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 file photo shows a Los Angeles driver using the traffic app Waze. (Credit: KTLA)

    Waze Responds to LAPD Chief’s Concerns About App’s ‘Tracking’ of Police Officers

    Real-time traffic app Waze’s police spotting feature is a deterrent for dangerous driving, not a tool that can “track” police officers, company officials said in response to concerns from the Los Angeles police chief. In a Dec. 30 letter to Google, which acquired Waze in 2013, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck wrote that by pointing out police locations, the app compromises officer safety, according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Times. Beck noted that in the days before […]

  • The Greek Theatre in Griffith Park. (Credit: L.A. Times)

    L.A. Panel Rejects Choice of Live Nation to Run Greek Theatre

    A key committee of Los Angeles lawmakers bucked a city commission and its staff Monday, rejecting their recommendation to hand over control of the Greek Theatre to a new operator. The question of who will run the Griffith Park venue has become a battle royal between entertainment titans pushing their points in City Hall. Hundreds of people packed the Monday meeting, clad in red and green shirts to show which company they backed — Live Nation or existing operator Nederlander, […]

  • Teen vandals smashed car and building windows at Palmdale High School on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, according to the Los County Sheriff's Department. (Credit: Don Luis Meza)

    Teens in White Bandannas Vandalize Palmdale High School, Deputies Say

    A group of teenagers hiding their faces with white bandannas spray-painted more than three dozen areas on the Palmdale High School campus Saturday night and broke the windows of numerous vehicles parked at the school, authorities said. Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the school in 2100 block of East Avenue R shortly before midnight to find six sedans and a pickup truck with smashed windows in the northwest corner of the campus, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County […]

  • Ellorah Rose Warner, shown in a photo provided by her grandmother, was reported missing by her Newhall parents on Jan. 23, 2015. She was found dead the following morning.

    Newhall Father Arrested for Allegedly Killing His 3-Week-Old Daughter

    Nearly 12 hours after a 3-week-old baby girl from Newhall was reported missing by her parents, the infant’s body was found and her father was arrested for allegedly killing her, according to officials. The girl’s parents reported she was missing from their home, located in the 21300 block of Alder Drive (map), around 9:35 p.m. Friday, according to an LASD news release. Deputies first searched the parents’ residence but were unable to locate the baby, Lt. Brenda Cambra said. “The […]

  • Vice President Joe Biden is seen at a roundtable discussion in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Vice President Biden to Discuss Education on Day 2 of SoCal Visit; Street Closures in Effect

    Vice President Joe Biden on Friday was expected to discuss college education on the second day of his visit to the Los Angeles area. Meanwhile, several street closures have been announced to accommodate the vice president’s motorcade. According to Biden’s office, he plans to visit West Los Angeles College in Culver City for a conversation about “the importance of helping Americans go to college and get the skills they need to succeed.” Motorists were advised to avoid the following areas […]

  • A gunman was fatally shot by sheriff`s deputies Wednesday after a K-9 was fatally wounded in a standoff at a Riverside County home, authorities said.

    Riverside County Standoff: Deputies Shoot, Kill Suspect After K-9 is Fatally Wounded

    A police K-9 officer was mourned Thursday after being fatally shot during a police standoff in the Hemet area that ended in deputies killing the gunman. The incident began about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, when deputies responded to San Jacinto Street and Clark Drive (map) following a report that a wanted felon had been seen in the area, according to a Thursday news release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Upon arrival, the deputies were informed that the suspect was last […]

  • The 30th annual Kingdom Day Parade marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    MLK Day Observed in Los Angeles With 30th Annual Kingdom Day Parade

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day was being observed Monday in Los Angeles with the 30th annual Kingdom Day Parade. More than 70,000 people were expected to attend the South L.A. parade, which was among the many events being held across the United States to commemorate the legacy of the leader of the civil rights movement. More videos:    

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    USC Grad Hopes to Win $1 Million Prize in Doritos Super Bowl Ad Contest

    A USC graduate hopes his television commercial will win the $1 million prize in Doritos` Super Bowl ad contest. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.

  • Actor Greg Plitt at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' '10,000 B.C.' held at Mann's Chinese theater on March 5, 2008 in Hollywood. (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    Bravo Reality TV Star Greg Plitt Dies After Being Struck by Train While Filming in Burbank

    A man who died after being struck by a train in Burbank was identified by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner early Sunday as George Gregory “Greg” Plitt Jr. The 37-year-old actor, reality television star and fitness model was walking just north of the downtown Burbank station and Magnolia Boulevard overpass when he was hit by a southbound Metrolink train around 4 p.m. Saturday, according to police. Investigators believed it was “not likely a suicide,” Sgt. Scott Meadows of […]