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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
  • Oxnard police officials released this booking photo of Martin Reyes, accused of planting a chemical weapon at a Walmart, on July 21, 2016.

    Man Arrested After Allegedly Placing Chemical Weapon at Oxnard Walmart

    A 31-year-old man was arrested this week after he allegedly placed a chemical weapon inside an Oxnard Walmart last month, officials said. The incident occurred about 11:45 a.m. June 18 at a Walmart in the 2700 block of Saviers Road, Oxnard police said in a news release. Responding officers found the device and identified it as a “possible improvised chemical weapon.” The building was then evacuated and a hazardous material team rendered the device safe after six hours, officials said. Walmart […]

  • Two Cal State Fullerton students were stabbed in an alleyway on Aug. 21, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Cal State Fullerton Students Stabbed on Fraternity Row; Attackers Sought

    Two Cal State Fullerton students were stabbed near the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity house on Sunday morning, according to the university’s police department. The students were stabbed during an altercation with two possible attackers in an alley near 2117 Teri Place, close to the north side of campus, a news release from Cal State Fullerton University Police stated. The victims, both identified only as male students, were believed to be in their late teens or early 20s, said university police Capt. Williams. The […]

  • A sign for L.A. Rams game parking is seen on Aug. 20, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Los Angeles Rams Fans Shell Out Big Bucks for Parking at Preseason Game

    At parking spots around the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, operators charged $50, $80 and even $100 to park for the Los Angeles Rams preseason game on Saturday. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 p.m. on Aug. 20, 2016.

  • Destroyed cars smolder after the Blue Cut Fire burned a small community near Wrightwood, on Aug. 17, 2016. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

    Devastating Blue Cut Fire Destroys 96 Homes, Burns About 58 Square Miles

    The devastating Blue Cut Fire that has destroyed 96 homes and scorched nearly 58 square miles, or 37,000 acres, in San Bernardino County, authorities said Friday, the fourth day of the blaze. Fire officials had previously said “a lot” of homes were destroyed by the blaze, which began in the Cajon Pass about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. At a Friday morning news conference, county Fire Department Chief Mark Hartwig announced that 96 single-family homes had been destroyed. Three others had significant damage, he said. […]

  • Russell Harris is shown in a photo displayed at an LAPD news conference on Aug. 18, 2016.

    Man Charged in ‘Hot Prowls’ Was in Custody in Pasadena Incident When Tipster ID’d Him: LAPD

    A 34-year-old man with a long criminal record has been identified as the suspect in a string of “hot prowl” burglaries and two attempted sexual assaults in various neighborhoods across Los Angeles, police said Thursday. Russell Malcolm Harris was already in jail when police got a tip from a woman who knows him that he was the individual being shown in surveillance video released earlier this month, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Joe Losorelli said. Harris was arrested Aug. 9 […]

  • Firefighters keep watch on the Blue Cut fire as it roars on a hillside above Sheep Canyon Road on Wednesday in Lytle Creek on Aug. 17, 2016. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

    Blue Cut Fire: Full List of Mandatory Evacuations, Road and School Closures

    A destructive wildfire in San Bernardino County exploded in size overnight to 25,600 acres as it continued to burn out of control Wednesday. The Blue Cut Fire remained 4 percent contained, and federal officials described the threat to public safety, rail traffic and structures in the Cajon Pass, Lytle Creek, Wrightwood, Oak Hills and surrounding areas as “imminent.” Click here for the latest information on the Blue Cut Fire. Nearly 35,000 homes are under evacuation orders, impacting more than 82,000 residents, […]

  • Adult female mosquitoes to be used in Zika virus research are seen under a microscope at the Sun Yat-Sen University-Michigan University Joint Center of Vector Control for Tropical Disease on June 21, 2016, in Guangzhou, China. (Credit: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

    Second Type of Mosquito That Carries Zika Virus Discovered in Mission Viejo

    A second type of mosquito that carries the Zika virus has been discovered in Mission Viejo, according to a Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District official. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Aug. 14, 2016.

  • Patrick Freeman, 26, is pictured in his beach wheelchair that was stolen on Aug. 3, 2016. (Credit: Mike Freeman

    Claremont Family Raises Awareness for Disability Beach Access After Specialty Wheelchair Stolen

    A Claremont family is hoping the recent theft of their disabled son`s specialty beach wheelchair while help bring awareness and access to other disabled Californians. Patrick Freeman’s specialty wheelchair, which allowed him access to the beach and water, was stolen on Aug. 4 while he attended a sports camp in Seal Beach for people with disabilities. “It’s something that I never knew, never thought about until we were in this world of disability,” said Cheri Freeman, Patrick’s mother. “That it’s hard, […]

  • A Los Angeles Rams flag is seen at a tailgate on Aug. 13, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Rams Go Big in Their Preseason Opener at the Coliseum

    Imagine if the NFL season started with the Super Bowl. In a sense, that’s how Saturday night’s exhibition game between the Rams and Dallas Cowboys will feel, with the Coliseum filled to near capacity, ready to witness the first NFL snap in Los Angeles in 7,903 days. “It will be an event,” said ESPN color analyst Jon Gruden, who will be in the booth with new Monday Night Football play-by-play man Sean McDonough. “This will be one of those ticket […]