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
  • Travelers at John Wayne Airport will soon have more choices when it comes to taxi service. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

    Uber, Wingz Cleared to Pick Up Passengers at John Wayne Airport

    A pair of ride-sharing companies were issued permits Monday to begin picking up passengers at Orange County’s John Wayne Airport, one of the first large Southern California airports to allow the service. Uber and Wingz were first to apply for permission to collect passengers at the airport under a new operating permit approved by county supervisors this month, according to an airport news release. Uber is set to begin collecting passengers at the airport Tuesday. Wingz was scheduled to begin providing […]

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    Good Samaritans Stop Alleged Purse-Snatcher Targeting Elderly Woman Walking Home From Church

    Two passers-by were being called “superheroes” on Monday after getting out of their car and chasing after a man who allegedly stole an 82-year-old woman’s purse as she was walking home from church on Sunday in La Habra. The suspect, 25-year-old Alfredo Lezama, managed to get away after dropping the purse. But he was later arrested. The good deed was caught on surveillance camera, but the identities of the good Samaritans were still unknown. Police hope someone will recognize the […]

  • A witness's video showed a school bus engulfed in flames outside a middle school in Rancho Santa Margarita on Friday, March 27, 2015. (Credit: David Fogal)

    School Bus Erupts in Flames in Rancho Santa Margarita; Driver Praised for Helping Students to Safety

    A bus driver was being praised Friday morning after escorting students safely off a bus that became engulfed in flames near the front entrance of a school in Rancho Santa Margarita. The incident began about 8:15 a.m. just outside the campus of Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School, said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority. The bus driver, whose name was not disclosed, noticed smoke coming from the vehicle’s engine area. She evacuated 35 7th and 8th graders from […]

  • Huntington Beach Residents Take Part in Tsunami Preparedness Event

    Residents of Huntington Beach prepared Thursday for a possible tsunami by developing a plan to get out of harms way. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

  • A family photo showed three Australian shepherds that  were found dead after likely being stung by bees from a hive in a neighbor's yard.

    Bees Believed to Have Killed 3 Dogs Found Dead at Santa Ana Home: Police

    Three dogs were believed to have been killed by bees at a home in Santa Ana on Wednesday, according to police. The police Animal Services Section was called to a home in the 2200 block of North Olive Street (map) about 3 p.m. with a report that three dogs were dead and might have been killed by bees, Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department said. Responding officers found three dead Australian shepherds at the home, according to […]

  • Evidence markers were placed around an SUV that investigators said could contain human remains in Tustin on March 25, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Human Remains Found in SUV Driven by Woman Detained in Tustin on Suspicion of Killing Her Mother-in-Law

    A woman was detained in Tustin Wednesday on suspicion of killing her mother-in-law and transporting her remains after setting fire to a home in Diamond Bar hours earlier, authorities said. The rapidly evolving case began about 1:30 a.m., when Los Angeles County firefighters were responding to a fire in the in the 1200 block of North Diamond Bar Boulevard, sheriff’s Lt. Eddie Hernandez said. No victims were found in the home, and there was no initial indication to county firefighters as to how […]

  • More than 30 cars had windows damaged by BB gun fire in Costa Mesa on March 24, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    BB Gun-Wielding Vandal Shoots Out Windows on More Than 30 Vehicles in Costa Mesa

    More than 30 vehicles were left with broken windows after a vandalism spree in Costa Mesa that was discovered early Tuesday morning. By midday, investigators had received reports of 33 vehicles with windows shattered or broken by BB gun shots, according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department. The unoccupied cars were parked on streets in the city’s “bird tract” residential neighborhood, where the streets have avian-themed names. Officers were dispatched to the area about 3:30 a.m. […]

  • With her husband and young daughter beside her, Maria Uriostegui described being hit by a car after confronting diners about their unpaid bill. (Credit: KTLA)

    OC Waitress Describes ‘Miracle’ of Surviving Being Run Over by Customers Who Skipped Bill

    Four people were arrested Monday after allegedly skipping out on their bill at an Anaheim-area restaurant and striking a waitress who said it was a “miracle” she survived the hit-and-run. Authorities were contacted around 6:20 p.m. Sunday about four patrons allegedly not paying their bill at the Mexico Lindo restaurant in the 10900 block of Magnolia Street (map), according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. In an afternoon news conference on Monday, the victim, who identified herself as Maria Uriostegui, […]

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    State to Appeal Ruling Bouncing D.A. From Seal Beach Salon Massacre Case

    The state attorney general’s office will appeal a judge’s decision to remove Orange County prosecutors from their highest profile murder case, which the judge said had become a “comedy of errors” in the hands of the district attorney’s office. State prosecutors made the announcement Friday in front of Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals, who last week booted the district attorney’s office off the case after ruling the office had violated Scott Dekraai’s rights by improperly withholding evidence from […]