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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 Dow dropped 1,175 points on Feb. 5, 2018. (Credit: CNN)

    Dow Plunges Nearly 1,200 Points, Largest Single-Day Point Decline in Its History

    It was the scariest day on Wall Street in years. Stocks went into free fall on Monday, and the Dow plunged almost 1,600 points — easily the biggest point decline in history during a trading day. Buyers charged back in and limited the damage, but at the closing bell the Dow was still down 1,175 points, by far its worst closing point decline on record. The drop amounted to 4.6% — the biggest decline since August 2011, during the European […]

  • Samuel Woodward, who has been charged with murder in the death of Blaze Bernstein, is seen during a court appearance on Jan. 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suspect in Slaying of 19-Year-Old Blaze Bernstein Pleads Not Guilty

    The former classmate suspected of killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein, whose body was found in a shallow grave in Borrego Park, has pleaded not guilty in connection with the homicide. Samuel Lincoln Woodward, 20 was charged Jan. 17 with murder in the stabbing death of Bernstein, a pre-med student at the University of Pennsylvania who was visiting his parents in Lake Forest for winter break when he was killed. Woodward entered his plea during an arraignment on Friday. His bail was […]

  • Orange police released video of a person sought in a shooting on Jan. 29, 2018.

    Man Remains Hospitalized After Being Shot by Suspected Thief in Orange

    A man who was shot by a suspected thief in Orange earlier this week remains hospitalized, his friend told KTLA Thursday. The search for the shooter continues. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Feb. 1, 2018.

  • Brian Reichelt, left, is seen in a photo posted to his Facebook page on Feb. 12, 2017; Kimberly Watzman is seen in a photo posted to her Facebook page on March 12, 2013.

    3 Killed in Helicopter Crash Into Newport Beach Home ID’d; No Distress Call Made, NTSB Says

    The Orange County coroner’s office has released the names of the three victims who died when a helicopter crashed into a Newport Beach home, and federal investigators have said there were no distress call before the crash. The victims were: Joseph Anthony Tena, 60, of Newport Beach; Kimberly Lynne Watzman, 45, of Santa Monica; and Brian R. Reichelt, 56, of Hollywood, Florida. Watzman and Reichelt were both employed with The Standard chain of boutique hotels, which has locations in West Hollywood […]

  • 2 Men Suffer Heart Attacks at Ping Pong Tournament in Irvine

    Two men suffered heart attacks within 90 minutes of each other at a ping pong tournament in Irvine over the weekend, and both survived after being treated by the same paramedics and doctor. Chip Yost reports from Irvine for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Jan. 30, 2018.

  • The helicopter hit a home when it crashed in Newport Beach on Jan. 30, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    3 Dead After Helicopter Crashes Into Newport Beach Home

    Three people were killed after a helicopter crashed into Newport Beach home on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Five people were involved in the crash — four in the helicopter and one bystander on the ground, Newport Beach police said. It wasn’t immediately clear if the three people killed were all aboard the helicopter or if the fatalities include the bystander. The four-seat Robinson 44 helicopter crashed into the home at the corner of Shearwater Place and Egret Court around 1:45 […]

  • Armored police vehicles surround a car after chase ends in a standoff in Santa Ana on Jan. 29, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    CHP Pursuit Ends in Standoff With Female Driver of Corvette, Causing Rush-Hour Backup in Santa Ana

    A pursuit ended in a standoff between the female driver of a blue Corvette and authorities in Santa Ana early Monday evening, causing a traffic backup during rush hour. The chase began after a driver failed to yield to the California Highway Patrol on the 55 Freeway near Chapman Avenue in Orange, according to a CHP spokesman. The pursuit came to a halt at Edinger Avenue and Auto Mall Drive, shortly after the Corvette struck a vehicle driven by an […]

  • Orange police released video of a person sought in a shooting on Jan. 29, 2018.

    Orange Police Look for Shooter of Man Who Confronted Thief in His Vehicle

    Police are looking for a shooter who left an Orange man injured after the man confronted the shooter for rifling through his vehicle before dawn Monday. The incident began when the victim went outside his home in the 2500 block of North Skytop Court about 4 a.m. and noticed someone stealing items from his vehicle, the Orange Police Department stated in a news release. He then went after the thief, who ran about two blocks away to the area of […]

  • Scammers Attempt to Steal Funds After Hacking O.C. Real Estate Agent’s Email

    An Orange County woman is speaking out after cyber scammers successfully infiltrated her real estate agent’s email account, allowing them to pose as an escrow company in an attempt to steal more than a million dollars from her. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Jan. 5, 2018.