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
  • Dawn Frances McEveety is shown in a DMV photo.

    Woman Found ‘Entombed’ in Container Inside Car ID’d as 19-Year-Old From Huntington Beach

    A young woman whose body was found “entombed” in the back of an abandoned car near the border of Santa Fe Springs and Pico Rivera was identified as a 19-year-old from Huntington Beach on Monday. Dawn McEveety was the woman who was discovered dead Sunday afternoon in a vehicle found in the unincorporated West Whittier-Los Nietos area. She was identified by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in a news release midday Monday. The cause of McEveety’s death appeared to be […]

  • Miracle Perez is seen using a toy scooter on Nov. 25, 2015, several days after her specialized wheelchair was stolen. (Credit: Chip Yost / KTLA)

    Local Businessman Helps Out After Specialized Wheelchair Is Stolen From Santa Ana Girl Named Miracle

    A local businessman came to the rescue Wednesday after the family of 4-year-old Miracle Perez discovered that her specialized wheelchair was stolen from outside their Santa Ana home. The little girl, who was born without legs and with a heart condition and other medical problems, needs the chair to get to and from school, her mother said Wednesday through a Spanish interpreter. After hearing about the theft, George Objanyan with Sherman Oaks Medical Supply surprised Miracle with a donated stroller […]

  • Police respond to a fatal confrontation at a Starbucks in Santa Ana on Nov. 24, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Dead After Being Hit in Head by Skateboarder in Act of Self-Defense at Santa Ana Starbucks: Witnesses

    A young man used a skateboard to fatally strike another man who was harassing him and other customers at a Santa Ana Starbucks on Tuesday, according to accounts from witnesses and police. The incident occurred shortly after noon at a Starbucks in a strip mall near South Bristol Street and West MacArthur Boulevard, close to South Coast Plaza. Two eyewitnesses told KTLA that a man was pacing back and forth, bothering coffee shop customers outside the Starbucks location, and then began […]

  • Ron Thomas, center, sits at a news conference where a settlement deal is announced in the wrongful death lawsuit he filed over his son Kelly Thomas' 2011 killing. (Credit: KTLA)

    $4.9 Million Settlement Reached in Kelly Thomas Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    A $4.9 million settlement was reached Monday in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the father of Fullerton-area transient Kelly Thomas. The settlement was reached between Fullerton city officials, former and current police officers, and the man’s father, Ron Thomas, the day the civil lawsuit was set to go to trial. Thomas, who suffered from schizophrenia, was beaten by Fullerton police during a July 2011 altercation. He died several days later. Two officers who were accused of causing Thomas’ death were found not guilty last […]

  • Downey police Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez is shown in a photo distributed by LASD on Nov. 19, 2015.

    3 Suspects ID’d in Fatal Shooting of Downey Officer, Including 16-Year-Old Charged as Adult With Murder

    The names were released Friday of all three suspects arrested and booked on suspicion of murder in the death of a Downey police officer who was gunned down earlier this week during a botched robbery attempt. The youngest, a 16-year-old boy, has been charged as an adult with one count of murder in connection with the shooting, authorities announced Friday. Abel Diaz, of Bellflower, was initially expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to a news […]

  • Police were investigating an apparent murder suicide triggered by a love triangle on Nov. 18, 2015.

    Suspected Love Triangle Leads to Attempted Murder Suicide in Fullerton: Police

    Police in Fullerton were investigating an apparent attempted-murder suicide triggered by a love triangle involving a man, his estranged wife and her new boyfriend. The incident occurred around 1:50 p.m. near the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Ash Avenue. Investigators were still trying to determine how the woman, her new boyfriend and her estranged husband all ended up in the woman’s car,  said Sgt. Kathryn Hamel with the Fullerton Police Department. At some point, the husband got out of the […]

  • Syrian refugees walk towards Molivos after having arrived on Lesvos island in Greece, after having crossed the Aegean sea from Turkey in an inflatable boat, on August 23, 2015. (Credit: Achilleas Zavallis/AFP/Getty Images)

    Mayors, Governors Clash Over Accepting Syrian Refugees in US

    Democratic mayors across the country are clashing with mostly Republican governors who say their states shouldn’t accept Syrian refugees. More than half — 31 — of the nation’s governors, most of the Republicans, say they oppose letting Syrian refugees into their states. The final say on allowing refugees into the country falls with the federal government, though governors can slow down the process and make placing and aiding refugees more difficult. “It sends a horrible message to the world. It […]

  • The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, approved plans to convert this Anaheim building into a homeless shelter.(Credit: KTLA)

    OC Supervisors Approve Plans for New Homeless Shelter in Anaheim

    The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved plans for a new homeless shelter in Anaheim, despite the objections of some nearby residents and business owners. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015.

  • A woman was shot by police in San Bernardino on Nov. 16, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Who Allegedly Pointed Gun at Officers Shot by San Bernardino Police

    An allegedly armed woman was shot by San Bernardino police on Monday after officers were called to a report of a woman with a gun trying to break into a home. The shooting took place at Sixth Street and Garner Avenue, according to San Bernardino Police Department Lt. Richard Lawhead. The 911 caller who reported an armed woman trying to break into a home hung up, Lawhead said, but officers were able to determine the 1:44 p.m. call came from the […]