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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
  • Anaheim motel Baymont Inn & Suites, a sign for which has been covered, is seen on May 22, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Homeless People Determined to Have No ‘Serious Mental Illness’ to Be Evicted From Anaheim Motel

    Homeless individuals deemed to have no serious mental illness will be asked to leave an Anaheim motel being rented by Orange County, officials said on Tuesday. Authorities moved to clear a homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River in 2017. In February, they relocated more than 700 people staying there into motels, according to the Los Angeles Times. The county has been renting the Baymont Inn & Suites on Beach Boulevard in Anaheim as part of that move. People with […]

  • Ildiko Krajnyak and Stephen Beal are shown in a photo from his Facebook page on June 11, 2017.

    Ex-Boyfriend of Woman Killed in Explosion at Her Aliso Viejo Spa to Remain in Custody

    Saying that he posed a possible flight risk and danger to the community, a federal judge on Monday ruled that the former boyfriend of a woman who was killed in an explosion at her Aliso Viejo spa should remain in custody without the possibility of bail. Stephen Beal of Long Beach has not been charged in connection with the explosion last week that killed Ildiko Krajnyak. Instead, he faces one count of possessing an unregistered destructive device. During a brief […]

  • Ildiko Krajnyak and Steve Beal are shown in a photo posted on Beal's Facebook on March 23, 2018.

    Ex-Boyfriend of Aliso Viejo Explosion Victim Arrested After Destructive Device Found in Home

    The ex-boyfriend and business partner of a woman who died in the Aliso Viejo explosion this week has been arrested after a destructive device was found in his Long Beach home, but he has not been charged in connection with the explosion, the FBI said Thursday. Stephen Beal, 59, was charged with being in possession of an unregistered destructive device, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana on Thursday, but his […]

  • Explosion at Aliso Viejo Day Spa Believed Intentional; Victim ID’d as 48-Year-Old O.C. Woman

    A deadly explosion at a medical office building in Aliso Viejo is believed to have been an intentional act and is being investigated as a crime, authorities said Wednesday. One woman was killed and three others were injured in the blast, which occurred about 1:10 p.m. in the first floor of the two-story building at 11 Mareblu, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. The victim has been identified as 48-year-old Ildiko Krajnyak of Trabuco Canyon, and she is believed […]

  • A man can be seen in a May 11, 2018 surveillance video released by the Fullerton Police Department.

    Female Employee Tied up by Armed Robber During Theft From Check-Cashing Business: Police

    A man with a handgun tied up a female employee inside a check-cashing business in Fullerton in a robbery that was captured on surveillance video, authorities said. Within four minutes of receiving a 911 call about the crime, officers arrived at the business but the man had escaped in an Oldsmobile, the Fullerton Police Department said in a release. “Thankfully there were no injuries during the course of this robbery,” police Sgt. Jon Radus told KTLA. Surveillance video was recently released […]

  • Officers responded to a call of a possibly armed man at Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana on May 15, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    O.C. Global Medical Center Lockdown Lifted After Call Regarding Man With Gun Prompts Police Response

    Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana was placed on lockdown for more than two hours as officials investigated a call regarding a man armed with a gun in the hospital, police said. The lockdown was subsequently lifted just after 11 a.m. after the hospital was rendered safe following an intense search, according to Santa Ana Police Department Chief David Valentin. Officers initially responded to the building, located in the 1000 block of North Tustin Avenue, about 8:15 a.m. […]

  • Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar, in an undated photo, was invited to the White House to speak with President Donald Trump. (Credit: KTLA)

    President Trump Invites Los Alamitos Mayor, Others to Discuss California’s Sanctuary Laws

    President Donald Trump has invited Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar and others to discuss California’s sanctuary laws. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on May 11, 2018.

  • Pursuit Suspect Still at Large After Running Inside Santa Ana Albertsons, Triggering Evacuation There

    An apparent burglary suspect who ran inside an Albertsons in Santa Ana following a high-speed pursuit is still on the loose after the store was evacuated Thursday, officials said. A burglary of an Audi occurred early Thursday in Mission Viejo before the Orange Police Department located the suspect from a LoJack stolen vehicle recovery signal, said Carrie Braun, spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The pursuit began around 2 p.m., Braun said. When the pursuit ended at an Albertsons in […]

  • Authorities respond to a construction site in Lake Forest where a worker was believed trapped in a collapsed trench on May 9, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Dead After Trench Collapses at Construction Site in Lake Forest

    A construction worker is believed by Orange County fire officials to be dead after he was buried by dirt when a trench collapsed at a construction site in Lake Forest Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Firefighters have been working to recover the man’s body at the site near Glenn Ranch Road and Viejo Ridge Drive. The incident happened at around 3 p.m. At about 5 p.m., fire officials said they would be removing dirt from the trench “for several hours” as part […]