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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
  • A family photo of  memorial for Agustin Villegas, 32, who was shot to death on the 91 Freeway on Monday, July 14, 2014.

    Wife Pleads for Justice for Father of Four Gunned Down on 91 Freeway

    The wife of a father of four gunned down as he rode in his cousin’s truck on the 91 Freeway in Anaheim was pleading Friday for the public’s help in bringing his killer to justice. Agustin Villegas was riding in the passenger seat of a white Ford F-150 pick-up truck on Monday night with his cousin and their two teenage sons when he was hit. Villegas died at the scene. His 42-year cousin was also wounded but survived. The teenage […]

  • Lawmakers Voice Opposition to Toll Lanes on 405 Freeway in Orange County

    Lawmakers voiced their opposition to potential toll lanes on the 405 Freeway in Orange County during a news conference on Thursday. Chip Yost reports from Costa Mesa for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on July 31, 2014.

  • Renice Stevenson Flores-Davis, Cierra Rose Thompson and Oscar Gonzalez-Salinas were held on suspicion of kidnapping and torture, among other charges. These booking photos were released July 30, 2014, by the Orange County DA's office.

    3 Charged After Woman Allegedly Tortured, Held Captive, Forced Into Prostitution at O.C. Motels

    Two men and a woman who were charged Wednesday with torturing a woman forced into prostitution in Orange County allegedly tied the victim up, beat her and burned her, authorities said. The 26-year-old unidentified victim was found with burn marks, contusions and a black eye when Costa Mesa police responded to the Days Inn motel on Newport Boulevard Monday. The woman said she had been held in hotel rooms for several days, tortured and sometimes blindfolded and forced into a […]

  • Maribel Ramos' body was found in a remote Orange County canyon in May 2013, two weeks after she was last seen.

    Roommate Found Guilty of 2nd-Degree Murder in Death of Maribel Ramos

    A Santa Ana jury found a 55-year-old Orange man accused of killing his Army sergeant roommate and dumping her body in a remote canyon guilty of second-degree murder on Tuesday. Kwang Chol Joy faces up to 25 years in state prison for felony murder in the death of Maribel Ramos, a 36-year-old veteran who was days from graduating with a criminal justice degree from California State University, Fullerton when she disappeared in May 2013. Ramos’ body was found two weeks later in the […]

  • A teenaged girl was credited with helping to thwart a burglary at her home in the Rossmore community, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said. (Credit: KTLA)

    Teen Girl Helps Stop Burglary at Her OC Home, Sheriff’s Dept. Says; 911 Tapes Released

    A 14-year-old girl’s quick-thinking actions were being credited with helping to thwart a burglary at her Orange County home, authorities announced on Monday. Deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the Rossmore community last Monday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release. Two male juveniles had attempted to enter the residence through several doors and windows, unaware that the teen was home at the time, according to the release. The unidentified 14-year-old hid […]

  • The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $12-million fine against Southwest Airlines for allegedly failing to comply with rules related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. Above, a Southwest Boeing 737 at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Ark., last month. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    Southwest Airlines Faces $12-Million FAA Fine

    Southwest Airlines is facing a $12-million fine after air safety regulators said the airline didn’t comply with maintenance regulations on its Boeing 737 jetliner fleet. The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing the civil penalty against Southwest. It would be the second-largest fine in FAA history. Since 2006, the agency said in a statement, the airline and its contractor, Aviation Technical Services based in Everett, Wash., have broken rules related to maintenance work while conducting an “extreme makeover” on the aluminum […]

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    ‘Nobody Wins,’ Prosecutor Says of Conviction of 2 Women in Death of Kim Pham

    A day after being handed the case, a jury on Thursday found two women guilty of voluntary manslaughter instead of murder in the death a 23-year-old Huntington Beach woman who collapsed after a fight outside a Santa Ana nightclub in January. Kim Pham died three days after she was taken from the scene of a melee that was caught on cellphone videos in front of The Crosby nightclub. Her death generated intense interest nationally, partly because it initially appeared incorrectly that no one […]

  • Maribel Ramos' body was found in a remote Orange County canyon in May 2013, two weeks after she was last seen.

    Murder Can’t Be Proved in Death of Maribel Ramos: Defense Attorney

    The defense attorney for a man accused of killing his roommate, whose body was found in a remote Orange County canyon two weeks after she disappeared, argued Wednesday that there was no evidence conclusively linking his client to her death. During closing arguments in the murder trial of Kwang Chol Joy, 55, attorney Adam Vining emphasized that there was no evidence about how 36-year-old Maribel Ramos died. Though evidence showed Joy had done an Internet search for the location where […]

  • Kwang Joy appears in court. (Credit: KTLA)

    Closing Arguments Begin for Roommate Accused of Murdering Army Vet

    Closing arguments began Tuesday for man accused of murdering Army veteran and Cal State Fullerton student Maribel Ramos. Ramos’ roommate at the time of her disappearance Kwang Joy was arrested and accused of murder when Ramos’ body was found off Santiago Canyon Road on May 16, 2013. Earlier in the month, when Ramos was first reported missing, Joy appeared on television and cast suspicion about a boyfriend Ramos had allegedly gotten into an argument with. Chip Yost reports from Santa […]