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
  • A man crosses a street during a steady rainfall on Sept. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles, as a low-pressure system filled with moisture from a former tropical cyclone unleashed heavy rain. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

    First of 3 Storms Slated to Hit SoCal Wednesday Night; Up to 6 Inches of Rain, Snow Expected Through Monday

    A series of new storms are slated to drench Southern California Wednesday night through Monday, and provide further relief from the five-year drought that parts of California are beginning to emerge from. The first of three storms is forecast to arrive late Wednesday and bring up to an inch of rain to the coastal and valley areas through Thursday, the National Weather Service stated. That storm could bring up to 2 inches of rain in the foothills, according to forecasters. Snow […]

  • A Las Vegas homicide suspect was critically wounded during an officer-involved shooting with an FBI task force on Jan. 17, 2017 in Anaheim. (Credit: Anaheim Police Department)

    Las Vegas Homicide Suspect Shot by LAPD Officer at Nursery in Anaheim: Officials

    A suspect wanted for a Las Vegas homicide was shot by a Los Angeles police officer in Anaheim on Tuesday, officials confirmed. At about 9:56 a.m. the an FBI multiagency task force received a lead about a 24-year-old homicide suspect in the area of G.G. Nursery and Flower Shop, located at 2715 W. Broadway, the Anaheim Police Department reported. When officers confronted the suspect he was armed with a garden tool and was combative, police said. “They deployed a taser that […]

  • A man's body was found near a dumpster in Anaheim on Jan. 16, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man’s Body Found Behind Dumpster Near Commercial Businesses in Anaheim

    A young man was found dead behind a dumpster near commercial businesses in Anaheim on Monday morning, prompting an investigation, police said. The man’s body was discovered around 6:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of South Sinclair Street, which is located a short distance away from the Honda Center and Angel Stadium. The victim, believed to be Latino and in his 20s, showed signs of trauma on his body, and investigators believe the case is a homicide, according to Anaheim […]

  • Irvine Police Department released these photos of the rescued puppies on Jan. 13, 2017.

    O.C. Woman Arrested After Allegedly Setting Up Fake Rescue Org, Selling Sick Puppies Online

    A Seal Beach woman accused of setting up a fake rescue organization online and selling sick puppies has been arrested on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, police announced Friday. Megan Ann Hoechstetter allegedly sold one of the sick puppies to a family in Irvine, and it died a week later, according to a news release from the Irvine Police Department. Hoechstetter, 42, is suspected of operating what police described as a “fake” rescue organization called Pawlosophy. Authorities are still trying […]

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    SoCal Rain Storm Brings Waterfall to Dana Point

    The cold storm that brought heavy rain to Southern California on Thursday also caused a waterfall in Dana Point that left many residents smiling with delight. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Jan. 12, 2016.

  • Robert Mason Ross (L) and Michael James Ross (R) are shown in booking photos on Jan. 11, 2017. (Credit: Laguna Beach Police Department)

    2 Men Arrested After Threats Against Laguna Beach City Officials Posted to Craigslist

    Two men were arrested on Wednesday after a threatening message aimed at Laguna Beach City Council was posted to Craigslist. Michael James Ross, 33, is accused of threatening city council members in the post titled “Going to Laguna Beach city council with My Gillie suit.” In the posting a man is shown in five different photos hidden in the brush, wearing a camouflage suit and holding an automatic rifle. “I am warning the city council that I am going to […]

  • Michelle Hadley, left, and Angela Diaz are shown in photos released by the Orange County DA's office on Jan. 9, 2016.

    Woman Jailed for Months in ‘Rape Fantasy’ Ads Hoax Was Framed by Ex-Fiance’s Wife: Orange County DA

    An Ontario woman who was jailed after being accused of harassing, stalking, pretending to be the wife of her ex-fiance, and placing ads online soliciting “rape fantasies” was in fact framed by the woman she was accused of impersonating, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday. Michelle Hadley, 30, was behind bars for several months following her arrest in July, according to inmate records. She was charged with felony stalking, attempted forcible rape, violating a protective order and assault, facing […]

  • Santa Ana police released surveillance images of a person of interested wanted in connection to a fatal stabbing outside a Wal-Mart.

    ‘Person of Interest’ Sought in Fatal Stabbing Outside Santa Ana Wal-Mart: Police

    Police on Thursday released surveillance video of someone they described as a “person of interest” in a fatal stabbing outside a Wal-Mart in Santa Ana that happened last month. Dennis Quan Tran, a 41-year-old man from Westminster, was found by the loading dock of a Wal-Mart located at 3600 West McFadden Avenue on Dec. 18 suffering from multiple stab wounds, according to a Santa Ana Police Department news release. Tran was rushed to a local hospital for emergency surgery, but […]

  • Giselle Hamilton is shown in an undated photo provided to KTLA by her family.

    Man Accused of Attempting to Kidnap 7-Year-Old Girl From Paramount KFC, Fighting With Deputies

    A 35-year-old homeless man is accused of attempting to kidnap a 7-year-old girl from a Paramount KFC before getting into a physical altercation with an employee, customer and two sheriff’s deputies, officials said Wednesday. Lorenzo Ray Taylor, of Paramount, entered the fast food restaurant near Alondra Boulevard and Paramount Boulevard on Tuesday and began yelling at a grandmother, a mother and her young daughters, grabbing at the food on their table, officials said. “We started to eat and all of a sudden […]