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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
  • The mosquito Aedes Aegypti as seen through a microscope. The main culprit in the spread of Zika as well as other viruses. (Credit: Miguel Castro/CNN)

    UC Irvine Scientist Working to Prevent Mosquitoes From Spreading Zika Virus

    Professor Anthony James of UC Irvine is working to eradicate mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus. Chip Yost reports from Irvine for the KTLA 5 News at 3 p.m. on Feb. 8, 2016.

  • Firefighters responded to a report of a plane down in the water off San Pedro on Feb. 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Stunt Plane, Second Aircraft Collide Midair Before Crashing Off L.A. Harbor; Search Underway

    Two aircraft, one of them an aerobatic stunt plane, crashed into the water after an midair collision off San Pedro, prompting a multi-agency search for survivors on Friday afternoon, the Coast Guard confirmed. “Two separate tail identification numbers from two separate aircraft have been recovered and confirmed by the Federal Aviation Association,” a release from the Coast Guard stated. One of the planes was a Beechcraft 35 Bonanza and the other was a Citabria, according to FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer. The Citabria was […]

  • Cab driver Long Hoang Ma was kidnapped and made to drive the three escaped fugitives from Orange County over the course of several days, he says. (Credit: Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times)

    Cab Driver Held Captive by O.C. Jail Escapees: ‘Dead or Alive — It’s Up to God’

    The cab driver picked up the three men outside a restaurant in Garden Grove about 9:30 p.m., around the time that panicked Orange County Sheriff’s officials realized they had a jailbreak on their hands. The driver, Long Hoang Ma, 71, had received a phone call on Jan. 22 summoning him to the location. This was not unusual; he advertised in the Vietnamese-language papers. He picked up three passengers. Authorities — who identified the men as Hossein Nayeri, 37, Bac Duong, […]

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    Government Cuts Federal Funding to Marinello Schools of Beauty Chain

    The government cut off federal loans and grants to dozens of trade schools on Monday including the Marinello Schools of Beauty chain. The cuts were made after the Department of Education accused of the schools of falsifying records. Chip Yost reports from Anaheim for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.  

  • Firefighters are seen looking for a child believed to have been in a dump truck in Santa Ana on Feb. 2, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Father Apparently High on Narcotics Mistakenly Thinks Child Is Lost in Santa Ana Dump Truck

    A father who was high on narcotics mistakenly believed his 3-year-old son was lost inside a dump truck in Santa Ana Tuesday, prompting a search and his own arrest, police said. The man stopped a truck driver in the 1100 block of West First Street, and said his toddler may be inside, police said Tuesday afternoon. Police and Firefighters were called to the scene, at which point the father fled and ran five to six blocks before he was caught, […]

  • From left to right; Jonathan Tieu, Hossein Nayeri and Bac Duong; are seen in separate court appearances on Feb. 1, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    O.C. Jail Escapees Make 1st Appearance in Court Since Capture

    Three men accused of escaping from an Orange County jail, and evading law enforcement for more than a week, made their first appearance in court on Monday. Bac Duong, 43; Hossein Nayeri, 37, of Newport Beach; and Jonathan Tieu, 20, of Fountain Valley; all face a felony count of escape from pending felony charges, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The three men appeared in different court rooms Monday morning, and their arraignments were each postponed to March […]

  • Photos of the Santa Ana jail escapees were shown at a Jan. 28, 2016, news conference. (Credit: KTLA)

    3 Escaped Inmates Kidnapped Taxi Driver, Whose Fate Prompted Fight Between 2

    Three Orange County inmates who escaped from jail in Santa Ana kidnapped a taxi driver at gunpoint, forcing him to stay with them for a week and eventually travel with them to San Jose, authorities said Monday. Two of the inmates — 43-year-old Bac Duong and Hossein Nayeri, 37 — got into a physical fight over whether the taxi driver should be killed and his body buried, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Jeff Hallock said at a news conference. While Nayeri […]

  • A poster displayed at a Jan. 29, 2016, news conference reflected the search for 2 missing inmates. (Credit: KTLA)

    After Escapee Surrenders, Investigators Think 2 Missing Inmates Could Be in San Jose or Fresno

    One of the three inmates who had escaped from the Orange County Men’s Central Jail was taken into custody after turning himself in on Friday, and the search for the two other missing men turned to Northern and possibly Central California. Bac Duong, 43, was back in custody one week after he and two other inmates, 37-year-old Hossein Nayeri and 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu, broke out of the facility, Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna first confirmed to KTLA. Orange County […]

  • Nooshafarian Ravaghi is shown in a photo distributed by OCSD on Jan. 28, 2016.

    ESL Teacher Who Works at Jail Arrested on Suspicion of Helping Inmates Escape: OCSD

    A female English as a second language teacher who works at the Men’s Central Jail in Santa Ana is among more than 10 people arrested in connection with the escape of three Orange County inmates, authorities announced Thursday. Nooshafarin Ravaghi, 44, of Lake Forest, was arrested Thursday afternoon and was believed to have provided “critical planning tools,” Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Jeff Hallock said at a news conference. Ravaghi is a contract ESL teacher for the Rancho Santiago Community College […]