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 family gathered in Huntington Beach for Thanksgiving on Nov. 27, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Family Celebrates Thanksgiving in the Sand in Huntington Beach

    While many Americans likely gathered inside to celebrate Thanksgiving, one family spent the day eating in the sand and playing in the water in Huntington Beach.

  • A single-car collision left one teen dead and another injured in Costa Mesa on Nov. 26, 2014. (Credit:

    16-Year-Old Driver Killed in Single-Car Costa Mesa Crash; Passenger Hospitalized

    A 16-year-old driver was killed and his 17-year-old passenger hospitalized early Wednesday in a fiery single-car crash in Costa Mesa that a witness said came after the vehicle was speeding. Police and firefighters were called to the crash across from Estancia High School about 12:30 a.m. They arrived to find a seriously damaged silver BMW sedan on fire with two people inside. The driver, Jacob Pacheco of Costa Mesa, was dead, authorities said. His unidentified passenger was taken to Western Medical […]

  • Two men and a juvenile accused of vandalism were arrested after calling police on themselves. (Credit: KTLA)

    Alleged Huntington Beach Vandals Arrested After Calling Police on Themselves

    Three alleged Huntington Beach vandals were arrested after they apparently called police on themselves Monday night. Just before 11 p.m., 13-year-old Chandler King looked through a window at his house on Crailet Drive (map) and noticed someone dumping paint on his older brother’s truck. Chandler yelled for his dad and sister, and they were soon in a car chasing the vandals, who had sped out of the neighborhood in their own vehicle. “They were trying to lose us, but we kept on […]

  • A temporary fence (background) was put up between the campus of Early College High School and the home of a registered sex offender in Costa Mesa. (Credit: KTLA)

    Temporary Fence Set Up Between Costa Mesa School and Sex Offender’s Home

    School officials in Orange County have installed a temporary fence between a Costa Mesa high school and the home of a registered sex offender who lives next to the campus. But whether the fence was erected to shield students from the man or to prevent soccer balls from flying into his backyard is up for debate. The fence went up after Robert Allan Harrington complained to security guards at Early College High School last month that soccer balls had been […]

  • Protesters rally in opposition to the UC Board of Regents meeting on proposed tuition hikes in San Francisco on Nov. 19, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

    UC Regents Approve Tuition Hike Despite Opposition, Protests

    Over the din of students chanting protest slogans, the University of California regents on Thursday voted 14-7 to approve tuition increases of as much as 5% for each of the next five years. As about 25 students in the meeting room yelled “Hey, hey, ho, ho, tuition hikes have got to go,” the actual voice vote of the regents could not be heard by the public. The vote for the increases sets up months of negotiations and political posturing before […]

  • Protesters march at UC Irvine over proposed tuition hikes on Nov. 18, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    UC Tuition Hike: Despite Opposition, Regents Poised to Raise Rates After Key Vote

    A key UC regents committee on Wednesday moved to raise tuition by as much as much as 5% in each of the next five years despite opposition from the governor, legislative leaders and students. The regents’ committee on long range planning approved the hike in a 7-2 vote after an unusual debate that pitted the state’s most powerful political leaders against administrators of the 10-campus UC system. The full board of regents is scheduled to vote Thursday on the proposed […]

  • Protesters march at UC Irvine over proposed tuition hikes on Nov. 18, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Protest Held at UC Irvine Against Proposed Tuition Hikes

    Protesters marched and carried signs at UC Irvine Tuesday in opposition to proposed tuition hikes. Chip Yost reports from Irvine for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Nov. 18, 2014. More Videos:

  • Laguna Beach's AIDS memorial garden in need of attention after being neglected. (Credit: KTLA)

    Neglected AIDS Memorial Garden in Laguna Beach Subject of Renewal Effort

    Laguna Beach’s AIDS memorial garden — once well-tended on a bluff decades ago when the beach city’s gay community was first touched by the disease — is in neglect. Ice plant has grown over much of the Garden of Peace and Love off Mountain Road, and the white roses and bougainvillea that once grew in the area have disappeared. Now administrators and members of the city’s HIV Advisory Committee are asking what can be done to breathe new life into […]

  • Burglars smashed the window of a Cerritos home. (Credit: KTLA)

    Cerritos Home Ransacked by Burglars Targeting Cash, Jewelry

    A Cerritos home was ransacked by burglars searching for cash and jewelry over the weekend. Chip Yost reports from Cerritos for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Nov. 17, 2014.