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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
  • April 1960: American actor James Garner best known for starring in 'Maverick' and the long-running television programme 'The Rockford Files' as Jim Rockford. (Photo by L. J. Willinger/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

    Actor James Garner, Known for Roles in ‘Maverick’ and ‘Rockford Files,’ Dies at 86

    James Garner, the understated, wisecracking everyman actor who enjoyed multi-generational success on both the small and big screens, has died. He was 86. Police, who were called to his residence Saturday night in Los Angeles, say he died of natural causes. Garner starred in hit TV series almost 20 years apart — “Maverick” in the late 1950s and “The Rockford Files” in the 1970s. He also had a notable film career, starring in such classics as “Sayonara” (1957), “The Great […]

  • Steve Robles recovered at his Lomita home with his wife, Glenda Robles (left), after he was attacked by a shark on July 5, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Swimmer Recounts Harrowing Encounter With Great White Shark Near Manhattan Beach Pier

    Long-distance swimmer Steven Robles was recovering at his Lomita home Sunday after being bit by a great white shark near the Manhattan Beach Pier the previous day. Robles, a Palos Verdes-based Realtor, was training for a September swimming event in Hawaii with 14 other swimmers when the 7-foot shark bit his hand and torso area. A fisherman had hooked the shark Saturday morning and been attempting to reel it in for about 40 minutes when the agitated animal attacked Robles. […]

  • One man died after a shooting in a Mexican seafood restaurant in East L.A. on June 22, 2014. (Credit: OnScene)

    Shooting in East L.A. Mexican Seafood Restaurant Leaves 1 Man Dead

    Homicide detectives continued to investigate Monday the shooting death of a man in a Mexican seafood restaurant in East Los Angeles. The shooting occurred Sunday around 8:15 p.m. in the 6000 block of Whittier Boulevard (map), according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release. A Hispanic man was shot after arguing with an unidentified person inside the restaurant. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the news release. “The two exchanged words and the […]

  • Search-and-rescue personnel searched for missing hiker Michael Herdman beginning Monday, June 16, 2014. Eight days later the only clues found were his footprints, backpack and two sightings of his dog. (Credit: KTLA)

    Amid Search for Firefighter, Rattlesnake Bite Lands Asst. Fire Chief in ICU

    As emergency personnel continued looking for a missing Arcadia firefighter in the Los Padres National Forest on Saturday, a record number of antivenin vials had to used to treat an assistant fire chief who was bit by a rattlesnake during the search, authorities said. Michael Herdman, 36, was last seen on Friday, June 13, when he and a friend were camping and became separated while looking for Herdman’s runaway dog. It took 27-year-old paramedic Taylor Byars two days to hike […]

  • Dump Truck Crashes Into South L.A. Corner Store; Driver Flees – Dave Mecham Reports

    A search was underway Sunday for a hit-and-run driver who drove a dump truck into a corner store in South Los Angeles overnight, causing major structural damage to the building, authorities said. Dave Mecham reports from Florence-Firestone for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Sunday, June 8, 2014.

  • Wife Shot, Killed in Front of Her Husband in South Los Angeles – Dave Mecham Reports

    Two men shot and killed a woman standing with her husband in front of their South Los Angeles home Saturday morning. Dave Mecham reports from South L.A. for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

  • Last Day to Find ‘Hidden Cash’ in Los Angeles – Dave Mecham Reports

    Would-be treasure hunters have one last chance to find “hidden cash” as the anonymous benefactor behind the scaventer hunt-sensation has said Sunday is the last day he’ll be in the Los Angeles-area. Dave Mecham reports from Hermosa Beach for the KTLA 5 morning News on Sunday, June 1, 2014.

  • @HiddenCash Tweets KTLA’s Dave Mecham Hints About the Next Scavenger Hunt – Dave Mecham Reports

    An “EPIC” adventure on Saturday was promised by one generous Twitter user who buried cash in the sand at an undisclosed beach. Dave Mecham reports from Santa Monica for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

  • @HiddenCash Fans Guess Cash Filled Angry Birds May Be Hidden in Santa Monica – Dave Mecham Reports

    An “EPIC” adventure on Saturday was promised by one generous Twitter user who buried cash in the sand at an undisclosed beach. Dave Mecham reports from Santa Monica Beach for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Saturday, May 31, 2014.