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
  • The Saturday before Christmas 2014, was expected to be the biggest shopping day of the year. (Credit: KTLA)

    Holiday Shoppers Expected to Spend Millions on ‘Super Saturday’

    Can Super Saturday trounce Black Friday? With shoppers surging into malls this weekend for last-minute gifts, the Saturday before Christmas — known as Super Saturday in retail parlance — is predicted to surpass the day after Thanksgiving as the biggest shopping day of the year, according to ShopperTrak. Black Friday has reigned supreme for years, boasting the biggest crowds of shoppers spending the most money. But as more retailers opened on Thanksgiving Day and rolled out promotions in early November, […]

  • Edward Dickerson, 59, was beaten and stabbed to death in Riverside on Aug. 3, 2014, authorities said. (Photo via Riverside Police Department)

    Police Ask For Help in Case of Man, 59, Beaten and Stabbed Outside Riverside Barber Shop

    Police on Tuesday asked for the public’s help in the ongoing investigation into the death of a 59-year-old man who was brutally beaten outside a Riverside barber shop before being fatally stabbed. Edward Dickerson, an amputee who used a wheelchair, was pronounced dead at the scene in the 3300 block of Iowa Avenue (map) on the morning of Aug. 3, the Riverside Police Department said. Officers responded about 4:35 a.m. to a 911 call reporting a “man down” near a […]

  • Cleanup efforts continued on Monday, Dec. 15, following last weeks damaging mudslide in Camarillo Springs. (Credit: KTLA)

    Cleanup Efforts Continue Following Damaging Mudslides in Camarillo Springs

    Cleanup efforts continued in Camarillo Springs Monday following last weeks devastating mudslides that left 10 home in the area red tagged. Dave Mecham reports from Camarillo Springs for the KTLA 5 News at 1 p.m., and Kimberly Cheng at 10 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.   

  • A makeshift memorial was erected at a vigil for Ashlee Armond, 20, on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Vigil Held for Woman, 20, Found Dead in Submerged Car in Long Beach Channel

    Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil Sunday night in Long Beach for a 20-year-old woman whose body was found in her car, submerged in a drainage channel, hours after she was reported missing. Long Beach police located a 2001 green Honda Civic in the Los Cerritos Channel, near East Fifth Street (map), Saturday night and a dive team recovered the body of Ashlee Armond, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a department news release. The car was initially […]

  • The owner of a tailor shop in Sherman Oaks said a recent theft was captured on surveillance video. (Credit: Rocky's Custom Clothes)

    Surveillance Video Captures Alleged Theft at Tailor Shop in Sherman Oaks

    The owner of a tailor shop in Sherman Oaks said a recent theft was captured on surveillance video. Police were investigating. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

  • Video captured a huge oak tree falling to the ground in West Hills on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

    Video Captures Huge Oak Tree Crashing to the Ground in West Hills

    Branches from an oak tree, estimated to be between 400 and 600 years old, have come down in the past causing damage to several homes on Hartland Street. But on Friday, the ground underneath the tree finally gave way, sending the huge oak crashing to the ground. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

  • Janet Garner, 49, is suing the City of Hope National Medical Center over alleged mistakes that led to several amputations. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Claims Mistake at City of Hope in Duarte Led to Needless Amputations

    A woman who filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against City of Hope National Medical Center claimed Thursday that mistakes made by the hospital led to several needless amputations. Janet Garner, 49, went to the Duarte City of Hope needing a bone marrow transplant in 2004, according to Moseley Collins, the family’s attorney. During Garner’s stay at the hospital, Collins alleges she was not given required vaccinations following the transplant and developed an infection that led to all of her toes, many […]

  • The entire Perez family was reported missing on Dec. 10, 2014, after they hadn't been seen or heard from in five days. (Credit: Montebello Police Department)

    Woman’s Body Found in Trunk of Missing Montebello Family’s Car; Amber Alert Issued for Kids

    The body of a woman was found Wednesday in the trunk of a car belonging to a family of six from Montebello who vanished under “suspicious circumstances.” The entire Perez family — the father, 43-year-old Daniel Perez, the mother, 39-year-old Erica Perez, and their four children — 11-year-old Jordan, 9-year-old Jaiden, 8-year-old Tristan and 6-year-old Alex — haven’t been seen since Friday, according to a news release from the Montebello Police Department. Wednesday evening, police cordoned off a neighborhood near Fourth […]

  • A witness's video shows three men who are being sought by police after a midday robbery in South Pasadena. (Credit: South Pasadena Police Department)

    3 Men Sought After Brazen Midday Burglary in South Pasadena, Police Say

    Three men were being sought Tuesday in connection with a residential burglary in South Pasadena that was captured on video by a witness, authorities said. The incident occurred about 11:30 a.m. Monday at a home in the 1300 block of Brunswick Avenue (map), according to the South Pasadena Police Department. “I immediately grabbed my phone,” said the neighbor who shot the video from across the street. She asked not to be identified. “For half a second I thought about calling 911, […]