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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
  • Isaias De Jesus Valencia, suspected of killing a Pomona police officer, is taken into custody following a lengthy standoff with police on March 10, 2018; and Officer Gregg Casillas is seen in an undated photo. (Credit: Irfan Kahn/Los Angeles Times, left; Pomona Police Department, right)

    Officials ID Man Accused of Killing Pomona Police Officer, Injuring Another Amid Hours-Long Standoff

    A man who allegedly shot and killed a Pomona police officer and injured another has been taken into custody following an 15-hour standoff with authorities Saturday. Isaias De Jesus Valencia, 39, is suspected of killing Greggory Casillas, 30, who had been with the department since 2014 and leaves behind a wife and two small children, officials said. Los Angeles County coroner’s officials had originally given a different spelling of the officer’s first name. Valencia was expected to be charged with murdering […]

  • Construction on Kagel Canyon Home Leads to ‘Nuts’ Discovery Hidden in the Walls, Homeowner Says

    When Janeece Flint began the process of remodeling her recently purchased Kagel Canyon home, she could never have imagined the bizarre discovery workers would stumble upon during construction. Earlier this week, roofers were starting a project on the two-story house when one of them pulled back the old shingles on the structure. Suddenly, a massive amount of apparent nuts came pouring out, according to the homeowner. That was only the beginning, she said. “We poked a little hole in there […]

  • Firefighters respond to an apartment building in Koreatown where one person was found dead and three others had become ill. (Credit: KTLA)

    At Least 1 Dead, 3 Others Fall Ill From Possible Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Koreatown Apartment Building: LAFD

    Carbon monoxide was confirmed to be present in an apartment building in Koreatown where one person was found dead and at least three others had fallen ill on Thursday, officials said. It was the second death in recent days at the apartment building, located at 920 S. Hobart Blvd., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The four-story, 48-unit building was fully evacuated after officials responded around 5:45 p.m. Authorities were first called to the scene after one resident complained […]

  • This undated photo shows the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    Playboy Mansion Owner Announces Plan to Restore Holmby Hills Property to ‘Original Grandeur’

    Hugh Hefner may have died, but the Gothic-Tudor facade of his famous Playboy Mansion will live on, thanks to a recent agreement between its new owner and the city of Los Angeles. According to the agreement, which one official described as a permanent protection covenant, mansion owner Daren Metropoulos has informed officials that he has no plans to demolish the 14,000-square-foot main residence and will restore the house and facade to “its original grandeur.” Metropoulos signed the agreement with 5th […]

  • Skiers Enjoy Snow at Big Bear; Officials Urge Drivers to Take Precautions

    Resort officials reported 1 to 3 inches of snowfall at Big Bear overnight, and skiers took advantage. Meanwhile, Caltrans encouraged drivers to bring chains. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on March 4, 2018. Something for your Sunday • We got 1-3 inches of fresh snow over night • #SnowSummit • #SummitStyle • 📷: @pbnj_all_day pic.twitter.com/knm7cC2smH — Big Bear Mountain Resort (@BigBearMtResort) March 4, 2018 Bring chains. Tomorrow too! #Caltrans8 pic.twitter.com/tMh9is3qeB — Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) March […]

  • Officers are seen outside a 7-11 store in Santa Ana where a man was fatally shot by police on March 2, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Officers Fatally Shoot Man Wanted for Probation Violation at 7-11 Parking Lot in Santa Ana: Police

    Officers in Santa Ana late Friday fatally shot a man wanted for violating terms of his probation, authorities said. Garden Grove police said the 31-year-old man was wanted for a “no bail” warrant for violating terms of his post-release community supervision. Investigators told KTLA that officers followed the suspect for about 6 or 7 miles before approaching him in his vehicle at the parking lot of the 7-11 store on 1700 E. Dyer Road at around 11:30 p.m. An altercation […]

  • Mud flows cover a roadway in Burbank on Jan. 9, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Flash Flood Watch Issued for Residents in SoCal Burn Areas Ahead of Approaching Storm

    The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for residents near Southern California burn areas as a storm moved into the region Thursday. The watch will be in effect for the Thomas, Whittier, La Tuna and Creek fire burn areas from 9 p.m. Thursday through 9 a.m. Friday. Rainfall rates of half an inch per hour are possible, which could trigger dangerous mud and debris flows, according to the weather service. Forecasters say the heaviest rainfall is expected Thursday […]

  • LAPD officers respond to a home invasion in Sherman Oaks on Feb. 28, 2018. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    2 Injured During Sherman Oaks Home Invasion: LAPD

    Two people were injured during a home invasion in  Sherman Oaks Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police responded to a hospital about 6:10 a.m. for a person who was shot in the arm and was in stable condition, Officer Luis Garcia told KTLA. Officers then responded to the 15000 block of Valley Vista Boulevard where the home invasion had occurred. Investigators discovered that two males entered the home using a back sliding glass door and demanded […]

  • Alleged Serial Rapist Who Posed as Ride-Share Driver, Attacked Women in L.A. County Is Charged With 27 Felony Counts: DA

    A Santa Clarita man accused of posing as a ride-share driver and sexually assaulting multiple women over a period of 15 months in Los Angeles County has been charged with more than two dozen counts, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Nicolas Morales, 44, was described as an “alleged serial rapist” in a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. He is accused of raping and sexually assaulting seven women while posing as ride-sharing driver between October 2016 and January […]