco Canyon woman who has been working with UC Irvine doctors studying experimental treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, plans to “roll” in the Los Angeles Marathon this Sunday with her husband and children by her side. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on March 14, 2018.

  • Two dead bodies were found inside a home in Orange, where detectives are seen investigating the scene later that same day on March 14, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Dead Bodies Discovered at Home in Orange; No Outstanding Suspects: Police

    The dead bodies of a woman and man were discovered inside a home in Orange Wednesday, but there are believed to be no outstanding suspects, according to local police. Officers were called to a home in the 2600 block of East Denise Avenue, police said in a tweet. There are no outstanding suspects, police said. Inside the house, the dead bodies of a woman and man believed to be in their 50s were found, police said. However, police have not […]