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
  • Law enforcement and firefighters are seen at the site of a warehouse fire that has claimed  dozens of lives on Dec. 5, 2016, in Oakland. (Credit: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

    Death Toll From Oakland Warehouse Fire Climbs to 36; Criminal Investigation Team Examines Evidence

    The search for answers continued Monday in Oakland as city, state and federal agencies sifted through wreckage in one of the city’s deadliest building fires on record. Bucket by bucket, investigators painstakingly removed debris from inside the warehouse-turned-art-space, narrowing the fire’s origin to the rear of the building, Oakland Fire Deputy Director Darin White said. By Monday afternoon, about 75% of debris removal was completed. In another area of the property, the sheriff”s coroner completed autopsies on 22 of the […]

  • Winds damaged a home in La Canada Flintridge on Dec. 2, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Strong, Damaging Winds, Cool Temperatures Expected Throughout SoCal; Gusts Could Reach 60 to 80 MPH

    Strong, cold and damaging Santa Ana winds are blowing through Southern California Friday into Saturday, the National Weather Service reported. The strongest winds are likely to occur all day Friday and into Friday night, according to the agency. A high wind warning and a wind advisory are in effect until 2 p.m. Saturday. By Friday afternoon, the strongest gust was 70 mph in Fremont Canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains, according to the weather service. A gust of 67 mph was recorded […]

  • Matthew Little is seen in a booking photo released by the Fullerton Police Department on Dec. 1, 2016.

    Suspected Peeper Arrested After Fullerton Incident May Be Involved in Others Crimes in Orange County: Police

    A man who was arrested after allegedly prowling and peeping into the rear window of a home in Fullerton may be responsible for other similar incidents in Orange County, police said Thursday. Matthew Little, 21, was taken into custody following an intense search that began with a call regarding a suspected prowler in the 4200 block of West Porter Avenue just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Fullerton Police Department news release. The suspect fled the scene before police […]

  • Willie Clark, left, and Brian Salinas, right, are seen in photos provided by the Tustin Police Department on Nov. 30, 2016.

    Tustin Police Use GPS Device Hidden in Cough Syrup to Catch Alleged Pharmacy Burglars

    Tustin Police used a GPS device hidden in cough syrup to arrest two men who allegedly broke into a pharmacy this month, officials said. In response to a rash of burglaries targeting a prescription cough syrup used to make a popular cocktail known as “sizzurp,” crime analysts determined which pharmacies they believed would be targeted and worked with employees to set up devices in those locations to help track down the thieves. Creative Compounding Pharmacy along Newport Avenue was burglarized about […]

  • A vandalized eucalyptus tree is seen in a photo provided by the Laguna Beach Police Department on Nov. 30, 2016.

    Several Eucalyptus Trees Vandalized in Laguna Beach: Police

    Several eucalyptus trees have been vandalized in Laguna Beach and police are working to determine if the incidents are connected, officials said. Five trees were found with 2 inch-deep cuts around them on Nov. 21 between Montage Resort Drive and the Pacific Coast Highway. Sergeant Tim Kleiser said the cuts were at the base of the trunks on the trees and investigators believe the damage occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20 and Nov. 21. He added that it would […]

  • Ryan Rustan took this photo of creatures on the sand in Huntington Beach on Nov. 28, 2016. (Credit: @ryanrustan)

    ‘Thousands’ of Mysterious Jelly-Like Creatures Wash Up Near Huntington Beach, Prompting Speculation

    A number of photos showing mysterious jelly-like creatures that recently washed up on the sand in Huntington Beach have prompted rampant speculation on social media. One Facebook user, Ryan Rustan, wrote that he was walking on the shoreline Monday night when he felt “little water balloons popping under my feet, super squishy.” He said looked down and was unsure what exactly he had stepped on. “Couldn’t tell if they were jellyfish or eggs but there are thousands up and down […]

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    Big Rig Crash Backs up Traffic on the 405 Freeway in Seal Beach

    Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Nov. 28, 2016.

  • Three men were involved in a robbery at a coffee shop in Santa Ana that was caught on surveillance video on Nov. 21, 2016.

    Santa Ana Police Look For 3 Men in Coffee Shop Armed Robbery Caught on Video

    Santa Ana Police officials are looking for two men and a person of interest in connection with a coffee shop robbery that was caught on surveillance video Monday. The incident was reported about 3:15 p.m. at M&Toi Café, 4702 West 1st St. A man is seen in surveillance video entering the cafe and siting down at the bar. After several minutes, the man appeared to be texting someone and soon after two men wearing bandanas on their faces entered the building. […]

  • Joshua Owens is seen in a photo released by the Buena Park Police Department on Nov. 22, 2016.

    High School Coach, Lifeguard Accused of Sexually Assaulting Minors: Buena Park PD

    A man who was a high school coach in Buena Park and a lifeguard in Long Beach has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting minors, and police are seeking additional victims, authorities said Tuesday. Joshua Christopher Owens, 23, was arrested on Monday. He was charged with various misdemeanor and felony offenses and was released from the Buena Park Police Department after posting $75,000 bail, officials said in a news release. Owens worked as a water polo and swim coach at Kennedy […]