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
  • Erica Alonso was seen in a photograph provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

    Missing Laguna Hills Woman Was Subject of Restraining Order Over Alleged Domestic Violence

    A 27-year-old Laguna Hills woman who has been missing since a Valentine’s Day date was the subject of a four-month court order to stay away with her ex-boyfriend in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident in November, according to court documents. Erica Alonso was taken into custody Nov. 2, and her ex-boyfriend was listed as the victim in Orange County Superior Court documents that were obtained by KTLA on Wednesday. She was charged Nov. 4 with misdemeanor domestic violence […]

  • An Irvine woman claimed she was punched twice while waiting for the elevator at Irvine Spectrum Apartments on Feb. 23, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Claims She Was Attacked in Parking Garage in Irvine

    An Irvine woman said Tuesday she believed she was the victim of the so-called “knockout” game.  The victim claimed she was punched twice Sunday night while waiting for the elevator at Irvine Spectrum Apartments. Chip yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.  

  • A squat lobster is seen on Newport Beach. (Credit: @audrey.eliza via Instagram)

    Thousands of Squat Lobster Wash Ashore in Newport Beach

    Much of Newport Beach was covered in crustaceans Monday morning after thousands of squat lobster washed ashore. Viewers sent in photos and videos of the unusual sight, but according to Julianne E. Steers of the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, the crab-like creatures end up on shore like this about every six years or so. The squat lobster usually end up onshore during an El Nino event or when water temperatures get warm, according to Steers. Although they are often mistaken […]

  • A surveillance photo showed Erica Alonso and the couple she met on Valentine's Day just hours before her disappearance. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

    Mystery Couple Comes Forward in Search for Missing OC Woman; Family Pleads for Help

    A mystery couple seen with a Laguna Hills woman who disappeared after a night out celebrating on Valentine’s Day came forward to talk to investigators Friday as the missing woman’s family pleaded for help in finding her. Erica Alonso, 27, hasn’t been seen since shortly after she and her boyfriend left the Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa on the evening of Feb. 14 with an unknown couple. “We just want her home. We miss her so much,” said her sister, who gave […]

  • A woman was left in critical condition after being stabbed in Santa Ana on Feb. 20, 2015. Responding police shot the alleged attacker. (Credit: KTLA)

    Santa Ana Police Shoot Man Suspected of Stabbing Woman; Suspect and Victim in Critical Condition

    Called to the scene by witnesses who reported a stabbing, police shot a man who was believed to have violently attacked a woman in Santa Ana on Friday afternoon. Both the female stabbing victim and her assailant were hospitalized in critical condition and had gone into surgery, Santa Ana Police Department spokesman Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. Three male employees walked out of a commercial building where they worked in the 1900 block of South Susan Street (map) at about 12:20 p.m., […]

  • Brad and Monica Culpepper attend CBS' "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" Season Finale at CBS Television City on Dec. 15, 2013, in Los Angeles (Credit: Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

    Search Warrants Served in O.C. Over Fraud Allegations Against Ex-NFL Lineman, ‘Survivor’ Star

    Brad Culpepper, a former NFL player who appeared on “Survivor,” has been accused of fraud over worker’s compensation claims and is the target of a civil lawsuit from an insurer. Now the Orange County investigators have served search warrants in connection with a criminal investigation into the alleged fraud. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Feb. 19, 2015.

  • Long Beach police released this photograph of the victim, 55-year-old Jose Guevarra.

    Man Killed in Long Beach Hit-and-Run That Threw Him From Wheelchair; Driver Sought

    Long Beach police were asking for the public’s help Wednesday in locating a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a 55-year-old man in a wheelchair near a gas station. Jose Guevarra was crossing eastbound on Santa Fe Avenue at Lincoln Street in an unmarked crosswalk Friday night when  he was hit by a vehicle traveling northbound, according to the Long Beach Police Department. The force of the impact threw Guevarra from the wheelchair and into the street north of the intersection, […]

  • William Clyde Thompson, John David Yoder, and Erick Alan Monsivais are all suspected of involvement in a human trafficking and child pornography ring. They are shown in photos released Feb. 17, 2015, by the Riverside County DA’s office.

    3 Men Charged in Alleged Child Porn Ring Accused of Approaching Boys at Riverside County Skate Park

    The arrest last month of a Nevada man on the run from a federal child pornography indictment led to charges against two Southern California men who were part of a ring of human traffickers with victims were under 10 years old, authorities announced Tuesday. William Clyde Thompson, 54, of Las Vegas, was taken into custody in Needles on Jan. 27 while using an alias, according to a news release from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. He had been wanted since September […]

  • Presidents day was celebrated at the Nixon library on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Presidents Day Celebration Held at Nixon Library in Yorba Linda

    A Presidents Day celebration took place Monday at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda. Chip Yost reports from Yorba Linda for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.