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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
  • Protesters greeted Donald Trump at a campaign stop in San Diego on May 27, 2016. (Credit: KSWB)

    At Least 35 People Arrested During Protest Outside Donald Trump Campaign Rally in San Diego

    Police clad in riot gear and wielding batons began dispersing a crowd of Donald Trump supporters and protesters here Friday night after the presumptive GOP nominee held a rally. After issuing orders to the crowd of roughly 1,000 to disperse, police began forcefully and aggressively pushing protesters, checking them with their batons. At least 35 people were arrested, police said. Even as there was no room to move, police officers continued to push protesters and reporters, with some toppling over […]

  • A young man was stabbed near Finley Elementary School in Westminster on May 26, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Young Man Stabbed Near Elementary School in Westminster

    A young man was stabbed near an elementary school in Westminster Thursday afternoon, officials said. The incident was reported between 1 and 2 p.m. near Finley Elementary School, according to Sgt. Cord Vandergrift of the Westminster Police Department. The victim, described by police as a juvenile, was walking to the school to pick up a relative, when he was confronted by four people and was stabbed, officials said.  The victim then ran to the school office and asked staff to call […]

  • The Rams' planned stadium in Inglewood is shown in a rendering posted on the team's website in May 2016.

    Super Bowl LV to Be Held at Inglewood Stadium in 2021: NFL

    Los Angeles will host Super Bowl LV in 2021, the National Football League announced Tuesday. The newly relocated and returned Los Angeles Rams are building a stadium in Inglewood that will be the site of the February 2021 event. The stadium is expected to open in 2019. The Super Bowl will be in Atlanta in 2019, and in South Florida in 2020, the NFL also announced. Team owners were meeting in North Carolina and future Super Bowl sites were among […]

  • A fire boat responds to a fire on the Seal Beach Pier on May 20, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Fire Tears Through Old Ruby’s Diner Building on Seal Beach Pier

    The old Ruby’s Diner building at the end of the Seal Beach Pier was gutted by a spectacular fire that sent smoke towering over the coastline Friday morning. The fire was first reported about 7:45 a.m., Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz said. The building that burned was once home to a Ruby’s Diner, which closed in 2013. Smoke was still coming out of the gutted structure more than 7 hours after the fire broke out, and firefighter expected it would be smoking […]

  • These photos were submitted with Claudia Reyes' August 2014 request for a restraining order against her husband.

    Missing Santa Ana Woman Had Filed Restraining Order Against Husband, Alleging Abuse

    A 21-year-old Santa Ana mother who has not been seen in nearly two weeks had in past filed a restraining order against her husband in an effort to protect herself and her young son, court documents revealed. Claudia Lisseth Sanchez Reyes, who was last seen May 6, is the subject of a request for the public’s help finding her from the Santa Ana Police Department. Since vanishing, she has not contacted any friends, family or coworkers, which police said was […]

  • A still from surveillance video released by OCSD shows a pharmacy robbery that occurred in Mission Viejo on May 18, 2016.

    Armed Robbery of Mission Viejo Pharmacy Caught on Surveillance Video; 3 Sought

    Surveillance video showing three men committing an armed robbery of a Mission Viejo pharmacy was released by authorities on Thursday. The crime occurred 8:50 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Employees from Cal-Med Pharmacy, at 24031 Marguerite Parkway, reported the robbery at 9:08 p.m., a sheriff’s lieutenant told the Orange County Register. The newspaper reported it wasn’t known what the robbers got away with. Orange County has experienced a string of thefts at pharmacies in recent months, […]

  • Claudia Lisseth Sanchez Reyes is seen in an image provided by the Santa Ana Police Department.

    Help Sought in Search for Missing Santa Ana Mother Last Seen Nearly 2 Weeks Ago

    Police have asked for the public’s help as their search continued Wednesday for a missing mother who was last seen with her husband nearly two weeks ago in Santa Ana. Claudia Lisseth Sanchez Reyes, 21, was with her husband at a residence in the 2000 block of North Bush Street when she was last seen on May 6, according to a news release from the Santa Ana Police Department. Reyes reported for work at an El Pollo Loco restaurant that […]

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    Newly Released Video Shows 2015 Deadly Deputy-Involved Shooting in Barstow: Family

    Attorneys representing the family of Nathaniel Harris Pickett on Tuesday released previously unseen video they said captures the confrontation at a Barstow motel that left the 29-year-old man dead. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

  • Two burglars are seen inside a liquor store on surveillance video released by the Garden Grove police Department on May 16, 2016.

    Burglars Steal Thousands of ‘California Scratchers’ After Pulling Doors Off Garden Grove Business: Police

    Police were searching Monday for three people wanted for burglarizing a liquor store in Garden Grove and stealing thousands of California Lottery scratcher tickets after first pulling the doors off the building, surveillance video showed. The burglary occurred around 4:46 a.m. Monday at Hanshaw Liquors at 10971 Westminster Ave., according to a news release from the Garden Grove Police Department. Surveillance video showed a van occupied by three people backing up to the front of the store. Two men got […]