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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
  • Surveillance footage from a camera at a home in Rancho Cucamonga shows an arsonist pouring fuel in an effort to light the home on fire on Dec. 14, 2017. (Credit: Rancho Cucamonga Police Department)

    Police Search for Arsonist Who Twice Attempted To Set Rancho Cucamonga Home On Fire

    Police are looking for a woman who was captured on surveillance footage early Thursday morning twice trying to burn down a family’s Rancho Cucamonga home just feet from where residents slept. The incident occurred just after midnight in the 10500 block of Lemon Avenue, according to San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Jodi Miller. Authorities released surveillance video showing the arsonist approach the home with a gas canister. She takes her time pouring fuel on multiple areas of the home and throws […]

  • Glendale Police Seek 2 Men Involved in Attempted Bank Robberies

    Authorities were asking the public’s help on Thursday in identifying two men involved in the attempted robberies of two banks in Glendale. The men who tried to rob the banks on Nov. 20 are believed to be the same ones responsible for bank robberies in Sherman Oaks and Los Banos in Merced County in early November, according to a statement from the Glendale Police Department. One of the men entered the Citibank at 1201 N. Central Ave. in Glendale at […]

  • Glendale Firefighters Warn of Flammability Danger of Dry Christmas Trees

    The Glendale Fire Department is urging residents to avoid hazards created by holiday decorations, gifts and even the Christmas tree — which can easily erupt into flames if not properly tended. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Dec. 13, 2017. Yes, it's time for morning #coffee – and to add fresh water to the reservoir stand of your natural #ChristmasTree — LAFD Talk (@LAFDtalk) December 13, 2017

  • Holiday Decorations Stolen From Multiple Homes in SoCal

    It’s the season for holiday cheer, but not everyone is feeling jolly. From Chino to Pasadena, residents have reported recent thefts of their decorations from outside their homes, including some incidents that were caught on camera. Dave Mecham reports from Chino for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Dec. 11, 2017. Correction: A graphic on this video gives the wrong spelling for one of the homeowners victimized by theft. Her name is Ji Conn.  

  • A Bonsall neighborhood is seen after being charred in the Lilac Fire on Dec. 8, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Some Evacuation Orders Lifted in 4,100-Acre Lilac Fire in San Diego County; Containment at 15%

    Some evacuation orders were lifted Friday evening in the Lilac Fire as containment of the 4,100-acre blaze burning in San Diego County rose to 15 percent. The blaze has destroyed at least 105 structures since breaking out Thursday morning in the Bonsall area, between Carlsbad and Temecula, according to Cal Fire. About 1,500 structures remained threatened. On Friday, crews were working to stop forward progress of the flames that were covering an area east of Oceanside, north of Vista and […]

  • The Skirball Fire flares in Bel-Air on Dec. 6, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    450-Acre Skirball Fire Burns Homes in Bel-Air Area, Prompts Evacuations Affecting 46,000 People

    This is a developing wildfire story. Please check KTLA.com frequently for updates. A brush fire that erupted near the Getty Center early Wednesday morning burned at least four homes, prompted mandatory evacuation orders in some of Los Angeles’ most affluent neighborhoods, and temporarily shut down a major portion of the busy 405 Freeway. The Skirball Fire started near the 405 Freeway and Mulholland Drive just before 5 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. By 10 p.m., the fire […]

  • A car crashed into a building in Brentwood on Dec. 3, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Driver Injured After Car Crashes Into Building in Mid-Wilshire Area

    A driver was hospitalized after crashed a car into a building in the Mid-Wilshire area early Sunday, officials said. The incident was reported about 3:35 a.m. near the intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and Ogden Drive, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The driver suffered minor injuries, LAPD officials said. Ricardo Parral, co-owner of the bungalow-style 4-plex said he thought there was an earthquake when the car slammed into the building. He didn’t realize it was a crash until a […]

  • Project Angel Food Delivers 11 Millionth Meal in West Hollywood

    Project Angel Food, a nonprofit that delivers meals to those struggling with illness, celebrated Giving Tuesday by handing out their 11 millionth meal. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Nov. 28, 2017.

  • State Sen. Tony Mendoza Booted From Leadership Roles Pending Sexual Harassment Investigation

    The Senate Rules Committee voted Monday to strip state Sen. Tony Mendoza of his leadership positions, including chairmanship of the banking committee, pending the outcome of an investigation into sexual harassment allegations by three women against the Democratic lawmaker from Artesia. Holding an emergency meeting before the Senate resumes regular session in January, the bipartisan, five-member Rules Committee voted without comment to suspend Mendoza as chairman of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and as a member of the […]