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
  • A mother bear and two cubs roamed Duarte streets for hours on Sept. 21, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mother Bear, 2 Cubs Spotted Roaming Duarte Streets for 5 Hours

    A mother bear and her two cubs were seen walking around a residential neighborhood in Duarte Sunday morning for more than five hours. The bears likely came out of the Angeles National Forest around 7 a.m., officials said. Authorities are not supposed to use a tranquilizer on a mother bear when she is with her cubs, so the bears were monitored until they made there way back into the wild, an official at the scene said.

  • Nicky Long's family provided this photo of him in front of the 1957 Chevrolet Nomad he bought his wife years before he died of cancer.

    Widow Seeks Public’s Help in Finding Husband’s Stolen Car

    The morning after what would have been their 22nd wedding anniversary, a grieving widow woke up Saturday at her Santa Monica home and discovered that a cherished gift her husband left her had apparently been stolen. Two-and-a-half years before Mickey Sills died of sinus cancer in January 2014, he bought his wife Kimberly Long a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad. Kimberly had since used the car for her daily commute and parked it in the 2300 block of 24th Street (map), where it […]

  • Halloween Horror Nights Gets Underway at Universal Studios

    Dave Mecham reports from Universal Studios for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Sept. 19, 2014.

  • Matt and Grace Huang are seen in a family photo.

    Vigil Planned for Couple Held in Qatar Since Daughter Died

    Friends and family of a San Gabriel Valley couple confined in Qatar after the death of their adopted daughter will stage a candlelight vigil Thursday to bring attention to a case that has dragged on for 20 months. Matt and Grace Huang, who live in Pasadena but traveled to Qatar to help the small country improve its infrastructure before the the 2022 FIFA World Cup games, were arrested, jailed and sentenced to three years in prison after the death of […]

  • A woman drinks from a fountain in Woodland Hills on Sept. 14, 2014, the day an excessive heat warning was issued by the National Weather Service. (Credit: KTLA)

    Heat Warning Predicts Triple Digit Temperatures in Parts of Southern California

    An excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service predicted triple digit temperatures in parts of L.A. and Ventura Counties Sunday. The warning would remain in effect until 7 p.m. Sunday, the NWS stated. Highs of around 100 degrees in the inland valleys were predicted, with areas such as Woodland Hills expected to reach 109 degrees. An excessive heat watch was scheduled to take effect Sunday night through Tuesday evening, warning people that high temperatures were expected but exact times were […]

  • The Silverado Fire burned 1,600 acres and was 10 percent contained as of Sept. 13, 2014. Evacuations were in place and no structures had burned. (Credit: KTLA)

    Silverado Fire in Cleveland National Forest Burns 1,500 Acres, Is 10 Percent Contained

    Three firefighters were recovering Saturday from minor injuries after the Silverado Fire in the mountains of Cleveland National Forest south of Corona broke out the previous day during possible record-breaking temperatures and reached 1,500 acres before being 10 percent contained, according to officials. Mandatory evacuations were in place for residents living east of 30311 Silverado Canyon Road, according to a post on the federal interagency website InciWeb. These evacuations impacted about 217 homes, the website said. The Silverado Fire began around […]

  • Police investigate a possible break-in at Jerry's Famous Deli in Encino on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Police Investigate Break-In at Jerry’s Famous Deli in Encino

    Police on Wednesday were investigating a break-in at Jerry’s Famous Deli in Encino. Someone called to report the incident at 16650 Ventura Blvd. (map) just before 6 a.m., Los Angeles Police Officer Liliana Preciado said. Investigators believe a burglar may have climbed up a ladder and entered the building through the roof before breaking out through a glass door or window, Preciado said. Broken glass was found outside the building, suggesting the door or window was smashed from inside, according […]

  • A water main broke near the Beverly Hilton hotel on Sept. 9, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Water Main Breaks Near the Beverly Hilton Causing Power Outages, Street Closures

    A water main break Tuesday night near the Beverly Hilton caused a nearby street closure and power outage at the hotel, officials said. The break, located near 9876 Wilshire Blvd. (map), was reported to the Beverly Hills Fire Department around 9:15 p.m., officials said. The hotel and three other Southern California Edison customers experienced a power outage around the same time, SCE official Carolyn Aoyagi said. Hotel guests were given flashlights and told to use stairwells to get around. The […]

  • A Beverly Grove resident gained attention in September 2014, after leaving a note to the people who let their dogs defecate on her lawn. (Credit: KTLA)

    Beverly Grove Resident Writes Threatening, Humorous Note to Owner of Dog That Poops on Her Lawn

    A Beverly Grove resident recently got attention from neighbors and social media users after she wrote a note threatening to poop on the property of whoever did not pick up after their dogs in her neighborhood. Street artist and muralist Annie Preece wrote the letter “to the person who lets their dog poop on our lawn and doesn’t clean it up.” The letter continues, calling the person rude and stating that she will follow them home and defecate on their doorstep and vehicle the next time they are seen allowing […]