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
  • Several homes were flooded after a water main ruptured in Redlands on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (Credit: LoudLabs)

    Several Homes Flooded After Water Main Rupture in Redlands

    Several homes were flooded after a water main ruptured in a residential area of Redlands. Dave Mecham reports from Redlands for the KTLA 5 News at 10 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

  • A woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Sherman Oaks on Oct. 4, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    19-Year-Old Woman Fatally Struck in Sherman Oaks Hit-and-Run; Driver Sought

    Police were searching for a driver who hit a female pedestrian in Sherman Oaks then fled the scene, leaving the young woman to die near the roadway early Sunday, authorities said. Around 2:20 a.m., the victim was crossing Moorpark Street near Matilija Avenue with a man when a car plowed into her, according to Sgt. Jodie McGee of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division. The force of the collision knocked the woman to the curb, he said. She […]

  • Construction on the Target building under construction at Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue in Hollywood was halted in August 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    Hollywood Target ‘Eyesore’ Still Being Discussed by City Planners

    What to do about an unfinished Target in Hollywood, which was called an “eyesore” by one resident, was still up for debate Friday during a city planning meeting. Dave Mecham reports from Hollywood for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Oct. 2, 2015.

  • A file photo of school buses is pictured. (Credit: KTLA)

    New Device Aims to Make School Buses Safer Following Whittier Student’s Death

    A new device was expected to be installed in Whittier school buses in an attempt to make them safer after a student was found dead inside one two weeks ago. Dave Mecham reports from Whittier for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015.

  • This picture of James Lyle Lieneke Jr., who was fatally shot in Downey on April 19, 2015, was posted at a police news conference in September.

    Surveillance Video Released in Shooting Death of Downey Teen

    Surveillance video depicting a confrontation leading up to the fatal shooting of a teen in Downey was released by investigators on Thursday. James Lyle Lieneke Jr., 19, was shot and killed while walking with two people on Woodruff Avenue, south of Firestone Boulevard, on April 19 around 2:45 a.m., according to investigators at a Thursday news conference. Surveillance video captured by a local business showed a dark-colored sedan pulling up to the curb where Lieneke was walking before the driver […]

  • Protesters hold signs in their protest of Kapparot in the Fairfax district on Sept. 22, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Animal Rights Activists Target Kapparot, Jewish Atonement Ritual, in Fairfax District

    Protesters went to the Fairfax District Tuesday to target the Kapparot ritual, which involves the slaughter of chickens on the eve of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Sept. 22, 2015.

  • One person was found dead in an apartment fire in Westwood on Sept. 21, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Death of UCLA Student Found in Burning Apartment Near Campus Being Investigated as Potential Homicide

    The death of a woman believed to be a UCLA student whose body was found in a burning, smoke-filled apartment Monday morning was being investigated as a potential homicide, according to a news release from university officials. The fire was reported at a two-story apartment building in the 10900 block of Roebling Avenue (map) in Westwood at 7:05 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. “We got the fire extinguisher, but it was just too big to put it out,” […]

  • A fire is seen at a commercial building in Culver City on Sept. 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Firefighters Extinguish Blaze at Commercial Building in Culver City

    About 100 firefighters worked to extinguish a blaze at a three-story commercial building in Culver City on Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire broke out on the third floor of the building, located at 11869 Teale St., around 7:35 a.m., Deputy Chief Joseph Castro said. Heavy fire was found on the third floor, prompting firefighters to move into defensive mode. After nearly two hours, some 100 firefighters knocked down the greater-alarm structure fire. No injuries were […]

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    Halloween Horror Nights Kicks Off at Universal Studios

    Dave Mecham reports from Universal Studios for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015.