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
  • Gas prices were dropping below $3 per gallon across the county, including this rare site at a Downey station on Oct. 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Gas Prices Drop Below $3 Per Gallon for Most Drivers — Even Some in SoCal

    Cheap gas is back. About two-thirds of the stations nationwide are now charging $3 or less for a gallon of regular, according to the Oil Price Information Service. The national average has plunged to $3.01 a gallon, according to AAA, its lowest level in nearly four years. And twenty states actually have averages below $3. In California, the statewide average was about $3.35 for regular on Thursday, according to AAA. Southern California metro areas broke down as follows, according to AAA’s […]

  • An off-duty LAPD officer was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Huntington Beach after allegedly committing a lewd act in public, authorities said.

    LAPD Officer Arrested After Allegedly Committing a Lewd Act in Public

    An off-duty LAPD officer was arrested Thursday in Huntington Beach after allegedly committing a lewd act in public, authorities announced on Wednesday. Ryan Galliher was arrested on Oct. 23 and was assigned to home duty pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. After being notified of his arrest, Galliher’s commanding officer responded to Huntington Beach and met with him, the release stated. In addition to the criminal investigation, LAPD has […]

  • Stolen Car Suspects Arrested After Police Pursuit in Orange County

    Two car thieves were arrested in Santa Ana on Tuesday after leading police on a brief chase that ended with the two suspects running into an office building. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

  • Alfredo Miguel Aquino, a 20-year-old resident of Anaheim, left, and Ricardo Cruz, 19, of Buena Park, were charged with murder in the death of Ximena Meza, police said. (Credit: Anaheim Police Department)

    2 Charged With Murder, Street Terrorism in Shooting Death of 9-Year-Old Anaheim Girl

    Two gang members were formally charged Tuesday in the death of a 9-year-old girl who was shot last week while playing with friends in front of her Anaheim home, officials said. Alfredo Miguel Aquino, 20, of Anaheim, and Ricardo Cruz, 19, of Buena Park, were each charged with murder, street terrorism and weapons charges, all felonies, according to a news release from the Orange County district attorney’s office. They are accused in the fatal shooting of Ximena Meza, who died […]

  • A health care worker is seen preparing for an Ebola drill at UCLA Medical Center in October 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Hundreds Attend Ebola Question-and-Answer Forum Held in Irvine

    Medical experts gathered in Irvine on Monday to address community fears and concerns over how well the city was prepared to handle a possible case of Ebola. Chris Wolfe reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. More Videos:

  • Herbert Granados Calderon, suspected of vehicular manslaughter and DUI, is seen in a booking photo. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

    Alleged DUI Driver in Crash That Killed Teen, Injured 5 Others Had Suspended License: Santa Ana Police

    A suspected drunk driver who was arrested over the weekend following a chain-reaction crash in Santa Ana that left an 18-year-old man dead and five others injured was driving with a suspended license, police said Sunday. Herbert Granados Calderon’s license had also previously been suspended for driving under the influence, a news release from the Santa Ana Police Department stated. The 23-year-old Santa Ana resident was traveling southbound in a Lexus on Bristol Street on Saturday night when he allegedly […]

  • A WestJet plane was quarantined at John Wayne Airport on Oct. 24, 2014, after a toddler with meningitis was reported on board. (Credit: KTLA)

    Meningitis Scare Prompts Temporary Containment of Plane at OC Airport

    A WestJet plane arriving from Canada was temporarily contained on the tarmac of John Wayne Airport after a 2-year-old with meningitis was reported on board Friday afternoon, authorities said. The child was hospitalized but was quickly released after she was determined not to have meningitis, a hospital spokeswoman said. The WestJet plane was stopped at Gate 2 of the Santa Ana airport, Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Larry Kurtz said. The fire department was called to the airport at 2:30 p.m. with […]

  • A GoFundMe page was established for Ximena Meza, who was shot and killed Oct. 22, 2014.

    Car Wash Held to Raise Funds for Family of 9-Year-Old Girl Fatally Shot in Anaheim

    A car wash was held Friday to raise funds for the family of 9-year-old Ximena Meza, who was shot and killed while playing in front of her apartment in Anaheim on Wednesday. Police believe Meza was the unintended victim of a gang shooting in the 2300 block of West Greenacre Avenue (map) when a man emerged from a car and fired a gun towards some other men, but fatally struck Meza instead. Meza’s parents went to the car wash on […]

  • A family friend provided this photo of Ximena Meza, 9, who was shot and killed while playing in her Anaheim home's front yard on Oct. 22, 2014.

    Anaheim Police Offer Reward in Shooting Death of 9-Year-Old Girl

    The Anaheim Police Department offered a $50,000 reward Thursday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot and killed a 9-year-old girl the previous day. The Anaheim Police Association also offered an additional $5,000 reward. The coroner’s office identified Ximena Meza as the young girl who was struck by gunfire while playing in a home’s front yard in 2300 block of West Greenacre Avenue (map). The incident was reported at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to Lt. Bob Dunn […]