Live video: Sand Fire Continues to Burn in Santa Clarita Area; More Evacuations Ordered
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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.

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