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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 item shown fell from the sky on in Huntington Beach Sept. 18, 2014, according to a bicyclist. FAA officials planned to investigate if it came from a JetBlue airplane that made an emergency  landing the previous day. (Credit: KTLA)

    FAA to Investigate If Piece of JetBlue Airplane Flew Off During Emergency Landing in Long Beach

    A bicyclist said Friday that authorities planned to investigate if a metal object that fell from the sky and landed about three feet away from her could have been from a JetBlue airplane that made an emergency landing in Long Beach the previous day. Cindy Gilbert was riding her bicycle near Pacific Coast Highway and Magnolia Street in Huntington Beach (map) Thursday when she said a square-metal object came out of the sky. “I kind of saw something come out […]

  • Respiratory illnesses caused by an enterovirus are sending children to hospitals as the disease spreads across the country, health officials say. (Credit: CDC)

    Enterovirus Cases Confirmed in Southern California Are State’s First Diagnoses

    California’s first cases of a virus that has been spreading across the country were confirmed Thursday by the state’s chief health official. Four cases of enterovirus D68 have been confirmed, all in Southern California. One was in Ventura County; three others were in San Diego County. The patients ages ranged from 2 to 13 years old. More instances of the disease were expected as results from lab tests come back, the California Department of Public Health said in announcing the […]

  • Sandra Rojas (L) and Marie Rojas (R) allegedly posed as house keepers in order to steal from homes in Orange County. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

    Women Who Allegedly Posed As Housekeepers to Steal From O.C. Homes Arrested

    Detectives on Thursday were trying to locate more possible victims of two women who allegedly posed as housekeepers in order to steal cash, jewelry and other items from several homes in Orange County. During the past year, investigators believe Sandra Elizabeth Rojas, 36, and Marie Alejandra Rojas, 38, acted as a cleaning crew in order to commit burglaries without having to force their way into homes, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release. They allegedly would follow legitimate […]

  • High surf hit Orange County beaches on Sept. 17, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Strong Rip Currents, Above-Average Surf Creating Dangerous Conditions at Some SoCal Beaches

    People trying to escape the Southern California heat wave at the beach were facing their own dangers, as strong rip currents and above-average surf were creating hazardous swimming conditions on Wednesday. Chip Yost reports from Newport Beach for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Sept. 17, 2014.

  • A boater is put on a stretcher in Newport Beach after being rescued several miles off shore. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman in ‘Professional Rowboat’ Rescued Several Miles Off Newport Beach

    An experienced boater who became fatigued several miles off the coast of Newport Beach had to be rescued Wednesday morning. The boater left from Avalon harbor Tuesday morning in a “professional rowboat” and became fatigued later in the evening, according to Lt. Kristyn Grier of the U.S. Coast Guard. By Wednesday morning, the boater could no longer continue and made a distress call from about 17 miles away from Newport Beach, according to Grier. “She was very fatigued, she was […]

  • Power lines are seen in this file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    Thousands Still Without Power as Heat Wave Grips SoCal; LADWP’s Energy Use Record Broken

    Thousands of Southern Californians remained without power on Tuesday amid a scorching heat wave that has resulted excessive heat warnings and heat advisories for parts of the region. About 3,900 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers were without power as of 1 p.m., with the majority of the outages located in the Vermont Vista area, according to a spokesperson. Crews have been working to restore power since the first outages were reported on Tuesday when customers set a new all-time high […]

  • At least four school districts in Orange County were either completely or mostly without air conditioning, officials said Sept. 16, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Multiple O.C. School Classrooms Without Air Conditioning Amid Punishing Heat Wave

    At least four Orange County school districts were either completely or mostly without air conditioning, forcing students to sit in nearly triple-digit temperatures during a punishing heat wave Tuesday, officials said. Temperatures neared 100 degrees Tuesday, the final day of a three-day excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service. Fountain Valley, which one resident said typically hovers around 77 degrees, was expected to reach 93 degrees. “I think at 3 or 4 it may have touched on 99 (degrees) or […]

  • Thousands were without power amid a Southern California heat wave on Sept. 15, 2014.  (Credit: KTLA)

    Power Outages Reported Amid All-Time High For Electricity Demand During SoCal Heat Wave

    Thousands of Southern California residents were without power Monday night as dangerously hot weather prompted an all-time high for electricity demand. More than 6,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers were without power in the service area Monday night, according to spokeswoman Mary Anne Pierson. Roughly 2,000 customers in the Valley Glen area were impacted, she added. Southern California Edison had also reported some outages in a number of its service area, including Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, Inglewood […]

  • Hurricane Odile struck Mexico's Baja California Coast on Sept. 14, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

    Odile Weakens to Tropical Storm, May Impact Weather in Southern California

    Hurricane Odile was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved through Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on Monday. Odile struck Mexico’s Pacific Coast Sunday as a hurricane with winds of 115 mph and gusts reaching 125 mph. The storm weakened to a Category 1 hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm, but forecasters had warned the storm could still do plenty of damage to the region. “Large and destructive waves” and heavy rainfall that could cause life-threatening flash floods […]