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 photo of 15-year-old Dana Housley from her GoFundMe page.

    High School Softball Player on Life Support After Collapsing During Game in Fontana

    A stand-out Southland high school softball player was on life support Monday night after losing consciousness at a tournament in Fontana on Saturday. First baseman Dana Housley was at bat in the bottom of the 8th inning with the game on the line, when suddenly the 15-year-old complained of dizziness. “She turned to look at me, which I thought was kinda odd in the middle of the pitch, and she said ‘coach Angelo, I feel dizzy,'” Angelo Michaels said. “As […]

  • A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department patrol car overturned in Malibu on Sunday, May 24, 2015, leaving two deputies with moderate injuries. (Credit: KTLA)

    Sheriff’s Patrol Vehicle Crashes, Overturns in Malibu; 2 Deputies Airlifted

    Two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies were airlifted to a hospital on Sunday after their patrol vehicle crashed and overturned in Malibu, officials said. The single-vehicle crash occurred about 6:45 p.m. as the deputies were responding to an assistance request due to a person throwing bottles in the middle of Pacific Coast Highway, according to a press release issued by the department. The patrol car’s lights were flashing and its siren was activated at the time, the statement said. After the vehicle struck a […]

  • Los Angeles firefighters are seen at a burned-out house in West Hills on Saturday, May 23, 2015. (Credit: RMG News)

    Roof Collapses After Explosion, Fire at West Hills Home; 2 Hospitalized

    Los Angeles firefighters on Saturday evening extinguished a fire at a West Hills home that later became the scene of a narcotics investigation, officials said. The two-story single-family residence in the 6500 block of North Ellenview Avenue (map) was initially well-involved in flames, and its roof completely collapsed, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Neighbor Tracy Haynes said he heard two explosions before he saw the fire. “I was sitting in my house and then I heard a boom, and then probably […]

  • Animal handlers said a macaw named Zazu was stolen from outside a South El Monte preschool. (Credit: Reptacular Animals)

    Animal Handlers Report Theft of Macaw Outside South El Monte School

    Animal handlers said a macaw named Zazu was stolen after being briefly left unattended outside a school in South El Monte. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2015.

  • Disneyland kicks of the 60th Diamond Celebration on Friday, May 22, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Disneyland Holds 24-Hour Party to Kick Off 60th Diamond Celebration

    The “Happiest Place on Earth” kicked off a 24-hour party Friday in honor of Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Celebration. Dave Mecham reports from Disneyland for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on May 22, 2015.  

  • A school bus crashed into a building in Northridge on May 11, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    School Bus Crashes Into Store in Northridge; No Students on Board, No Injuries Reported

    A school bus collided with an antiques store in Northridge, and the Fire Department and building inspectors were responding Monday. The Los Angeles Fire Department was called to the collision at 18219 Parthenia Street (map) at about 3:15 p.m., according to department spokesman Erik Scott. The bus appeared to have crashed head-on into a decor and garden store called Robertson’s-Crystal’s, aerial video showed. No students were on board the bus and no injuries were reported. Fire Department urban search and rescue workers […]

  • Officials held a news conference to talk about "Bike Week L.A." on Monday, May 11, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Community Events Planned in Celebration of ‘Bike Week L.A.’

    Several community events have been planned around Los Angeles this week to celebrate “Bike Week L.A.” Dave Mecham reports from Northridge for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Monday, May 11, 2015.

  • People were airlifted to safety after severe weather hit the area in May 2015. (Credit: KTVT, via CNN Wire)

    Flooding Victims Rescued As Severe Weather Hits Several States, Kills at Least 1

    Across the United States, 33 million people face the risk of severe weather Sunday. The greatest potential for severe storms will be from parts of southeast Oklahoma into northeast and east-central Texas. The storms could spark tornadoes, particularly over northeast Texas. Large hail could also slam parts of the region. Flood rescues were under way in Denton County, Texas, on Sunday, just outside the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Aerial images from CNN affiliate KTVT showed severe flooding and people being lifted […]

  • One person was shot and killed at a car wash in North Hollywood on May 9, 2015. (Credit: RMG News)

    Man Shot, Killed at North Hollywood Car Wash; 1 in Custody

    One person was in custody after a man was fatally shot at a car wash near a busy intersection in North Hollywood on Saturday afternoon, police said. The shooting occurred around 2 p.m. at the Plaza Car Wash located in the 6500 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard (map). The victim was involved in an argument with a person who pulled out a handgun and shot him multiple times, LAPD Detective Richard Wheeler said. The victim was identified Sunday as Brian Pleytez, […]