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 sprinklers watering the lawn in Golden Gate Park on April 2, 2015 in San Francisco. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    State Water Board Attempts to Prevent ‘Catastrophic Impacts’ of Drought, Revises Regulations

    Responding to hundreds of comments from California water users and suppliers, the Water Resources Control Board modified proposed conservation restrictions Saturday, reducing cuts for communities that have worked to save water and increasing water cutbacks for those that haven’t. Some communities “have achieved remarkable results with residential water use now hovering around the statewide target … while others are using many times more,” the board said in a prepared statement. The draft restrictions, which will be considered for formal approval […]

  • Smoke was rising from a property in Malibu amid a brush fire on April 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Brush Fires Burn About 5 Acres in Malibu Off Kanan Dume Road

    Firefighters fully contained two sections of two brush fires that burned nearly 5 acres along a canyon road off Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Friday. The two-branch blaze, dubbed the Dume Fire, was fully contained by about 6 p.m., when firefighters were mopping up hot spots, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department Twitter account. The fire burned uphill in medium brush at PCH and Kanan Dume Road, a fire spokesman tweeted about 3:45 p.m. About 228 firefighters responded, along with an […]

  • In March, the light trails of vehicles are shown moving up and down the California Incline in Santa Monica. Reconstruction of the deteriorating roadway is to scheduled to start April 20, 2015. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

    Yearlong Closure of Santa Monica’s California Incline Looms

    Westside traffic, already the stuff of legends, is expected to worsen dramatically with the closing Monday of the California Incline in Santa Monica for a complete reconstruction designed to keep the structure from collapsing in an earthquake. As part of a $20-million project, workers will begin demolishing the severely deteriorated road, technically a bridge, in anticipation of rebuilding it. The link, which descends from Ocean Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway, connecting the bluffs with the beach, is used by 15,000 […]

  • Dr. Kristi Krause on April 15, 2015, examines an Egyptian goose that was found with an arrow through its neck. (Credit: O.C. Animal Care)

    Goose Shot Through the Neck With Arrow Dies Following Surgery in O.C.

    An Egyptian goose that was seen wandering around the Anaheim Hills area for several days with an arrow shot clean through its neck died Wednesday after undergoing surgery at a veterinary clinic in Orange County. The bird was first spotted last week and reported to Orange County Animal Care, which was not able to capture the animal. Every time officers got close to the bird, it managed to fly away. Despite its gruesome injury, the goose appeared to be in good […]

  • A Vigil was held in Long Beach on Thursday for Jesse Yuth, who died trying to save a friend at Hermit Falls. (Credit: KTLA)

    Long Beach High School Student Who Died Trying to Save Friend at Hermit Falls Mourned at Vigil

    Family and friends gathered at an Army recruiting center in Long Beach on Thursday night to honor a Long Beach Polytechnic High School senior who died “a hero” on Wednesday as he tried to save the life of a female friend after the pair jumped from the top of Hermit Falls in the Angeles National Forest. At the vigil, Jesse Yuth’s grieving mother described her son as someone who was always there to help anyone who had a problem. “He […]

  • A still from surveillance video provided by LAPD shows a carjacking in West Hills that occurred April 4, 2015.

    Carjacking at West Hills Gas Station Caught on Video; LAPD Seeks Public’s Help

    Los Angeles police were asking for help Tuesday identifying a man who pushed a woman aside at a West Hills gas station and stole her car in an incident caught on surveillance video. The carjacking occurred about 8 a.m. Saturday at a gas station in the 22700 block of Vanowen Street, when the victim was filling the tank of her gray 2000 Toyota Camry. As she stood by the car, a man approached her on foot and threatened her with […]

  • The White House is seen on April 7, 2015. (Credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

    Widespread Power Outages Strike Washington, DC

    Widespread power outages hit across Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, affecting government and privately-owned buildings and the city’s public transit rail system intermittently early in the afternoon. The power outage in the Washington area was caused by a small explosion at a power transfer line in southern Maryland, according to a U.S. official. CNN has been told that The Department of Homeland Security is closely monitoring the ongoing power outage. The outage struck everything from the White House to the State […]

  • Construction related to Metro projects was impacting Leimert Park, and officials announced funds to compensate businesses on April 6, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Small Businesses Affected by Metro Construction Get Compensation Checks

    The first checks were delivered Monday for the Metro Business Interruption Fund, meant to help businesses impacted by construction on new rail lines and stations. Dave Mecham reports from Leimert Park for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on April 6, 2015. More videos:

  • Police tape surrounded a Metro bus in Echo Park after a shooting that left the driver with a graze wound on Sunday, April 5, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Echo Park Shooting Leaves Metro Bus Driver With Graze Wound; 1 Arrested

    A man in his 20s was arrested Sunday in connection with an Echo Park shooting that left a Metro bus driver with a graze wound, authorities said. The suspect was taken into custody less than two blocks from the scene, where he had earlier stood in the street and opened fire, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Transit Services Bureau. His name was not immediately released. The incident was reported about 2:50 p.m. near the intersection of North Coronado Street […]