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
  • Fifty years after servicemen headed from Orange County to Vietnam were killed in a crash, they were remembered at a memorial on June 27, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Servicemen Killed in O.C. Crash En Route to Vietnam Remembered 50 Years Later

    Fifty years ago, 84 U.S. servicemen boarded an Air Force jet near Irvine bound for war-torn Vietnam, prepared to defend their country. But the men never received their marching orders. Shortly after the C-135 aircraft took off at El Toro Marine Air Station on June 25, 1965, it slammed into nearby Loma Ridge. The downed jet erupted in flames, spewing bodies and parts of bodies over the grassy hilltop across a mile-wide radius. All 72 Marines aboard and the 12-man […]

  • Thousands celebrated Independence Day a week early on June 27, 2015, in Santa Monica. (Credit: KTLA)

    Some 11,000 Spectators Celebrate July 4th Early in Santa Monica

    Some 11,000 people celebrated Independence Day a week early, gathering and watching fireworks in Santa Monica on Saturday. Dave Mecham reports from Santa Monica for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

  • Police were investigating the fatal shooting of a man in a Baskin-Robbins parking lot on June 26, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Found Shot to Death in Parking Lot of Baskin-Robbins in Gardena

    Police in Gardena were investigating the death of a man found fatally shot in the parking lot of a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop on Friday afternoon. Officers were first alerted to the shooting around 1:23 p.m. by a 911 call reporting shots fired in the area of  West 135th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard, according to Lt. Vince Osorio with the Gardena Police Department. When officers arrived, they discovered the body of an adult black man in the driver’s seat of […]

  • A firefighter from the U.S. Forest Service monitors flare-ups along the Santa Ana River Trail while battling the 15,000-acre Lake fire in the San Bernardino National Forest. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

    Lake Fire Near Big Bear Spreads to 27 Square Miles; Cost of Firefight Reaches $6.8 Million

    Nearly 2,000 firefighters and support personnel have been deployed to the San Bernardino National Forest, where a massive wildfire has burned more than 27 square miles in a area south of Big Bear, authorities said Monday. The estimated cost of battling the blaze, has reached $6.8 million, according to a multiagency new release. The Lake Fire was 24 percent contained, the San Bernardino National Forest stated on Twitter about 6 p.m. Crews were cutting down trees in Barton Flats and along Highway […]

  • Authorities were investigating an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a man on June 21, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Azusa Police Fatally Shot Man After Receiving Report of Attempted Break-In, Bizarre Behavior

    Authorities were investigating a chain of events that ended with a man being fatally shot by Azusa police on Sunday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Shortly before 1 p.m., officers from the Azusa Police Department responded to the 500 block of East Lee Drive after receiving a report that a person with unknown injuries was acting in a bizarre manner, a news release from the Sheriff’s Department stated. The caller indicated the person was trying to […]

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    Father’s Day, First Day of Summer Celebrated in SoCal

    It was a beautiful day to celebrate dads. Not only was Sunday Father’s Day, it also marked the first day of summer. Many took the opportunity to spend the day outside in Southern California. Dave Mecham reports from downtown L.A. for the KTLA 5 News at 6 p.m. on June 21, 2015.

  • Raymond William Henry II, 57, of Laguna Niguel, is seen in a booking photo. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

    Trabuco Hills High School Coach Arrested on Suspicion of Possessing Child Pornography

    A track and field coach at Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography after several graphic photos were discovered on an iPad, authorities said. Raymond William Henry II, 57, was taken into custody on Friday and was being held on $20,000 bail, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The arrest was the result of an investigation that began Thursday when a person reported finding an iPad inside a […]

  • A clerk was injured during an armed robbery at a Big Lots in South L.A. on June 16, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Armed Robber Fires on Clerk at South L.A. Big Lots Store Multiple Times, Grabs Cash: LAPD

    A 42-year-old female clerk at a South Los Angeles Big Lots store was shot during an armed robbery that occurred during a brief struggle with the gunman Tuesday afternoon, police said. The robbery took place about 2 p.m. at the store at West Slauson and Western avenues, in the Harvard Park neighborhood, police said. A black man between 40 and 50 years old pulled out a firearm after milling about the store for a few minutes, then approached a cashier from behind, proceeding to […]

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    Thieves Posing As Utility Workers Target 93-Year-Old West Covina Veteran; Suspects Sought

    A pair of thieves posed as utility workers in order to steal a safe containing a lifetime of memories and keepsakes from a 93-year-old veteran in West Covina. Dave Mecham reports from West Covina for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Monday, June 15, 2015.