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Dave Mecham is a general assignment reporter for KTLA 5 News.

Dave’s love of Los Angeles is a big piece of what he enjoys about the job.

Before KTLA, Dave reported for LA’s KCBS and KCAL. Other chapters included E! Entertainment Television’s distribution and marketing department. Dave was also a writer/producer for Entertainment Tonight’s Leeza Gibbons.

Dave grew up in Spokane, Washington, with stops in Honolulu and Barbados. He studied at the University of Washington in Seattle; UC Santa Barbara; and the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Dave is fan of modernist architecture and a member of the Los Angeles Conservancy, an organization that advocates for the preservation of historic places.


Recent Articles
  • Joc Pederson is greeted in the dugout by bench coach Bob Geren and Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers after hitting a solo home run in the second inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on April 21, 2018. (Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / Getty Images)

    Hyun-Jin Ryu Pitches 7 Scoreless Innings in 4-0 Dodgers Victory Over Nationals

    There might come a time this season when Hyun-Jin Ryu will be welcome to pitch the eighth inning. Or, frankly, there might not. Ryu has not lasted beyond seven innings in four years, in a game so long ago that Andre Ethier was the Dodgers’ center fielder and Cuban prospect Erisbel Arruebarrena, since banished by the organization, was the shortstop. In the interim, Ryu tore up his pitching shoulder. Doctors rebuilt the anatomy, and Ryu rebuilt the strength, but “handle […]

  • Actor Verne Troyer attends Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XXI at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa on March 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)

    Verne Troyer, Actor Known for Playing Mini Me in ‘Austin Powers,’ Dead at 49

    Verne Troyer, who played Mini-Me in two of the Austin Powers comedy films, has died at the age of 49, according to statements posted to his social media accounts Saturday. Troyer was 49. No cause of death was immediately released. He was hospitalized earlier this month after emergency responders in Los Angeles went to his home, according to media reports. “Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh,” a statement posted to […]

  • Over-the-Top Open House at Bel-Air Mansion Shut Down by LAPD After Drawing Massive Crowd

    A flashy open house held at a palatial Bel-Air mansion once touted as the most expensive home on the market in the U.S. attracted a huge crowd, prompting police to respond and shut it down. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on April 19, 2018.

  • CHP Officer Allegedly Gropes Santa Ana Woman During Traffic Stop, Then Goes to Her Home to Assault Her Again

    A Santa Ana woman on Wednesday accused a California Highway Patrol officer of groping her on the side of the freeway during a traffic stop and later going to her home and sexually assaulting her again. The officer stopped Ruth Chavez and her husband while traveling southbound on the 5 Freeway near the Redhill Avenue exit on April 6 around 5:30 p.m., lawyer Juan J. Dominguez said at a news conference on Wednesday. The couple pulled over to the side […]

  • A coroner's van arrives at the scene of a fire that left two dead in Studio City on April 14, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suspect Bought Gasoline, Lit Fire to Music Studio, Targeting 2 Acquaintances in Fatal Studio City Blaze: LAPD

    The man accused of intentionally setting a fire at a music studio in Studio City knew the two men who died in the blaze, and the three had been involved in a dispute hours before the blaze, Los Angeles police said Monday. Efrem Zimbalist Demery Jr., 28, was arrested on suspicion of murder about 12 hours after firefighters responded to the fire at Top Notch Recordings around 7 a.m. Saturday, April 14, police said. Firefighters found four people down in […]

  • 1 Victim ID’d and Man Arrested on Suspicion of Murder in Music Studio Fire That Left 2 Dead: LAPD

    An arrest has been made in a music studio fire that left two dead and two critically injured in Studio City, with one of the fatal victims identified by authorities on Sunday. Eferem Demery, a 28-year-old Los Angeles man, was arrested Saturday night and booked on suspicion of murder Sunday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The coroner identified Devaughn Kemar Carter, 28, as one of the two people killed and friends told KTLA he was a father from […]

  • The Los Angeles Fire Department responds to an incident in Studio City on April 14, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Music Studio Fire in Studio City Leaves 2 Dead, 2 in Critical Condition: LAFD

    A fire inside a music studio in Studio City on Saturday left two people dead and two in critical condition,  according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Some 80 firefighters responded to the incident at a one-story commercial building at 3779 N. Cahuenga Blvd. shortly before 7 a.m., the agency said. A company called Top Notch Recordings was listed under that address. Authorities initially said the blaze happened in Universal City. Fire officials also earlier said that there were two others […]

  • The scene of a fire at an apartment complex in Anaheim on April 14, 2018, is seen here. (Credit: KTLA)

    80 People Displaced and 3 Adults, 1 Child Suffer Minor Injuries After Multiple Fires at Anaheim Apartment Complex

    Eighty people were displaced and three adults and a child suffered minor smoke inhalation injuries after multiple fires broke out at an apartment complex in Anaheim Saturday night, according to local fire officials. The four people were taken to a nearby hospital after emergency responders and firefighters arrived to the scene of the blaze, which was in the 200 block of South Rio Vista and reported by several 911 calls just after 8 p.m., officials said. Dozens were displaced as […]

  • The Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor, beginning on April 13, 2018, or Friday the 13th, will rent out a room that has been closed for nearly 40 years and is said to be haunted. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

    Queen Mary Ship in Long Beach to Rent Out ‘Haunted’ Room Beginning Friday, the 13th

    Since the Queen Mary docked in the Long Beach harbor in 1967, several companies —including the Walt Disney Co. — have tried to turn the ocean liner into a profitable floating hotel, surrounded by a thriving entertainment and retail district. The results have been mixed. Now, the operators of the 82-year-old ship are resorting to a new publicity stunt tied to ghost tales in an effort to boost business. Starting Friday (the 13th), stateroom B340, which has been featured on […]