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 surfer is seen near the Wedge in Newport Beach on Monday, March 30, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    High Surf Pounds Southern California Beaches

    A large swell is producing high surf along the Southern California coast. Dave Mecham reports from Laguna Beach for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Monday, March 30, 2015.

  • Pasadena police released these surveillance photos of four people wanted in connection with the robbery and assault of an 87-year-old man that occurred Friday, March 27, 2015.

    Man, 87, in Critical Condition After Being Robbed, Assaulted Near Rose Bowl; 4 Sought

    An 87-year-old man was critically injured after being robbed and assaulted while out for his morning walk near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, police said Saturday. Pedestrians called 911 after finding the elderly victim lying on the ground on West Drive north of Salvia Canyon Road just after 5 a.m. on Friday, according to the Pasadena Police Department. The victim had sustained major head trauma and remained hospitalized in critical but stable condition the following day. His pouch, which contained […]

  • Kenneth Rasmuson is seen in a photo on the Idaho state police's sex offender registry.

    Convicted Child Molester Arrested in 1981 Killing of 6-Year-Old Boy in Pomona

    A registered sex offender convicted of sexual crimes against children has been arrested in Idaho in connection with the 1981 cold case homicide of a 6-year-old Anaheim Hills boy, police announced Saturday. Kenneth Rasmuson, 53, was taken into custody Friday in Sandpoint, Idaho, according to a news release from the Pomona Police Department. DNA evidence linked Rasmuson to the 6-year-old Jeffrey Vargo’s death, police said. The victim’s partially-clad body was discovered by two workers at a Pomona construction site on […]

  • A piano was placed on a mountaintop in Topanga for a music video. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mystery Solved: Piano Was Placed on Mountaintop in Topanga for Music Video

    A piano was placed atop a mountain in Topanga for a music video, a recording artist revealed. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Friday, March 27, 2015.

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    CicLAvia Makes 2015, San Fernando Valley Debut; Street Closures in Effect

    CicLAvia made its 2015 debut Sunday with another first – a visit to the San Fernando Valley. The event temporarily removes vehicles from the road in an effort to promote other means of transportation, such as bikes, skating and walking. Sunday’s event was scheduled to take place on Ventura and Lankershim boulevards, from Studio City to North Hollywood between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The towing of vehicles parked along the route was expected to begin at 1 a.m. Sunday, the CicLAvia […]

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    Dog Credited With Saving Swimmers From Dangerous Rip Currents in Ventura

    Two swimmers at a Ventura beach were rescued Thursday from dangerous rip currents — not by a lifeguard — but by a dog. The dog’s owners said the 3-year-old Bernese mountain dog ran into the ocean after a couple started screaming for help. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Friday, March 20, 2015. Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly described the breed of dog involved in the rescue. The report has been updated to […]

  • Water flowed through streets near the Eagle Rock Reservoir on March 16, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Thousands of Gallons Wasted as DWP Drains Corroded Pipe in Eagle Rock

    Thousands of gallons of water coursing unimpeded down the streets of Eagle Rock amid the state’s ongoing drought left some Northeast Los Angeles residents astonished on Monday. The water was gushing from a pipe that needed to be fixed so that the Eagle Rock Reservoir can undergo improvements, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Coming just a few days after a NASA/JPL scientist warned in an eye-popping Los Angeles Times opinion piece that California […]

  • A search was underway after two Los Angeles police officers were injured in a shooting. (Credit: KTLA)

    Two LAPD Officers Wounded in South L.A. Shooting

    Two Los Angeles police officers were wounded by gunfire Sunday afternoon, spawning a massive manhunt for the shooters that shut down several blocks in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The officers were wearing plainclothes and driving on Broadway near 65th Street around 5:45 p.m. when they were fired upon, Det. Meghan Aguilar said. “At this time, the officers believe they were the target of the gunfire,” said Aguilar, cautioning that the investigation is in the preliminary stage. “There’s going to […]

  • The ASICS L.A. Marathon website posted this list of race-related road and freeway ramp closures.

    L.A. Marathon Road Closures Scheduled to Go Into Effect Early Sunday

    The running of the 30th L.A. Marathon Sunday once again means a number of streets and freeway ramps will be closed to accommodate some 26,000 runners who are expected to take part in the annual 26.2-mile race. Road and ramp closures on the eastern-stretch of the course will begin at 3 a.m., hours before the official start of the marathon at Dodger Stadium. Most of the closures in the downtown L.A. area should be lifted before 10:30 a.m., after the […]