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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
  • The Anaheim White House is seen here in undated footage from KTLA.

    Anaheim White House Restaurant Reopens After Huge Fire a Year Earlier

    The Anaheim White House Restaurant, run by famed philanthropist Bruno Serato, is reopening after a multimillion-dollar makeover following an electrical fire in February 2017. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on May 8, 2018.      

  • Members of a caravan of Central Americans who spent weeks traveling across Mexico wait to walk from Mexico onto the U.S. side of the border to ask authorities for asylum on April 29, 2018 in Tijuana. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

    New Trump Administration Policy Could Separate Families Caught Crossing U.S. Border Illegally

    The Trump administration has decided to refer every person caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution, a policy that could result in the separation of far more parents from their children at the border. The move would also mean that even if immigrants caught at the border illegally have valid asylum claims, they could still end up with federal criminal convictions on their record regardless of whether a judge eventually finds they have a right to live and stay in […]

  • Three thin pelicans are shown in a cage at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach on May 4, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Thin and Hungry Pelicans Being Found in Seal Beach and Newport Beach

    Numerous young, thin and hungry pelicans have been found from Seal Beach to Newport Beach and transported to the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach, officials said on Friday. Animal control officers are busy responding to calls from the public to help the birds, said a Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center news release. It’s unclear why the birds are arriving sick, officials said. There “seems to be plenty of bait fish available for them to eat,” said Greg […]

  • Santa Ana Police Department officials released this photo of a rifle found in a robbery suspect's car on May 3, 2018.

    Robbery Suspect Who Allegedly Pointed Rifle at People in Santa Ana and Tustin Arrested After Pursuit

    A 22-year-old robbery suspect who allegedly pointed an assault-style rifle at numerous people in Santa Ana and Tustin was arrested Thursday after a pursuit, police said. Gonzalo Barajas, of Santa Ana, was arrested after police received reports of a man pointing a rifle around 1:40 p.m. and authorities responded, said Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. Barajas is accused of leaving his home in the 600 block of S. Ross Street in Santa Ana at 1:30 p.m. with the […]

  • A truck slammed into a home in Fullerton on May, 2018. (Credit: OC Hawk)

    Fullerton Home Red-Tagged After Truck Slams Into It; No Injuries Reported

    A home in Fullerton has been red-tagged after a truck slammed into it Wednesday afternoon, and no one was injured, officials said. The vehicle was traveling eastbound on Chapman Avenue when it crashed into the house at around 2:30 p.m., authorities said. Video from the scene shows the front half of the truck completely inside the home, with just the lower half hanging out. A street sign could be seen on top of the vehicle. No injuries were reported and […]

  • Pictured are booking photos for two women arrested in a massive gang crackdown in Orange County announced by the California Department of Justice on May 2, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    85 People Arrested or Have Warrants Out in Orange County Gang Crackdown

    Eighty-five people were either arrested or have warrants out for their arrest and dozens of guns were seized, along with 17 pounds of narcotics, in a massive gang crackdown in Orange County, the California Department of Justice announced Wednesday. An investigation spanning three months looked into the criminal activities of the Sureño criminal street gang subsets and their involvement with the Mexican Mafia, a news release from the Attorney General Xavier Becerra states. Among the seized items were 36 firearms, including assault weapons; […]

  • Visitors to Disneyland wait to cross Harbor Boulevard on the eastern side of the famed theme park in Anaheim. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

    Unions at Disneyland Say They Have Enough Signatures to Put Living Wage Ordinance on Anaheim Ballot

    A coalition of unions representing Disneyland workers say they have collected enough signatures to put a ballot measure before Anaheim voters that would require Walt Disney Co. to pay the resort workers a “living wage.” The coalition of 11 labor unions that have been pushing for higher wages at Disneyland Resort, which includes the California Adventure Park and nearby hotels, says it plans to present a petition with about 20,000 signatures to the Anaheim city clerk’s office Tuesday morning. If […]

  • People climb a section of border fence to look into the U.S. as members of a caravan of Central American asylum seekers arrive to a rally on April 29, 2018 in Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

    Central American Migrants Arrive at U.S. Border, Seek Asylum Amid Controversy

    After nearly a month of traveling by bus, train and on foot, about 100 migrants on a caravan from Central America arrived at the San Ysidro port of entry on the US-Mexico border on Sunday evening, preparing to claim asylum. And there they wait. Another 20 to 30 migrants spent the night inside an immigration processing center in Tijuana, Mexico. An organizer of the caravan vowed they would remain at the immigration processing center until “every last one” is admitted into the […]

  • O.C. Sheriff’s Deputies Honored for Response During Las Vegas Shooting in Medal of Valor Ceremony

    Two Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies were honored with the Medal of Valor for their response during the Las Vegas massacre. A ceremony was held for the deputies in Irvine on Friday. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on April 27, 2018.