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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.

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    TSA Officers Assigned to Work Presidential Campaign Events

    The airport isn’t the only place you’ll see TSA officers checking bags and doing pat downs. The Secret Service has been enlisting the help of Transportation Security Administration screeners to provide additional security at political events this campaign season. In the last few months, the TSA has received more requests for screeners at events for Donald Trump than any other candidate. But Trump also had more events than any other candidate. The TSA has provided screeners at 104 Trump events […]

  • Metro employees hold up a banner for a Metro Expo Line train on the grand opening in Santa Monica on May 20, 2016. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Long-Awaited Expo Line From L.A. to Santa Monica Opens; Rides Free Through Saturday

    Saturday is expected to draw the really big crowds on the Expo Line to the beach — though the free trains were plenty crowded on Friday. Just outside the downtown Santa Monica station, more than a dozen Breeze bike-share bikes also were free to use for further exploration. A pedicab with a sidecar waited across the street for passengers. Uber handed out cards offering $15 in free rides to new users. But most of those who poured off the first trains […]

  • Philip Policarpio is shown in photos provided by the FBI.

    Man Accused of Killing Pregnant Girlfriend in East Hollywood Added to FBI’s List of 10 Most Wanted Fugitives

    A “very dangerous fugitive” sought in connection with the killings of his 32-year-old girlfriend and her unborn child in East Hollywood last month has been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, authorities announced Thursday. Convicted felon Philip Policarpio, 39, is accused of shooting Lauren Olguin in the head at a residence in the 500 block of North Virgil Avenue about 6 a.m. April 12, a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department stated. Policarpio argued with Olguin, […]

  • A sign outside the Brentwood School is seen in an undated file photo. (Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times)

    Video Emerges Showing Students Singing Racially Charged Song; Elite Brentwood School Launches Investigation

    An elite Westside private school said Tuesday that it is investigating a video showing students singing the lyrics of a rap song containing profanity and offensive language about women and African Americans. The video emerged on YouTube this week as part of a campaign on change.org demanding that the Brentwood School deal with the video and what organizers said are other racial issues on campus. It’s unclear when the video was recorded. In a statement, the school described the lyrics […]

  • The block in Carson where a young man was killed is shown on May 17, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man, 21, Fatally Shot on Sidewalk in Front of Carson Home; Motive Unknown

    A young man was fatally shot and left lying on a sidewalk in Carson, and investigators don’t know why he was targeted. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called the a report of a shooting at 7:45 p.m. Monday in the 1600 block of East Gladwick Avenue, according to a news release. They found the victim lying on the sidewalk in front of a home. Paramedics responded, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was identified […]

  • Cyclist riding from South Pasadena to Santa Clarita are seen from Sky5 on May 16, 2016.

    Cyclist Ride from South Pasadena to Santa Clarita During Local Leg of Amgen Tour

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  • Hordes of tuna crabs were seen on Newport Beach's Balboa Peninsula on May 14, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Hordes of Tuna Crabs Wash Ashore Along Orange County Coastline

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  • Alfonso Gonzales became the oldest USC graduate when he received a degree in Zoology on May 13, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    96-Year-Old WWII Veteran Becomes Oldest USC Graduate

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  • Danny Trejo spoke out at a community meeting held on May 11, 2016, to discuss a massive brawl earlier in the week at Sylmar High School. (Credit: KTLA)

    Danny Trejo Speaks Out After Sylmar High School Brawl: ‘We Have Kids That Aren’t Safe’

    Actor Danny Trejo was among those who spoke out at a community meeting Wednesday night that was held days after a caught-on-video lunchtime brawl that involved dozens of students at Sylmar High School. Trejo, a San Fernando resident, confronted school officials at the charged meeting, accusing them of not listening to students. “You are so wrapped up in whatever you do, that you’re not listening to them,” the “Machete” star said as students, parents and guardians erupted in cheers. The actor […]