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
  • Anaheim police respond to a confrontation with taggers that left a man stabbed on July 26, 2015. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    1 Killed, 1 Stabbed in Separate Violent Confrontations With Taggers in Anaheim Area

    Two violent confrontations with taggers occurring a week apart in the Anaheim area have left three men hospitalized, and one of them dead, authorities said Monday. In the first incident, one of two men shot on July 19 died after confronting a group of men about 10 p.m. near Poona Drive and Lullaby Lane, in an unincorporated area west of Anaheim, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. David Douglas, 51, died at UC Irvine Medical Center about six hours after the confrontation. […]

  • A damaged jet ski is seen after two people crashed into a dock in Dana Point Harbor on July 23, 2014. (Credit: Andy Rhodes)

    Father, Son Injured After Personal Watercraft Crashes Into Dock at Dana Point Harbor

    A father and son were injured when a personal watercraft crashed into the Catalina Express dock at Dana Point Harbor Thursday. Chip Yost reports from Dana Point for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on July 24, 2015. Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the brand of the watercraft used in this incident. The incorrect, trademarked name has been removed from the post. More Video:

  • Attorney Robert Rentzer provided KTLA with this photo, which he said showed Jeffrey Lash in a driver's license issued in 1996.

    ‘He Could Have Been Working for Anyone,’ Attorney Says of Mystery Man With Palisades Weapons Cache

    The mystery around a Los Angeles man whose decomposing body was found in an SUV near a home filled with 1,200 guns, tons of ammunition and $230,000 in cash was only deepening Thursday. Identified by an attorney for his fiancée as Jeffrey Alan Lash, 60, the man apparently acted secretively for years, never explaining to those around him exactly what he did for a living. When he died in early July after collapsing in a Santa Monica grocery store parking […]

  • After a dead body was found outside a home on Palisades Drive, more than 1,200 firearms and 2 tons of ammunition were discovered inside, police said. (Credit: Scott Wadenseller/Palisades News)

    Dead Man With Weapons Stash Linked to Missing Oxnard Woman Who Believed He Was Alien Savior

    A man who lived in a home filled with guns and whose decomposed body was found in an SUV in Pacific Palisades was believed to be a human/alien hybrid secretly working with the U.S. government by his fiancée and a missing Oxnard woman who worked for her, according to the fiancée’s  mother. Dawn VadBunker of Oxnard was last seen by her family on the same day 60-year-old Jeffery Lash died. Lash has not been officially identified as the man whose body […]

  • 92-Year-Old Veteran Facing Rent Hike That Could Force Him From His Home

    A number of Orange County seniors were expressing their outrage Tuesday over a plan that would dramatically raise their rent, more than double in some cases. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

  • A worker walks near a collapsed 10 Freeway bridge in desert center on July 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    10 Freeway Closed in Desert Center After Bridge Collapses in Storm

    A nearly 50-mile stretch of the 10 Freeway remained shut down Monday due to a bridge collapse that occurred during a flash flood in the Mojave Desert the previous day, according to Caltrans. Around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the eastbound interstate collapsed and the westbound lanes were “severely undermined” at the Adair Overcrossing of Tex Wash (map) near Eagle Mountain Road in the Desert Center area. The site of the roadway failures is about 44 miles east of State Route 86 in Coachella and 42 miles […]

  • Opening day for the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa on July 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    O.C. Fair Kicks Off 125th Anniversary Celebration in Costa Mesa

    The Orange County Fair kicked off its 125th anniversary celebration in Costa Mesa Friday. Chip Yost reports from Costa Mesa for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on July 17, 2015.

  • Two people were seriously injured in a fire at an apartment building in Long Beach on Thursday, July 16, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Suffer Life-Threatening Injuries in Fire at Long Beach Apartment Building, Rescued by Police

    Two people were seriously injured injured early Thursday morning when a fire broke out at an apartment building in downtown Long Beach, where ongoing power outages have left more than 3,000 people without electricity, officials said. An increased number of Long Beach police were patrolling the area overnight due to the outages, which were caused by multiple underground electrical vault fires about 3 p.m. Wednesday. Shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday, a bystander alerted an officer to a blaze at a 20-unit apartment building in the 400 block of […]

  • A surfer is seen showering off at a California state beach. (Credit: KTLA)

    California State Beaches Shut Off Outdoor Showers Amid Ongoing Drought

    Outdoor showers at 38 California state beaches were scheduled to be shut off Wednesday as officials continued to look for more ways to save water amid the ongoing drought. Chip Yost reports from Huntington Beach for the KTLA News at 6 on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. More Video: