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
  • L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti in July 2014. (Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

    Mayor Eric Garcetti Announces Plan for $13.25 Minimum Wage

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced plans on Labor Day to increase the minimum wage from $9 to $13.25 an hour by 2017. Garcetti had met with business, labor, community and faith leaders in recent weeks “to discuss ways to help L.A. families and our economy thrive,” the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. City officials said the current hourly wage would rise to $10.25 immediately, then increase by $1.50 in each of the two succeeding years. Beginning in 2017, the new minimum […]

  • Four Santa Ana residents were displaced after a fire broke out in a vehicle and spread to others and a garage before being extinguished on Aug. 31, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Santa Ana Residents Displaced After Fire Rips Through Garage; Arson Investigation Underway

    Arson investigators were working Sunday morning to determine the cause of a fire that started in a vehicle and spread to a garage at a Santa Ana home, authorities said. The fire broke out around 2:15 a.m. in the 800 block of East Alder Avenue, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. It spread to three other vehicles and the garage before firefighters knocked down the flames about 20 minutes later. One witness reported hearing something that sounded like gunfire […]

  • Tritobia Ford is comforted by family members on Aug. 12, 2014, the night after her son Ezell Ford was fatally shot by police. (Credit: KTLA)

    Ezell Ford: Funeral Set for First A.M.E. Church

    Ezell Ford, the 25-year-old South Los Angeles man fatally shot by police Aug. 11, was expected to be laid to rest Saturday. A funeral service was set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First A.M.E. Church located at 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., according to a funeral announcement sent to KTLA. Ford’s family asked that attendees wear white clothing to the service, according to the announcement. A fundraising page set up on gofundme.com stated money was being raised for […]

  • Charles Belk, who was handcuffed after mistakenly being taken for a bank robber, is seen in this photo posted to Facebook.

    Activists Call for Ordinance Prohibiting Racial Profiling in Beverly Hills

    Civil rights activists called for an ordinance prohibiting racial profiling in Beverly Hills on Friday in the wake of last week’s arrest of a black film producer who was mistaken for a bank robber. Charles Belk spent about 6 hours in custody before Beverly Hills police investigating a nearby bank robbery realized they had the wrong man. Police stated that Belk was arrested because he matched the physical characteristics of the bank robber and was positively identified by a witness. On […]

  • American journalist James Foley is pictured in Aleppo, Syria in July 2012. (Credit: Nicole Tung, Free James Foley Facebook)

    James Foley’s Family Releases Letter He Wrote in Captivity

    A recently published letter by American journalist James Foley, who was executed on video, depicts his year and a half in captivity and longing to see his sister get married and grandmother dance again. Foley was unable to communicate with friends and family while being held captive, so he asked a fellow hostage who was being released to commit a letter to memory, his family stated on Facebook Sunday, along with the letter. In the letter, Foley recalls “weak and strong […]

  • A home was on fire following a major earthquake that was centered near Napa on Aug. 24, 2014. (Credit: KGO)

    Napa Rocked by Magnitude-6.0 Earthquake; State of Emergency Declared

    A state of emergency was declared in Napa following an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 that shook the Bay Area early Sunday and left as many as 200 people people injured, structures and roadways damaged, and many without power. The large temblor, which struck about 3:20 a.m., was centered about 6 miles southwest of Napa, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It hit at a depth of about 7 miles and lasted between 10 to 20 seconds. The quake was […]

  • Music producer Suge Knight, seen in this file photo, was among three people who were shot at a West Hollywood nightclub on Aug. 24, 2014. (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for LMVH)

    Suge Knight Among 3 Injured in West Hollywood Nightclub Shooting

    Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was among three people who were shot and wounded at a West Hollywood nightclub early Sunday, authorities said. The shooting occurred in the 9000 block of Sunset Boulevard around 1:30 a.m., according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Two men and a woman were injured in the incident, which occurred during a celebrity-filled party hosted by Chris Brown, according to the Sheriff’s Department and CNN. Knight, the founder of Death […]

  • Street racing was suspected in a car crash that left two people dead and three others injured, according to LAPD. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 College of the Canyons Football Players Killed in Sylmar Crash; 3 Injured

    Speed was a factor in a multi-vehicle collision in Sylmar that killed two College of the Canyons football players and critically injured another, officials said. A woman and her 11-year-old daughter suffered minor injuries. The college’s chancellor and the Los Angeles County coroner’s office identified the deceased men as Alexander Manu, 18, of Reseda, and Isaiah Hastings, 19, of Lancaster. A third student-athlete, 18-year-old Eldridge Salguero of Van Nuys, remained hospitalized Saturday afternoon. “We’re just devastated,” head football coach Ted […]

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    SoCal Beachgoers Warned of High Surf, Dangerous Rip Currents This Weekend

    High surf and “strong” rip currents were expected to continue along the Southern California coast on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. The large swells were due to a tropical storm that was about 850 miles south-southwest of Los Angeles, the weather service reported. Waves of up 5 to 7 feet, with maximum breakers of 9 feet, were expected to hit south-facing beaches through early Sunday afternoon, according to forecasters. The advisory was scheduled to expire at 5 p.m. […]