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
  • A research biologist with NOAA takes samples from a dead whale that washed up in Orange County near Lower Trestles along San Onofre State Beach. (Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times)

    Dead Whale Carcass Continues to Attract Curiosity Seekers at Beach Near San Clemente

    A dead whale on Tuesday continued to attract curiosity seekers to Trestles, a popular surfing destination near the Orange County-San Diego County line, one day after the massive mammal washed ashore. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 p.m. on April 26, 2016.

  • A KFC sign was destroyed amid high winds at the restaurant location at 4528 Atlantic Ave. in Long Beach on April 25, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Spring Storm Brings Dangerous Winds, Rain and Hail to SoCal

    A volatile spring storm brought damaging winds, hail and scattered showers to Southern California Monday. Wind gusts were especially strong in the high desert and along the coast. In Long Beach, the wind proved to be too much for a sign outside a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Atlantic Avenue. Powerful gusts were also blamed for ripping off a canopy from outside a car wash in Valencia and blowing it across a parking lot. Surveillance video showed the canopy blowing […]

  • The site of a controversial basketball court planned for Runyon Canyon Park is seen on April 19, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Lawsuit Filed Over Controversial Plan for Runyon Canyon Park Basketball Court

    Neighbors of Runyon Canyon Park filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court this week, seeking to halt construction of a basketball court at the popular recreation area. The suit was brought by several individuals who live near the park and a newly formed “unincorporated association” calling itself Citizens Preserving Runyon. It makes numerous arguments that the project should be stopped — including that “affected neighbors and residents” were not given due process in the decision to approve the […]

  • Actress Doris Roberts poses during the ceremony honoring her on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Feb. 10, 2003, in Los Angeles. (Credit: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

    Actress Doris Roberts of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Dies at Age 90

    Veteran actress Doris Roberts has died at age 90, The Wrap and other entertainment sites were reporting Monday. Perhaps best known for her role as Marie Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Roberts earned five Emmy Awards. A representative for the actress confirmed Roberts’ death to Hollywood entertainment news website The Wrap. She died at home in Los Angeles on Sunday, according to TMZ, which first reported the news. Her son told Deadline.com that she died in her sleep. Roberts was a Broadway actress before […]

  • A sketch of a man sought in a series of attacks along a popular jogging trail in South L.A. was released by LAPD on March 16, 2016.

    Transient Arrested in Series of Sexual Assaults in South L.A. Wetlands Park: LAPD

    A 35-year-old transient has been arrested in a series of sexual assaults at a park in South Los Angeles, police said Monday. Secundino Rodriguez was arrested in the Wetlands Park, at 54th Street and Avalon Boulevard, after an area resident recognized him as resembling a sketch released by LAPD last month. The resident called 911 and officers quickly took Rodriguez into custody, Los Angeles Police Department officials announced at a news conference Monday. “No doubt … when he was apprehended, […]

  • Smoke rises above a massive fire at recycling yard in Sun Valley on April 17, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    More Than 150 Firefighters Extinguish Massive Blaze at Recycling Yard in Sun Valley

    Firefighters on Sunday evening extinguished a “major emergency fire” that had raged for more than two hours at a recycling yard in Sun Valley, burning several stacks of junked vehicles but leaving nearby structures unscathed, according to officials. More than 150 firefighters began responding shortly before 4 p.m. to the facility in the 9100 block of North Tujunga Avenue, where the fire was being fanned by 5-10 mph winds, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement. No one was injured, according […]

  • Heavy damage is seen in the coastal city of Esmeraldas, Ecuador, after a magnitude-7.8 struck on April 16, 2016. (Credit: Iván Triviño/via CNN)

    At Least 41 Dead After Magnitude-7.8 Earthquake Strikes Along Ecuador’s Coast

    A major earthquake hit Ecuador’s central coast, killing at least 41 people as it buckled homes and knocked out power hundreds of miles away, authorities said. The magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Saturday night, Vice President Jorge Glas said in a televised address. The number of injured was not available, he said, but the death toll is expected to go up as more information comes in. A state of emergency is in effect for six provinces, but Glas urged those who left […]

  • The Sport Chalet at the Figueroa and 7th Street shopping center in downtown Los Angeles posts ski conditions outside during the season. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

    Sport Chalet Is Closing All Stores, Has Stopped Online Sales, Retailer Announces

    Sport Chalet announced on Saturday it has stopped online sales and is in the process of closing all of its locations, including dozens of stores in California, the retailer announced in a statement posted online. All Sport Chalet stores will remain open for “several weeks,” offering customers the opportunity to use their remaining rewards and gift cards, the company said. A final closing date was not immediately provided. It also sent out an email to Sport Chalet customers, informing them of […]

  • Torrance police officers point their weapons at the occupants of a vehicle after a pursuit on April 10, 2016. (Credit: SHP)

    T-Mobile Store Robbers Foiled After Tracking Device in Cellphone Reveals Their Location: Torrance Police

    Four people were taken into custody early Sunday evening after they robbed a T-Mobile store in Torrance and led police on a brief vehicle pursuit, officials said. The “takeover robbery” was reported shortly before 6 p.m. in the 4100 block of Pacific Coast Highway, said Lt. Brian O’Steen of the Torrance Police Department. The four suspects, who were armed with handguns, took a “large” number of iPads and cellphones — one of which was equipped with a tracking device, according to […]