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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 home is destroyed by wildfire in Lake Isabella on June 23, 2016. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

    2 Dead, About 30,000 Acres Burned in Erskine Fire in Lake Isabella; Gov. Brown Issues State of Emergency

    An out-of-control, wind-driven wildfire burning in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County has left two people dead, destroyed about 100 homes and has grown to about 30,000 acres in less than a day, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to issue a state of emergency in the area. The two fatalities were confirmed by the Kern County Fire Department about noon Friday. A man and a woman were found outside one of the homes that burned down, and it appears that they were trying to get […]

  • Dr Jonathan Fielding, Director of the County of Los Angeles Public Health, shows the new "FluMist" nasal spray vaccine for the H1N1 virus (known as Swine Flu) on October 8, 2009. (Credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

    CDC Panel Recommends Against Using FluMist Vaccine During Upcoming Flu Season

    A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee recommended on Wednesday that FluMist, the nasal spray influenza vaccine, should not be used during the upcoming flu season. “To everyone’s surprise and increasing consternation, this vaccine has performed quite poorly compared to the injectable vaccine,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist. An alternative to the standard flu shot, FluMist had been approved for people between the ages of 2 and 49 years old by the Food and Drug […]

  • OCFA blew up a watermelon and raw chicken on June 22, 2016, as part of a fireworks safety demonstration. (Credit: KTLA)

    OCFA Showcases Dangers of Some Fireworks as Fourth of July Approaches

    The Orange County Fire Authority hosted media its Buena Park headquarters Wednesday to showcase the dangers of some fireworks ahead of the Independence Day holiday. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on June 22, 2016.

  • Two Anaheim men charged with conspiring to provide material support for ISIS appeared in a Santa Ana federal courtroom on May 22, 2015. Nader Elhuzayel is at left and Muhanad Badawi is at right. (Credit: Bill Robles)

    2 Anaheim Men Convicted in Conspiracy to Join ISIL

    Two Anaheim residents were convicted Tuesday of conspiring to provide support for the terrorist organization ISIL. Nader Elhuzayel and Muhanad Badawi, who are both 25, were arrested in May 2015, and have been held without bail since then. Amid an FBI investigation, they were arrested when Elhuzayel tried to board a plane at Los Angeles International Airport, with a ticket to travel to Turkey and plans to go on to Syria, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Badawi planned to […]

  • A homeless man cooking in a tent in Garden Grove set fire to himself and a row of palm trees on June 20, 2016 fire officials stated. (Credit: KTLA)

    Homeless Man Sets Fire to Himself and Row of Palm Trees in Garden Grove

    A homeless man cooking in a tent in Garden Grove set fire to himself and a row of palm trees on Monday, fire officials said. Chip Yost reports from Garden Grove for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Monday, June 20, 2016.

  • Extreme heat was expected to hit Southern California just in time for the official start of summer on June 20, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Record-Breaking Heat Tops 120 Degrees in Parts of Southern California

    Widespread triple-digit temperatures were recorded across Southern California Monday as a sweltering heat wave that already shattered records was expected to peak, forecasters said. In anticipation of scorching temperatures across the southern part of the state, the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for inland, desert and mountain areas, while a heat advisory went into effect for the coastal areas. The extreme heat has the potential to break records, with temperatures running about 10 to 20 degrees above […]

  • Omar Saddiqui Mateen was the gunman who opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida killing at least 50 people, two law enforcement officials told CNN. (Credit: Omar Mateen/MySpace)

    Orlando Shooter Exchanged Text Messages With Wife During Pulse Attack, Source Says

    The Orlando shooter and his wife exchanged text messages during the Pulse nightclub rampage, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told CNN. Around 4 a.m. on June 12, about two hours after he started the attack and while holed up in a bathroom, Omar Mateen texted his wife, Noor Salman, asking if she’d seen the news, the official said. At one point, she responded with a text saying that she loved him. Salman also tried calling her husband […]

  • President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One alongside Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Corrine Brown as they arrive at Orlando International Airport in Florida on June 16, 2016. (Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

    Obama: Orlando Victims’ Families ‘Pleaded That We Do More to Stop the Carnage’

    President Barack Obama said grieving family members in Orlando pleaded with him Thursday to take steps to prevent further gun carnage. “Our politics have conspired to make it as easy as possible for a terrorist or even just a disturbed individual to buy extraordinarily powerful weapons, and they can do so legally,” Obama said after meeting families of victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting that took place Sunday. “Today, once again, as has been true too many times before, I […]

  • Lane Graves is seen in a photograph distributed by the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Florida on June 15, 2016.

    Disney Alligator Attack: 2-Year-Old Nebraska Boy’s Body Recovered ‘Intact’

    A 2-year-old boy pulled by an alligator into a lagoon near a Walt Disney World hotel in Bay Lake, Florida, has been found dead, authorities said. An Orange County dive team found Lane Graves’ body intact about 1:45 p.m., not far from where he was grabbed Tuesday night, Sheriff Jerry Demings said Wednesday. His body had only a few puncture wounds, according to a source familiar with the investigation. “Of course, the autopsy has to confirm that, but there is […]