Dave Mecham
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Dave Mecham's love of Los Angeles is a big piece of what he enjoys about the job. That's why you'll see him subtly building-in the backdrop as its own "character" in many reports.

Before arriving at KTLA in 2009, Dave reported for L.A.'s KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV, along with stops in Nevada, Florida and small-town Tennessee. Other chapters included E! Entertainment Television's distribution and marketing department. Dave was also a writer/producer for Leeza Gibbons and Robin Leach. NBC's "Saved by the Bell" was another stop, so was working under former SNL actress/comedian Julia Sweeney.

Dave grew up in Spokane, Wash., with short stops in Honolulu and Barbados. He studied at the University of Washington in Seattle; UC Santa Barbara; Cal State Northridge; and the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Dave lives in a restored 1920's bungalow in L.A.'s Silver Lake neighborhood and enjoys watching the nearby renaissance across downtown L.A. He's a member of the Los Angeles Conservancy, an organization that advocates for the preservation of historic places.

Recent Articles
  • American journalist James Foley is pictured in Aleppo, Syria in July 2012. (Credit: Nicole Tung, Free James Foley Facebook)

    James Foley’s Family Releases Letter He Wrote in Captivity

    A recently published letter by American journalist James Foley, who was executed on video, depicts his year and a half in captivity and longing to see his sister get married and grandmother dance again. Foley was unable to communicate with friends and family while being held captive, so he asked a fellow hostage who was being released to commit a letter to memory, his family stated on Facebook Sunday, along with the letter. In the letter, Foley recalls “weak and strong […]

  • A home was on fire following a major earthquake that was centered near Napa on Aug. 24, 2014. (Credit: KGO)

    Napa Rocked by Magnitude-6.0 Earthquake; State of Emergency Declared

    A state of emergency was declared in Napa following an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 that shook the Bay Area early Sunday and left as many as 200 people people injured, structures and roadways damaged, and many without power. The large temblor, which struck about 3:20 a.m., was centered about 6 miles southwest of Napa, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It hit at a depth of about 7 miles and lasted between 10 to 20 seconds. The quake was […]

  • Music producer Suge Knight, seen in this file photo, was among three people who were shot at a West Hollywood nightclub on Aug. 24, 2014. (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for LMVH)

    Suge Knight Among 3 Injured in West Hollywood Nightclub Shooting

    Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was among three people who were shot and wounded at a West Hollywood nightclub early Sunday, authorities said. The shooting occurred in the 9000 block of Sunset Boulevard around 1:30 a.m., according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Two men and a woman were injured in the incident, which occurred during a celebrity-filled party hosted by Chris Brown, according to the Sheriff’s Department and CNN. Knight, the founder of Death […]

  • Street racing was suspected in a car crash that left two people dead and three others injured, according to LAPD. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 College of the Canyons Football Players Killed in Sylmar Crash; 3 Injured

    Speed was a factor in a multi-vehicle collision in Sylmar that killed two College of the Canyons football players and critically injured another, officials said. A woman and her 11-year-old daughter suffered minor injuries. The college’s chancellor and the Los Angeles County coroner’s office identified the deceased men as Alexander Manu, 18, of Reseda, and Isaiah Hastings, 19, of Lancaster. A third student-athlete, 18-year-old Eldridge Salguero of Van Nuys, remained hospitalized Saturday afternoon. “We’re just devastated,” head football coach Ted […]

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    SoCal Beachgoers Warned of High Surf, Dangerous Rip Currents This Weekend

    High surf and “strong” rip currents were expected to continue along the Southern California coast on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. The large swells were due to a tropical storm that was about 850 miles south-southwest of Los Angeles, the weather service reported. Waves of up 5 to 7 feet, with maximum breakers of 9 feet, were expected to hit south-facing beaches through early Sunday afternoon, according to forecasters. The advisory was scheduled to expire at 5 p.m. […]

  • Facebook photos of Sheldon Martin provided by a friend of the family.

    Chaffey College Football Player Killed in Shooting on 60 Freeway

    Grief counselors were on hand for Monday’s first day of school at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga after a freshman football player was shot and killed over the weekend. The shooting took place on the 60 Freeway, just east of Valley Way, in Jurupa Valley (map) at about 11:10 p.m. on Saturday when someone fired into a vehicle with five people inside, according to a news release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. One person struck by the gunfire was […]

  • Lavell Ford joined an estimated 200 activists who marched downtown on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, to protest the fatal police shooting of his brother, Ezell Ford. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    Hundreds Rally in Downtown to Protest LAPD Shooting of Ezell Ford

    A large but peaceful protest was held outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on Sunday afternoon over the recent fatal shooting of Ezell Ford. Ford, 25, was shot in the Florence neighborhood of South Los Angeles on Monday evening. Protesters who attended Sunday’s demonstration were demanding a full investigation into the deadly shooting. Family members and police have given different accounts as the events that transpired that night. Ford’s family said he was cooperating with police when he was shot, […]

  • Colossus was scheduled to close on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Season pass holders would get the chance to ride the roller coaster one last time on Sunday, however. (Credit: KTLA)

    As Magic Mountain’s ‘Colossus’ Is Set to Close, Protesters Try and Save It

    Thousands of thrill seekers came out to Six Flags Magic Mountain on Saturday to bid a fond farewell to Colossus and to ride the roller coaster once more before it was set to shut down for good this weekend after 36 years. “I rode it the second week it opened, on my birthday, and now I’m riding it for the last time,” said Lea Loponen, who was among those that braved long lines at the amusement park on Saturday for […]

  • A SigAlert was issued after a crash on the 60 Freeway caused lanes on both sides of the freeway to close on Aug. 14, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    5-Year-Old Girl Killed in 60 Freeway Crash ID’d; All Lanes Reopen

    All lanes had reopened early Thursday afternoon after a multivehicle crash shut down both directions of the 60 Freeway in South El Monte, leaving a 5-year-old girl dead and at least 13 others injured. Nine vehicles, including two big rigs and a tanker truck, were involved in a crash around 5:45 a.m. on the eastbound 60 Freeway near the Santa Anita Avenue off-ramp. Fourteen people were injured in the crash; four were critically injured and 10 sustained minor to moderate injuries, a California […]