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
  • Former President Bill Clinton is flanked by producer Quincy Jones, left, and musician Herbie Hancock, right, at an event in Hollywood that showcased aspiring jazz musicians on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Bill Clinton in L.A.: Former President Attends Events Highlighting Financial Literacy, Jazz

    Former President Bill Clinton attended a financial literacy event at USC on Sunday before moving on to an awards show in Hollywood for aspiring jazz musicians. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 9 on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.

  • Two shooting victims drove to an apartment's driveway in downtown L.A. after the incident for unknown reasons. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Dies, Man Injured After Shooting in South L.A.

    Investigators were searching for a gunman who shot two people in the Vermont Square neighborhood of South L.A. early Saturday morning, killing one woman, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials. A man and woman were shot while sitting in a Sedan near East 14th Street and South Alameda Street (map) just before 2 a.m., Detective Louie Calzadillas with LAPD’s Newton division said. The injured male driver then drove to West 43rd Street and South Hoover Street in downtown L.A. […]

  • Palm Desert resident Vernon Maynard celebrates 101st birthday by skydiving. (Credit: KTLA)

    Palm Desert Man Celebrates 101st Birthday by Skydiving

    After taking the plunge for for the first time to celebrate his 100th birthday, Palm Desert resident Vernon Maynard returned to the skies Tuesday for his second skydive in honor of his 101st birthday. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

  • Surveillance footage provided by homeowner Scott Farser showed a woman stealing a package from his Lakewood home's front porch on Oct. 22, 2014.

    Surveillance Video Captures Woman Stealing Package Off Lakewood Home’s Porch

    Surveillance footage recently captured video of a woman stealing a present from a man’s soon-to-be-married daughter off his Lakewood home’s front porch. Video provided by homeowner Scott Farser showed a FedEx worker delivering a package the night of Oct. 21 to a home in the 3200 block of Centralia Street (map), then a woman taking the package around 12:15 p.m. the following day. The woman, who appeared to have a tattoo on her right shoulder, parked a blue older-model car in […]

  • David Martinez appears in a courtroom at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Oct. 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suspected Mongols Motorcycle Gang Member Charged With Murder in SWAT Officer’s Death

    A 36-year-old suspected motorcycle gang member was charged Thursday with capital murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a Pomona SWAT officer. David Martinez of San Gabriel appeared in court in downtown Los Angeles Thursday, when his arraignment was postponed to Nov. 13. He is accused of killing Officer Shaun Diamond, a 19-year law enforcement veteran. Martinez allegedly fired on Diamond as the officer entered a home in San Gabriel about 4 a.m. Tuesday. Diamond, 45, died at a Pasadena hospital Wednesday. Diamond was the […]

  • Photography Program in Pacoima Helps At-Risk Kids

    A Pacoima program is helping keep at-risk kids away from crime through photography. Dave Mecham reports from Santa Monica for KTLA 5 News on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.

  • Amanda Arreola, who has helped countless dogs find homes, is now asking for the public's help in locating her own dog, named Papi, who has gone missing. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Arreola)

    South L.A. Pet Advocate Seeks Help in Finding Her Missing Dog

    A woman who has helped countless dogs find homes is now asking for the public’s help in locating her own dog, which has gone missing. A Facebook page has been established to help find the dog named “Papi.” Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.

  • A shooting was reported at a clothing store in San Clemente on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, authorities said. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

    Man, Woman Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide at San Clemente Boutique

    A man and woman were found dead Saturday afternoon inside a high-end boutique in downtown San Clemente after reports of a shooting, authorities said. A preliminary investigation indicated the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release. A handgun was recovered at the scene. No one was being sought in connection with the incident, which occurred at Bliss Boutique, in the 100 block of Avenida Del Mar (map), said sheriff’s Lt. Jeff […]

  • File photo of a sign at CSUN. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Shocking and Disappointing’ Hazing Incident Prompts Pledge Ban at CSUN

    Several months after a CSUN 19-year-old fraternity pledge died during a hike in the Angeles National Forest, the university has banned Greek pledge activities, citing a new incident of “possible hazing.” The ban was first reported in the student newspaper on Thursday and detailed in an announcement from Dean of Students William Watkins posted Friday. The new instance of alleged hazing involved Pi Kappa Alpha, according to Watkins, who called it “shocking and disappointing.” No details about the incident were provided […]