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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
  • David Martinez appears in a courtroom at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Oct. 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suspected Mongols Motorcycle Gang Member Charged With Murder in SWAT Officer’s Death

    A 36-year-old suspected motorcycle gang member was charged Thursday with capital murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a Pomona SWAT officer. David Martinez of San Gabriel appeared in court in downtown Los Angeles Thursday, when his arraignment was postponed to Nov. 13. He is accused of killing Officer Shaun Diamond, a 19-year law enforcement veteran. Martinez allegedly fired on Diamond as the officer entered a home in San Gabriel about 4 a.m. Tuesday. Diamond, 45, died at a Pasadena hospital Wednesday. Diamond was the […]

  • Photography Program in Pacoima Helps At-Risk Kids

    A Pacoima program is helping keep at-risk kids away from crime through photography. Dave Mecham reports from Santa Monica for KTLA 5 News on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.

  • Amanda Arreola, who has helped countless dogs find homes, is now asking for the public's help in locating her own dog, named Papi, who has gone missing. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Arreola)

    South L.A. Pet Advocate Seeks Help in Finding Her Missing Dog

    A woman who has helped countless dogs find homes is now asking for the public’s help in locating her own dog, which has gone missing. A Facebook page has been established to help find the dog named “Papi.” Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.

  • A shooting was reported at a clothing store in San Clemente on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, authorities said. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

    Man, Woman Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide at San Clemente Boutique

    A man and woman were found dead Saturday afternoon inside a high-end boutique in downtown San Clemente after reports of a shooting, authorities said. A preliminary investigation indicated the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release. A handgun was recovered at the scene. No one was being sought in connection with the incident, which occurred at Bliss Boutique, in the 100 block of Avenida Del Mar (map), said sheriff’s Lt. Jeff […]

  • File photo of a sign at CSUN. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Shocking and Disappointing’ Hazing Incident Prompts Pledge Ban at CSUN

    Several months after a CSUN 19-year-old fraternity pledge died during a hike in the Angeles National Forest, the university has banned Greek pledge activities, citing a new incident of “possible hazing.” The ban was first reported in the student newspaper on Thursday and detailed in an announcement from Dean of Students William Watkins posted Friday. The new instance of alleged hazing involved Pi Kappa Alpha, according to Watkins, who called it “shocking and disappointing.” No details about the incident were provided […]

  • An image of the partial solar eclipse on Oct. 23, 2014, was broadcast from the Griffith Observatory via NASA.

    Partial Solar Eclipse Creates Fingernail-Like Sun

    Maybe your mother told you it’s not polite to stare. It’s not safe either, NASA said, advising those looking at Thursday’s partial solar eclipse. “Don’t stare,” NASA said. “Even at maximum eclipse, a sliver of sun peeking out from behind the Moon can still cause pain and eye damage. Direct viewing should only be attempted with the aid of a safe solar filter.” The show reached its height at 5:45 p.m. ET, NASA says, meaning the Eastern half of the […]

  • Three of four mountain lions caught on camera Oct. 17, 2014, in Big Dalton Canyon above Glendora are shown in a video still. (Credit: Robert Martinez)

    Family of 4 Mountain Lions Caught on Video in Mountains Above Glendora

    About 2 1/2 years after he set up his first surveillance camera along a game trail in the backcountry of Angeles National Forest, Robert Martinez got footage of Southern California wildlife even he couldn’t believe. He had seen mama bears and their cubs, ringtail cats, foxes, and even a mountain lion dragging a deer. But footage one of his cameras caught on Friday showed what he described as a family of four mountain lions at once. That video, posted to YouTube Monday, […]

  • A health care worker is seen preparing for an Ebola drill at UCLA Medical Center in October 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    L.A. Health Officials Discuss Plans to Contain Any Ebola Outbreaks

    Los Angeles health officials met Tuesday to discuss plans to contain any possible outbreak of Ebola that may occur. Dave Mecham reports from downtown Los Angeles for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Oct. 21, 2014.

  • The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department provided this photo of Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, who was arrested on Oct. 19, 2014, after allegedly illegally entering a Thousand Oaks residence through its chimney.

    Woman Arrested After Becoming Trapped in Chimney at Thousand Oaks Home

    A woman accused of illegally entering the Thousand Oaks home of a man she went on multiple dates with was arrested Sunday after firefighters used jackhammers to partially dismantle a brick chimney she had become trapped inside. Deputies responded to a home in the 1900 block of Woodside Drive (map) at 5:45 a.m. after a caller reported that the woman had been stuck in the chimney, about 8 feet from the top, for two hours, said Capt. Renee Ferguson of […]