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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
  • Scott Dekraai is shown in court in March 30, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mass Shooter Scott Dekraai Spared Death Penalty as Judge Rules on Fallout From O.C. Jail Informant Scandal

    For years, allegations that Orange County law enforcement officials used a secret network of jailhouse informants to violate inmates’ constitutional rights have roiled the region’s criminal justice system. The so-called snitch scandal has led to the retrial of several convicted killers, sparked criticism of Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas and Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and led to a federal investigation. The county’s beleaguered law enforcement leaders received their most stinging rebuke yet on Friday, when Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals blocked prosecutors from pursuing […]

  • Retailers Across the Nation Sell Out of Eclipse-Viewing Glasses, Leaving Some to Scramble for Eye Protection

    Orange County Telescope, an astronomy store in Santa Ana, was about the only local store that was still selling protective eyewear for viewing the Aug. 21 solar eclipse as retailers across the nation underestimated demand. Unable to secure eclipse glasses? You could always make a pinhole camera using just card stock, foil, tape and a paper clip. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Aug. 17, 2017.  

  • Solar Eclipse Sunglasses Difficult to Come By as Event Approaches

    With the solar eclipse just days away, sales of the special protective sunglasses needed to safely view the event are being increasingly more difficult to find. Chip Yost reports from Santa Ana for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Aug. 17, 2017.

  • Benjamin Whitten, left, and Jeryn Johnson, right, are seen in booking photos released by Murrieta police.

    Murrieta Sailor, Girlfriend Arrested on Suspicion of Torture After 5-Year-Old Boy Hospitalized in Grave Condition

    A U.S. Navy sailor father and his girlfriend face multiple possible charges, including torture, after an alleged case of child abuse in Murrieta left a 5-year-old boy hospitalized in grave condition, police said Wednesday. Police and fire personnel were dispatched to an emergency call at 24001 Verdun Lane shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday in reference to a child in medical distress, according to a Murrieta Police Department news release. When first responders arrived, they located a 5-year-old boy with “severe” […]

  • An Orange County Sheriff's Department official investigates the scene of a fatal crash in Stanton on Aug. 15, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    64-Year-Old Man in Wheelchair Killed in Stanton Crash

    A 64-year-old man in a wheelchair was killed in a Stanton crash Tuesday afternoon, Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials said. The crash was reported about 2:45 p.m. near the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Chapman Avenue, said Lt. Lane Lagaret. Two vehicles were heading south on Beach Boulevard when the driver in an Acura crashed into a SUV then lost control. After the crash, the Acura continued south, jumped the curb and hit the victim, who “went flying,” Lagaret said. The […]

  • Brooke Croul is shown on the floor in this still image of a video she provided of a brawl in Laguna Beach on Aug. 12, 2017.

    Woman Says She Was Attacked After Trying to Intervene in a Brawl Outside Laguna Beach Bar

    A woman says she was attacked after she tried to intervene in a brawl outside a Laguna Beach bar over the weekend. Allison Croul said she and her sister were walking by The Saloon, located at 446 South Coast Highway, about 1:30 a.m. Saturday when they saw what appeared to be a man being thrown out of the bar. “Next thing we know a man comes down, splat, face down, right in front of us. Almost like a board falling […]

  • Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 13, 2017 to protest the white-nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Va. (Credit: KTLA)

    Demonstrators Gather in Downtown L.A. Following Violence in Virginia

    Hundreds of protesters marched peacefully through downtown Los Angeles on Sunday to denounce the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Va., and to excoriate President Trump. The demonstrators rallied on the steps of City Hall with speeches condemning racism and xenophobia, then marched through the streets of downtown, chanting: “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA,” “No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here,” “Black lives matter,” and other slogans. Many brandished signs such as “Stop white terrorism,” “Nazi scum,” “White […]

  • O.C. 13-Year-Old Has Raised $25,000 to Combat Homelessness Through Lemonade Stand

    A 13-year-old girl who has raised thousands of dollars to help homeless people was hoping to raise even more at a lemonade stand fundraiser in Los Alamitos on Friday. Chip Yost reports from Los Alamitos for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Aug. 11, 2017. Correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated the girl’s age.

  • Scott Dekraai is shown in court in March 30, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Sentencing Hearing Held for Seal Beach Mass Murderer Scott Dekraai

    A hearing was held Thursday to determine whether Scott Dekraai, the man convicted of killing eight people in a 2011 shooting rampage at a Seal Beach salon, should be sentenced to death. Chip Yost reports from Santa Ana for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Aug. 10, 2017.