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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
  • O.C. Chef Who Lost Famed ‘White House’ Restaurant in Fire Holds Pasta Lunch for Children in San Juan Capistrano

    An Orange County chef who lost the famed Anaheim “White House” restaurant in Anaheim hosted a pasta lunch for the Boys and Girls Club in San Juan Capistrano Friday.

  • Potentially Lethal Superbug Infected 10 Infants at UC Irvine Hospital, Officials Confirm Months After Outbreak Began

    Over the course of eight months, a lethal bacteria infected 10 already critically ill infants in UC Irvine Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit – an outbreak that the public is only finding out about now. None of the infants have died, hospital officials said. Yet UCI doctors have not found the source of the infections – which continued even after 220 employees used antiseptic soap and ointment to eliminate bacteria on their skin and in their noses. Orange County […]

  • Phoned Threat That Prompted Northwood High Lockdown Apparently a Hoax: Irvine Police

    Northwood High School in Irvine was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon due to an anonymous phoned threat that appears to have been a hoax, police said. Posts on social media in the 2 p.m. hour indicated the school — at 4515 Portola Parkway — was locked down and armed officers were responding. An Irvine Unified School District official confirmed the lockdownt to KTLA, saying an anonymous threat prompted the decision. A male caller phoned the Irvine Police Department’s business line shortly after 1:40 […]

  • Family of 8-Year-Old Killed in Classroom Shooting Wants to Raise Awareness About Williams Syndrome

    The 8-year-old boy who was shot dead inside his special needs classroom was a happy child who had a genetic disorder his family wants the world to know about. Jonathan Martinez was near his teacher, 53-year-old Karen Smith, when her husband Cedric Anderson walked into her North Park Elementary School classroom and opened fire Monday morning. Jonathan died after being airlifted from the San Bernardino campus to Loma Linda University Medical Center. On Tuesday, the school district’s superintendent said his […]

  • 8-Year-Old Boy Dies After Shooting in Special Needs Classroom at Elementary School in San Bernardino: Police

    One of the two boys who were wounded Monday morning during an apparent murder-suicide inside a special needs classroom at an elementary school in San Bernardino has died, officials confirmed. Eight-year-old Jonathan Martinez was one of 15 students inside the classroom at North Park Elementary School when he was critically wounded after his teacher’s estranged husband allegedly opened fire on her, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said at an afternoon press conference. Martinez was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical […]

  • 2 Children Critically Wounded in San Bernardino School Shooting Receiving Treatment at Area Hospitals

    Two students were critically wounded Monday when a gunman fatally shot a teacher at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on April 10, 2017. Update: 8-Year-Old Boy Dead After Shooting in Special Needs Classroom at San Bernardino Elementary School: Police

  • Thieves Make Off With Nearly $1 Million in Car Parts From Santa Ana Business

    Brazen thieves made of with nearly $1 million worth of vehicle and high-end car parts from a Santa Ana business that was preparing for this weekend’s Long Beach Grand Prix. Chip Yost reports from Long Beach for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on April 7, 2017.

  • Man Trying to Buy Candy at Santa Ana 7-Eleven Goes on Violent Rampage in Store After Credit Card Is Declined: Police

    Santa Ana police Wednesday released surveillance video showing a man who assaulted a 7-Eleven employee after his credit card was declined as they sought the public’s help in locating him, authorities said. The incident occurred inside the 7-Eleven located at 902 W. First St. on Feb. 11, according to a Santa Ana Police Department news release. The man was trying to purchase a pack of M&M candy when his credit card was declined, causing him to get angry, police told […]

  • Dog Bitten By Rattlesnake at Park in Laguna Beach

    A dog is recovering after being attacked and bitten by a rattlesnake while out on a walk at a park in Laguna Beach. Chip Yost reports from Laguna Beach for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on April 4, 2017.