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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
  • Police responded to a shooting in Garden Grove on Oct. 2, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    1 Juvenile Killed, Another Injured in Garden Grove Shooting: Police

    A male juvenile was killed and another was hospitalized after a shooting in Garden Grove Friday afternoon. Officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired in the 12600 block of Keel Avenue at 2:18 p.m., according to a news release from the Garden Grove Police Department. The dispatcher was told that two people had been shot. On scene, officers found one boy dead and another wounded. The latter was transported to a hospital with a gunshot wound to his “upper extremity,” […]

  • Keith Edwards and Reina Emerson rejoice after their more than 200 days walking across the U.S. ends in Huntington Beach on Oct. 2, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Couple’s Coast-to-Coast Walk Has a Message — and a Surprise Ending in O.C.

    They had known each other for just about three weeks before two strangers who met in Hawaii took the first steps together in their on-foot journey across the United States, raising awareness for marine environmental concerns. Starting in Jacksonville, Florida, in March, the pair — now a couple — arrived in Huntington Beach Friday. Keith Edwards got down on one knee before his partner-in-adventure of seven months, Reina Emerson. Cheers erupted from the beachside group of their friends and family, plus a few […]

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    Southern California Divers Show Off High-Tech Submarine

    A group of Southern California divers showed off their high-tech submarine on Wednesday. Chip Yost reports from Dana Point for the KTLA 5 News at 3 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2015. More video:  

  • Demarrea Chante Barnes, 29, is seen in a booking photo. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

    Suspect’s Aunt Apologizes to Family of 82-Year-Old Victim Beaten in Santa Ana

    A 29-year-old transient man who allegedly left an 82-year-old man with critical injuries in what police described as an unprovoked attack in Santa Ana appeared in court Tuesday to face criminal charges, and his aunt apologized for his alleged behavior. Demarrea Chante Barnes was charged with one felony count of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, one felony count of elder and dependent adult abuse, with a sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury. He entered a not guilty plea. […]

  • A photo of Shayan Mazroei is seen outside a Laguna Niguel home, where a vigil was held in his honor on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Family of College Student Slain Outside Laguna Niguel Pub Calls for Hate Crime Investigation

    Family members of Shayan Mazroei, an Iranian-American college student who was slain outside a Laguna Niguel pub earlier this month, called for authorities to investigate his death as a hate crime during a news conference Monday. Mazroei, who was a student at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, died at a hospital after being stabbed during an altercation near Patsy’s Irish Pub on Sept. 7. The incident apparently began when a woman at the pub made hateful comments toward Mazroei, according to the family’s attorney […]

  • Surveillance video provided by the Santa Ana Police Department shows an assailant standing over a man after a vicious attack that left the elderly victim hospitalized.

    Video Shows Vicious Attack on 83-Year-Old Man in Santa Ana Parking Lot; Assailant Sought

    Santa Ana police on Friday asked for the public’s help in identifying an assailant who punched and kicked an 83-year-old man in a vicious attack that was captured on surveillance video. The incident occurred after the victim pulled into a parking lot at 5015 West Edinger Ave. (map) about 6:10 a.m., parked and exited his vehicle, the Santa Ana Police Department said in a news release. Family members later gave the man’s name as Tuyen Nguyen. In accordance with his morning routine, he was on […]

  • A boat is pictured after a crash in Newport Beach on Sept. 25, 2015, involving UC Irvine students. (Credit: KTLA)

    UC Irvine Student Hospitalized After Powerboat Crashes Into Crew Team’s Vessel

    UC Irvine student was taken to a hospital Friday morning after a powerboat crashed into her crew team’s boat in Newport Beach, splitting the vessel in half and tossing several team members into the water, authorities said. One woman was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be a broken foot. Another woman reported a foot injury but declined to be taken to a hospital, said Orange County sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Marble. The Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol responded to Newport […]

  • A bystander's video shows a violent altercation involving two male students at Huntington Beach High School.

    Huntington Beach High Student Arrested for Allegedly Beating Visually Impaired Teen; Video of Incident Goes Viral

    A male Huntington Beach High School student has been arrested after allegedly beating a visually impaired boy in an incident that was captured on video by a bystander, police announced Thursday. Footage showing part of the confrontation, which ended when a third boy knocked the suspected assailant to the ground, went viral after it was posted online. The incident began about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and initially involved two students who “know each other and have a history of not getting […]

  • U.S. Cardinal Roger Mahony arrives for a synod meeting as cardinals prepare to vote for a new pope on March 9, 2013, in Vatican City, Vatican. (Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

    Cardinal Roger Mahony, Retired from L.A. Archdiocese After Sex Abuse Scandal, Attends Events During Papal Visit

    Cardinal Roger Mahony, who retired as archbishop of Los Angeles in 2011 and then in 2013 was relieved of public duties over his handling of sex abuse cases, was attending papal events during the six-day visit to the U.S. by Pope Francis. Mahony’s presence generated complaints from sex abuse survivors. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Sept. 23, 2015. Correction: Cardinal Roger Mahony’s title was incorrectly stated in an earlier version of this video caption. The […]