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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.

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  • A helicopter searches for victims after a small boat capsized off the coast of Catalina Island on June 25, 2016. (Credit: Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Division)

    Officials Identify Men Killed After Boat Capsizes Off Catalina Island

    Los Angeles Coroner’s officials late Saturday identified three Korean men who were killed after a small boat capsized off Santa Catalina Island. Kyung Kim, 47, of Los Angeles, Jason Noh, 62, of Buena Park, and Young Park, 64, of Los Angeles, died in the incident. Four other men were rescued and hospitalized. The U.S. Coast Guard Los Angeles-Long Beach center got a call about 9:30 a.m. when a 15-foot skiff with seven men overturned near Salta Verde Point on the backside […]

  • A surfer enjoys the Malibu high surf on June 24, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    High Surf Expected at Local Beaches Through Saturday

    A high surf advisory is in effect in Los Angeles and Ventura counties until Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service. A series of long south to southwest swells will continue to move through the Southern California coast. High surf on south-facing beaches will continue to bring strong rip currents in many areas, according to the weather service. Officials ask beachgoers to use extra caution on beaches during the high surf event. Surf will be four to seven feet […]

  • Broomi Shawn Mansour is shown in a DMV photo released by LAPD on June 24, 2016

    LAPD Searching Canoga Park for Suspect Who Got Away, Leaving Officer Injured

    Los Angeles police are searching for a suspect who got away from a police officer in an incident that left the officer injured in the San Fernando Valley Friday morning. It was not immediately clear why the man was stopped, but he was handcuffed when he got away, according to a witness. The officer tripped while pursuing him and was hurt, police on scene said. The search perimeter was set up shortly after the incident began at 9:23 a.m. in […]

  • Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones attend the UK Premiere of 'Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day’ at Hammersmith Apollo on Oct. 12, 2012, in London. (Credit: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

    Jury: Led Zeppelin Did Not Steal Music for ‘Stairway to Heaven’

    Music history will not be rewritten. A jury found Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page not guilty of copyright infringement on perhaps their most famous song, “Stairway to Heaven.” A Los Angeles jury deliberated for about five hours before deciding the band did not steal its most famous licks from another band. The case centered on claims that Led Zeppelin copied key note patterns in the first two minutes of their hit from a song by the […]

  • A Southern California beach is seen in a file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    Record-Breaking Heat Expected This Weekend Into Next Week; Cooling Centers Open Across SoCal

    A significant warming trend is in the forecast for Southern California through the weekend and into next week with “dangerous heat” possible for parts of the area Sunday through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The agency has issued an excessive heat watch for the Los Angeles and Oxnard region. A high-pressure system will build over Arizona and New Mexico early next week, causing dangerously hot conditions. Monday is expected to be the hottest day, with maximum temperatures expected […]

  • A magnesium-fueled fire continued to burn in Maywood Wednesday, more than 24 hours after it started. (Credit: KTLA)

    Magnesium-Fueled Fire Burns for More Than 24 Hours in Maywood; Evacuations Still in Effect

    Evacuations and smoke advisories remained in effect for parts of Los Angeles County Wednesday due to a magnesium-fueled fire that broke out in a recycling plant in Maywood Tuesday and continued to burn more than 24 hours later. Fire officials had hoped the fire in the 3500 block of Fruitland Avenue would burn itself out overnight, but realized there was nearly 10,000 pounds of magnesium after gaining access to the area Wednesday morning, Los Angeles County Fire Department Deputy Chief […]

  • A courtroom sketch by Mona S. Edwards shows Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page in a downtown Los Angeles federal courtroom during the copyright trial over "Stairway to Heaven" on June 14, 2016.

    Copyright Trial Over Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Starts in L.A. Courtroom

    The civil trial against Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page begins Tuesday as the pair face accusations that the opening chords from the band’s iconic “Stairway to Heaven” were stolen from another band’s work. Michael Skidmore brought the suit, alleging the song lifted its famous riff from the 1967 song “Taurus” by the band Spirit. Skidmore is working as a trustee for the late Randy Wolfe, better known as Randy California, Spirit guitarist and composer of “Taurus.” […]

  • A "Pray for Orlando" sign is shown inside The Abbey, a popular gay bar in West Hollywood on June 13, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    West Hollywood Gay Bar Considering Armed Guards After Orlando Shooting

    A well-known West Hollywood gay bar is considering making armed security guards a regular presence after the mass shooting in an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub Sunday. The Abbey Food & Bar upped its security presence during L.A. Pride celebrations in West Hollywood on Sunday, hours after the Orlando attack. The bar had 36 guards on duty, including visible, armed guards at the front and back entrances at all times, said Brian Rosman, a spokesman for the bar. The Abbey is […]

  • Police and FBI agents stand by to provide security for the 2016 L.A. Pride Parade in West Hollywood on June 12, 2016. (Credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

    Authorities Considered Canceling L.A. Pride Parade After Orlando Attack, But March and Mourning Go On

    Amid heightened security in the aftermath of a shooting in Orlando, Fla., thousands poured into the streets of West Hollywood on Sunday for an L.A. Pride celebration charged with a new resolve. Crowds converged on Santa Monica and Crescent Heights boulevards, waving rainbow flags, brandishing “We love Orlando” signs and chanting slogans. Cheerleaders in drag raising awareness for HIV readied their pompoms and a group of lesbian motorcyclists revved their engines. “When our community comes under attack, what do we […]