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 mother and pedestrian were killed in a crash in South L.A. on Nov. 22, 2015. (Credit: ANG.News)

    Mother, Pedestrian Killed by Possibly Intoxicated Driver in South L.A. Crash: LAPD

    Police were investigating if a driver was under the influence when they say he slammed into a minivan, killing a mother and injuring a child inside, before striking and killing an adult male pedestrian in South L.A. on Sunday. The violent collision occurred around midnight near South Normandie and West Slauson avenues, bordering the Harvard Park and Vermont-Slauson neighborhoods, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Dana Adams said. A driver, believed to be in a Dodge sedan, was heading southbound when […]

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    Missing UCLA Grad Student, 25, Found Dead in Mount Whitney Area: Family

    The body of missing UCLA graduate student Michael David Meyers, 25, has been found by search-and-rescue personnel in the Mount Whitney area, his mother said. Dave Mecham reports from Westwood for the KTLA 5 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.

  • A car slammed into a Wells Fargo on the ground floor of a North Hollywood high-rise on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Vehicle Slams Into Bank Building in North Hollywood

    A vehicle crashed into a bank building in North Hollywood on Tuesday afternoon, prompting a response from firefighter-paramedics, officials said. It was unclear if anyone was injured in the collision, which the Los Angeles Fire Department said occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. in the 12200 block of Victory Boulevard. Sky5 video from the scene showed LAFD personnel near two damaged cars, one of which had slammed into a Wells Fargo branch. Officials from the Los Angeles Department of Building and […]

  • Students continued to stage a sit-in at Occidental College's Arthur G. Coons Administrative Center on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015.  (Credit: KTLA)

    Occidental College Students Stage Sit-in, Demand Resignation of School President

    In a move that echoed recent demonstrations at university campuses across the country, a group of students have been protesting what they described as racial injustice at Occidental College and on Tuesday continued to stage a sit-in at an administration building on the Eagle Rock campus. Oxy United for Black Liberation’s list of 14 demands included a call for the “immediate” resignation the school’s president, Jonathan Veitch. That demand followed the stepping down last week of the University of Missouri Sytems’s president, […]

  • Los Angeles police were investigating a fatal collision that left a pedestrian dead in Palms on Nov. 15, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Pedestrian Fatally Struck in Palms by Stolen Vehicle, LAPD Says; Hit-and-Run Driver Sought

    Police on Monday were searching for the driver of a stolen vehicle who fatally struck a male pedestrian in a hit-and-run collision in the Westside neighborhood of Palms, authorities said. An LAPD patrol car was following the vehicle Sunday around 8:45 p.m. when it suddenly took off westbound on Venice Boulevard and collided with the pedestrian, who was crossing at Hughes Avenue, according to Lt. Dave Ferry of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD vehicle was not flashing its […]

  • Police are seen at the site of a hit-and-run collision in Palms on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Vehicle in Westside Hit-and-Run; Driver Sought

    A male pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in a hit-and-run collision Sunday evening in the Westside neighborhood of Palms, authorities said. The unidentified victim was crossing northbound on Venice Boulevard, at Hughes Avenue, at 8:43 p.m. when he was hit by car traveling westbound on Venice, said Lt. Allen Schubert of the Los Angeles Police Department. The driver did not stop after the crash. LAPD officers rendered aid to the pedestrian, who was pronounced dead at the location […]

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    L.A. Residents Recounts Being in Paris Stadium During Terror Attacks

    Los Angeles resident Johnny Beig described being in a Paris stadium as a suicide bomber detonated explosives outside during the terror attacks on Friday. Dave Mecham reports from West Hollywood for the KTLA 5 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.

  • A man waves a flag as the Washington Square Park arch is lit with the French national colors in solidarity with the citizens of France on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in New York, a day after the Paris terrorist attacks. (Credit: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

    Multiple Arrests Made in Brussels After Islamic State Group Claims Responsibility for Paris Attacks

    Authorities in France and Belgium took people into custody Saturday in the aftermath of the worst violence in France since World Word II, a series of terror attacks that killed more than 120 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the horrific Paris attacks, for which France vowed revenge. President Francois Hollande deemed the shootings and bombings “an act of war.” He said early Saturday, “We will lead the fight, and we will be ruthless.” Belgian authorities made a number of arrests […]

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    Last Survivor of WWII Ship Sinking Recounts His Struggle to Overcome a Typhoon, Sharks and Starvation

    It has been 70 years since the end of World War II. Even the youngest veterans of that war are approaching their 90s. With few of them left — and more leaving us every day — it is a rare gift to hear from those who survived and were witnesses to history. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015.