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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
  • Sarah Ki, a student at Santiago High School in Corona, talked on Feb. 7, 2016, about getting a perfect score on her AP art exam. (Credit: KTLA)

    Corona Student Gets Perfect Score on AP Art Exam

    A student from a Corona high school talked to KTLA Sunday about getting a perfect score on her AP Studio Art Drawing Exam. Sarah Ki, a junior at Santiago High School in Corona, was one of only a few hundred out of four and half million people taking this latest round of AP tests to get a perfect score. “It feels great,” said Ki, who received every possible point in the AP Studio Art Drawing Exam. The 16-year-old submitted 24 drawings with […]

  • Rich Falstrom provided this picture of his wife, Mary Falstrom, left, after she disappeared while flying in the San Pedro area on Feb. 5, 2016.

    Man Says Wife Is Among 3 People Believed to Be Missing After Midair Crash Off L.A. Harbor

    As the Coast Guard suspended active search efforts for three people believed to be involved in an apparent midair collision off San Pedro, a man told KTLA on Saturday that he feared his wife was among those missing. Two aircraft, one of them an aerobatic stunt plane, were suspected of crashing into the water on Friday, the Coast Guard said at the time. Two men and one woman were believed to be on board the two planes from South Bay, […]

  • Nooshafarin Ravaghi, 44, was released from jail on Feb. 1, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    ESL Teacher Arrested in Connection With Jail Escape Released Due to Insufficient Evidence: DA

    An English as a second language teacher who had been arrested on suspicion of aiding three Orange County jail escapees was released Monday, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced Monday. Nooshafarin Ravaghi, 44, was suspected of forming a close relationship with inmate Hossein Nayeri, 37, and helping him and two others escape. But Rackauckas said there was insufficient evidence to charge her, and the case was sent back for further investigation. “It’s unfortunate that she was so quickly labeled as a conspirator,” Rackauckas said. […]

  • Photos of the Santa Ana jail escapees were shown at a Jan. 28, 2016, news conference. (Credit: KTLA)

    3 Escaped Inmates Kidnapped Taxi Driver, Whose Fate Prompted Fight Between 2

    Three Orange County inmates who escaped from jail in Santa Ana kidnapped a taxi driver at gunpoint, forcing him to stay with them for a week and eventually travel with them to San Jose, authorities said Monday. Two of the inmates — 43-year-old Bac Duong and Hossein Nayeri, 37 — got into a physical fight over whether the taxi driver should be killed and his body buried, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Jeff Hallock said at a news conference. While Nayeri […]

  • Flooding along  northbound Highway 101 prompted the closure of two lanes on Jan. 31, 2016. (Credit: Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services)

    Strong Storm Hits SoCal; Highway Sections Closed, Trees Toppled Amid Rain and Wind

    A strong storm system moved across Southern California on Sunday, bringing heavy rains and damaging winds to the area, and causing flooding that prompted the partial closure of multiple highways. Lanes on both the101 and the Pacific Coast Highway were temporarily shut down late in the morning as the storm caused debris flows and minor flooding in the Solimar burn area, authorities said. Both sides of the 101 near State Beaches were down to one lane around 10 a.m., while the […]

  • Richie Esquivel Corvera is seen in a booking photo released by the Whittier Police Department.

    Sex Offender Accused of Raping 2 Teens Met Victims in School Parking Lot: Whittier Police

    A registered sex offender recently arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting two teens had met both of his latest victims in a school parking lot, according to the Whittier Police Department. Richie Esquivel Corvera, 28, was taken into custody on Friday in connection with the sexual assaults of two girls, ages 14 and 15, which had occurred in the two days prior to the arrest, police said Saturday in a post on the department’s Facebook page. The alleged sexual assaults took […]

  • Aerial images from over SoCal Gas' leaking Aliso Canyon well above Porter Ranch show the facility on Dec. 17, 2015. (Credit: Earthworks/Pete Dronkers)

    Regulators Approve Abatement Order Over Massive Natural Gas Leak in Porter Ranch

    Regulators on Saturday approved a comprehensive abatement order that requires Southern California Gas Co. to take immediate steps to contain a massive natural gas leak in Porter Ranch, permanently shut down the damaged well, establish a leak detection system and conduct an independent health study. Following a six-hour public meeting in Woodland Hills, the Hearing Board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District voted 4-1 to approve the order. “As a result of this order, SoCalGas must take immediate […]

  • The Wal-Mart located at 4101 Crenshaw Blvd. closed on Jan. 17, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Wal-Mart Begins Store Closures on Sunday, Including 2 L.A. Locations

    Two days after Wal-Mart announced it would close 269 stores globally– 154 of which are in the United States — the mega-retailer began shutting down locations on Sunday, including two in the Los Angeles area. The Wal-Mart located at 4101 Crenshaw Blvd., in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood, and the Neighborhood Market at 701 W. Cesar E Chavez Ave., in Chinatown, were among dozens of locations closing Sunday, according to the company’s website. The Chinatown store had just opened in September […]

  • Burglars shattered the front door of a Subway in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles police said. The restaurant is seen on Jan. 16, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Police Investigate String of Burglaries Targeting Subway Restaurants in San Fernando Valley

    The Los Angeles Police Department was investigating a string of burglaries targeting Subway restaurants in the San Fernando Valley. Dave Mecham reports from Valley Village for the KTLA 5 News at 6 p.m. on Jan. 16, 2016.