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
  • Construction began Monday on the 5 Freeway carpool lane extension project in San Juan Capistrano. (Credit: KTLA)

    Carpool Lane Extension Project Begins on 5 Freeway in San Juan Capistrano

    A construction project to extend a carpool lane on the southbound side of the 5 Freeway in San Juan Capistrano got underway Monday. Chip Yost reports from San Juan Capistrano for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. 

  • UCI provided this picture on Jan. 23, 2015, after scientists at the school helped discover how to unboil an egg.

    UCI Scientists Discover How to Unboil Eggs; Hope to Aid Cancer Research

    Scientists at the University of California, Irvine helped to discovered how to unboil eggs recently – an effort they hope will help cancer researchers. Chip Yost reports from Irvine for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

  • Maricela Sanchez, is shown in a family photo with her sons Jaiden Liborio, middle, and Iker, right.

    Mother, 20, Is Second Fatality in San Juan Capistrano Fire That Killed 3-Year-Old Son

    A young mother has become the second fatality in a fast-moving fire consumed a condominium building in San Juan Capistrano, killing her son and injuring seven others. Maricela Sanchez, who turned 20 last week, was pronounced dead at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, according to the Orange County coroner’s office. Sanchez’s 3-year-old son, Jaiden Liborio, died Tuesday night, hours after flames and smoke destroyed the building on La Zanja Street, displacing 80 residents. Jaiden, his […]

  • Evidence suggests that the latest measles outbreak has spread beyond people who visited Disneyland between Dec. 17 and 20. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    Disneyland Measles Outbreak Continues to Spread

    More than 50 people have been diagnosed with measles following a recent outbreak that began at Disneyland. Chip Yost reports from La Palma for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

  • Firefighters are seen on the roof of an apartment complex that caught fire in San Juan Capistrano on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    San Juan Capistrano Fire That Left 9 Injured Likely Caused by Child Playing With Lighter

    A child playing with a lighter likely caused a fire that left nine people injured, three of them in grave condition, and destroyed two units at a condominium complex in San Juan Capistrano on Tuesday, authorities said. The fire was reported at about 9:15 a.m. in the 26500 block of La Zanja Street (map), Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority said. The blaze began in a four-bedroom apartment where 17 people lived, officials on scene said later Tuesday […]

  • Volunteers went door-to-door in Santa Ana Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, to promote fire safety. (Credit: KTLA)

    Santa Ana Volunteers Check Communities’ Smoke Alarms, Discuss Fire Safety

    Volunteers went door-to-door in Santa Ana Monday checking the communities’ smoke alarms in hopes of promoting fire safety. Quiz: Do You Know What to Do in a House Fire? Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.  

  • Tommy Caldwell, left, and Kevin Jorgeson speak to reporters in Yosemite Valley on Jan. 15, 2015, a day after they completed the Dawn Wall climb of El Capitan. (Credit: CNN)

    Yosemite Climber Urges Inspired Supporters to ‘Find Their Own Dawn Wall’

    Nineteen days. Three thousand feet of some of the hardest climbing in the world. And just their bare hands and sticky-soled shoes to get them up the granite-faced monster known as the Dawn Wall. Many other people had climbed El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. None of them ever reached the top after free-climbing the Dawn Wall like Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson did Wednesday. The Dawn Wall is revered in the climbing world as one of the most daunting […]

  • Kevin Jorgeson, shown in yellow, and Tommy Caldwell, in green, hiking up the summit towards the crowd after they completed their ascent of the Dawn Wall on Jan. 14, 2015. (Credit: Ted Distel / Adidas Outdoor)

    Yosemite Free Climb: Caldwell, Jorgeson Bask in Their History-Making Moment

    The morning after making history as the first free climbers to reach the top of Yosemite’s El Capitan on Wednesday, two mountaineers were recovering and preparing to meet the press. Kevin Jorgeson, 30, of Santa Rosa and Tommy Caldwell, 36, of Estes, Colo., used just fingers and feet to scale the massive 3,000-foot vertical wall. They will talk about their record-breaking feat at 11 a.m. Thursday at Yosemite. The last tweet Jorgeson sent out, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, before he […]

  • Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson near the top of the Dawn Wall on Jan. 14, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Free Climbers Complete Long-Sought, Historic Dawn Wall Ascent on Yosemite’s El Capitan

    Two world-class rock climbers who have been clinging to minuscule granite holds in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday completed a yearslong effort to free-climb the Dawn Wall on the towering 3,000-foot face of El Capitan, becoming the first to complete what is widely considered the most difficult such ascent in the world. Tommy Caldwell, a 36-year-old from Colorado, and his 30-year-old partner, Kevin Jorgeson from Santa Rosa, topped out on the summit of the Sierra Nevada monolith about 3:30 p.m. They spent 19 […]