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
  • 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 […]

  • L.A. County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau officials investigated the death of a woman in Baldwin Park on Oct. 18, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Homicide Detectives Investigating Death of Woman in Baldwin Park: LASD

    Homicide detectives investigated Saturday the death of a woman in Baldwin Park after her body was discovered by officials conducting a welfare check, according to a L.A. County Sheriff’s Department news release. Authorities responding to a call from a concerned neighbor found the woman around 2 p.m. in the 3700 block of Idaho Avenue (map). The woman appeared to be about 61 years old, LASD stated. The woman lived alone, although she periodically had tenants, neighbors said. Multiple pieces of […]

  • Students held a protest at Mayfair High School in Lakewood on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Students Hold Protest Following Racial Incidents at Rival High Schools in Lakewood, Bellflower

    Students Friday morning held a protest at Mayfair High School in Lakewood, where a noose was found hanging from a tree earlier this week before racial slurs were spray-painted on walls at rival Bellflower High School. The noose was discovered Wednesday at Mayfair High, whose football team played against Bellflower High’s team last week. Racist language was written on walls at the Bellflower campus sometime between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday, and was quickly painted over, said Principal Michael […]

  • In this file photo, students duck under their desks and take cover during a Great ShakeOut event in California. (Credit: KTLA)

    As New Study Warns of Potentially Imminent Major Earthquake in California, Millions to Participate in ‘Great ShakeOut’ Drill

    A record total of more than 10 million people were expected to “drop, cover and hold on” Thursday morning as they took part in the annual “Great ShakeOut” earthquake drill in California. The event, which aims to improve earthquake preparedness, was scheduled to take place at exactly 10:16 a.m. in schools, homes, businesses and workplaces throughout the state. It comes just days after a study was released that indicated four fault lines beneath the heavily populated Bay Area were overdue […]

  • Police investigate a fatal stabbing outside an apartment building in Pasadena on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Husband and Wife Fatally Stabbed in Pasadena Apartment; Family Member in Custody

    A stabbing at an apartment building in Pasadena left a married couple dead and a man believed to be relative in custody Monday morning, according to police. About 6:15 a.m., authorities received a 911 call from the male victim, who said he and his wife had been stabbed and were badly injured inside a third-floor apartment in the 200 block of North Madison Avenue (map), a news release from the Pasadena Police Department stated. “The caller reported that the suspect, a reported […]

  • The Taste of Italy Festival Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, celebrated the spring opening of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles. (Credit: KTLA)

    Taste of Italy Festival Celebrates Spring Opening of Italian American Museum of Los Angeles

    The Taste of Italy festival Saturday offered Angelenos a chance to preview some of the history and culture that will be offered at the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, which was expected to open in the spring.