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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 street was flooded in the Santa Clarita area on Feb. 17, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Deadly Storm Brings Heavy Rain to SoCal, Causes Damages and Flooding

    A powerful storm forecasters believe may be the strongest to hit the region in years moved into Southern California Friday, drenching the area with rain and prompting numerous weather watches and warnings in the area. Heavy precipitation was causing numerous problems in the area by the afternoon, downing trees and power lines, and flooding local roads in the Los Angeles area. By 3:40 p.m., LAPD had sent out at an advisory warning people to stay off the road if possible, […]

  • The heavy flows from the 3,000-foot main Oroville dam spillway continues to push debris into the turbid Feather River as the concrete span further eroded and the jagged fracture in its midsection sends water flowing over an adjacent hillside. (Credit: Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources)

    Oroville Dam: Residents Advised to Remain Vigilant as Storm Advances

    Rain is expected Thursday in the Northern California area around Lake Oroville, as crews work to reduce the water level there. Earlier this week, authorities ordered mandatory evacuations over concerns that an emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam could fail and threaten nearby communities. On Tuesday, officials downgraded the evacuation order to a warning, allowing 188,000 evacuees from Butte, Sutter and Yuba counties to return home. In a news conference Wednesday, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea emphasized that even though […]

  • This aerial view from a California Department of Water Resources drone shows water flowing over the auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam on Saturday, February 11, 2017, after the lake level exceeded 901 feet elevation above sea level. (Credit: Zack Cunningham / California Department of Water Resources)

    Oroville Dam: Residents Return Home But Cast Wary Eye on Impending Storm

    Residents returned home Tuesday after authorities lifted the mandatory evacuation order around Lake Oroville that affected about 188,000 people. Cars flowed back into the northern California cities and towns that had been deserted for the last two days. On Tuesday, officials downgraded the evacuation order to a warning, allowing residents of Butte, Sutter and Yuba counties to return. With the water level at the lake dropping, authorities became more confident that Lake Oroville could handle the storm headed for the […]

  • The heavy flows from the 3,000-foot main Oroville dam spillway continues to push debris into the turbid Feather River as the concrete span further eroded and the jagged fracture in its midsection sends water flowing over an adjacent hillside. (Credit: Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources)

    Evacuees Allowed to Return Home as Lake Oroville Water Levels Drops; Trump Declares Emergency

    With the water level at California’s Lake Oroville dropping, authorities lifted a mandatory evacuation order, allowing tens of thousands of residents to return to homes near the reservoir’s dam. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea on Tuesday cautioned residents and business owners to “maintain situational awareness” with a series of storms forecast for later in the week. “People who have special needs or require extended time to evacuate should consider remaining evacuated,” the sheriff said. Heavy rains last week caused the […]

  • A roadway was washed away by water from an emergency spillway draining California's second largest reservoir, Lake Oroville.
(Kelly M. Grow/California Department of Water Resources)

    ‘Pure Chaos’: 188,000 Residents Forced to Evacuate Amid Oroville Dam Spillway Emergency

    A day after 188,000 people were evacuated from the towns surrounding Northern California’s Oroville Dam, officials sounded a note of cautious optimism about containing the threat of flooding. Still, the mandatory evacuation order remained in place Monday for Butte, Sutter and Yuba counties. The evacuation was initially ordered Sunday after a massive hole was discovered in an emergency spillway — which catches excess water when Lake Oroville’s water level rises to overflow the dam — threatening communities downstream. Some people […]

  • Protesters gather at the Los Angeles International airport's Tom Bradley terminal to demonstrate against President Trump's executive order effectively banning citizens from seven Muslim majority countries. (Credit: KONRAD FIEDLER/AFP/Getty Images)

    Local Experts Weigh in on Trump’s Travel Ban

    Local experts weighed in on the latest on President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Feb. 10, 2017.

  • Anaheim police tweeted this photo of people being detained on Feb. 9, 2017.

    Anaheim Officers Search for Armed Man After Stolen Vehicle Rams Undercover Police Car; 5 People Detained

    An armed man who assaulted an officer and fled from a stolen car was the subject of an unsuccessful search in an Anaheim riverbed Thursday afternoon, police said. The driver of a vehicle that had been identified as stolen out of Fresno struck an undercover officer’s car and then tried to hit a black-and-white patrol vehicle, Anaheim Police Department officials said on scene. No officers were injured. The driver ran from the vehicle into the Santa Ana riverbed east of Imperial Highway, near […]

  • A homeless encampment in the Santa Ana River is shown on Feb. 8, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Crews Cleaning Up OC Homeless Encampment Along Santa Ana River

    Crews on Thursday were working to clean up an Orange County homeless encampment off the 57 Freeway not far from Angel Stadium. Chip Yost reports from Orange for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Feb. 9, 2017.

  • UC Irvine Police released a composite image on Feb. 8, 2017, of the suspect in a string of wallet thefts at the campus library.

    UC Irvine Police Hunt Suspect Accused of Stealing Wallets, Purses From Campus Library

    Police at UC Irvine on Wednesday said they are searching for a man they believe is tied to a string of purse and wallet thefts in the campus’ main library. Authorities are looking for information that could lead them to a man in his 20s seen on security footage stealing unattended personal items in Langson Library, according to a statement from the UC Irvine Police Department. The person subsequently used stolen credit cards to make a number of purchases at […]