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
  • Head coach Steve Sarkisian of the USC Trojans looks on in the game against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on Nov. 22, 2014, in Pasadena.  (Credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

    USC Football Coach Sarkisian Apologizes After Using Expletive, Slurring Words at Campus Event

    What was supposed to be an event to fire up the faithful for the upcoming season has turned into an embarrassment for USC and football Coach Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian on Sunday apologized for his behavior and language during Saturday night’s “Salute to Troy,” an annual event on campus where coaches and players are introduced to boosters and fans. The head coach’s presentation typically includes his introducing every assistant, but Sarkisian didn’t make it that far, according to multiple people who […]

  • City firefighters worked Aug. 21, 2015, outside a building where an explosion occurred the previous night. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Thunderous Explosion’ Rocks Downtown L.A. High-Rise Office Building; 4 Injured: LAFD

    An investigation was underway Friday after a “thunderous explosion” rocked the basement of a high-rise building in the Financial District of downtown L.A. the previous night, leaving four people with minor injuries, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. About 161 firefighters responded to 811 Wilshire Blvd. shortly after 10:10 p.m. and found evidence of an explosion and fire on a subterranean level of the 22-story office building, according to an LAFD news release. In addition to smoke and flames, crews also […]

  • Malcolm Croxton's 1962 E-Series Jaguar was burned in the North Fire in July. (Credit: KTLA)

    $50K Vintage Jaguar Delivered to New Owner Weeks After Being Scorched on 15 Fwy During North Fire

    The charred remains of a $50,000 vintage Jaguar were finally delivered this week to its new owner in Torrance after being scorched when the North Fire engulfed a number of vehicles trapped on the 15 Freeway in July. Retired fighter jet mechanic Malcolm Croxton was waiting for his newly purchased 1962 Jaguar E-Series to be delivered when he got a call from a friend about a rapidly spreading fire in the Cajon Pass. “A friend of mine called me.  He’d seen it […]

  • Firefighters battle the Cabin Fire in triple-digit heat on Aug. 14, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Improved Mapping Shows Cabin Fire Is 1,448 Acres, 20% Contained

    Improved mapping on Sunday showed the Cabin Fire, which had burned five structures in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, was smaller than initially thought and 20 percent contained, according to fire officials. Dave Mecham reports from Azusa for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. More videos:

  • Police were investigating the scene of fatal shooting of a woman by LAPD officers responding to a report of a robbery in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw area on Aug. 12, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Killed by LAPD After Robbery Reported at Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Pharmacy

    A woman who was allegedly armed with a large knife was fatally shot by police after a report of a robbery at a pharmacy in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw area on Wednesday. The call about a strong-arm robbery came into police about 1:40 p.m., an LAPD spokeswoman said. A woman in her 30s had demanded cash at the Stocker Prescription Pharmacy in the 3700 block of Santa Rosalia Drive, police Lt. Meghan Aguilar said on scene. Responding officers found a female suspect […]

  • A photo provided to KTLA shows tiny houses created in San Pedro on Aug. 11, 2015.

    Tiny, Mobile Houses for the Homeless Raise Ire in San Pedro

    Tiny wooden homes on wheels, roughly the size of garden sheds, have popped up on San Pedro streets as a temporary way to house the homeless. The wooden structures are reminiscent of the small home created by a South Los Angeles man that became famous through a viral video, drawing millions of viewers on YouTube and spurring tens of thousands of dollars in donations to build more tiny homes for those in need. But after a handful of similar structures […]

  • The Olympics last came to Los Angeles in 1984, when the city refused to sign a guarantee that it would cover financial overruns. (Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)

    L.A. Pushes to Be US Candidate for 2024 Summer Olympics; Projects $4 Billion Cost

    Los Angeles is close to reaching an agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee to be America’s candidate for the 2024 Summer Games, pledging to host the event at a projected cost of approximately $4 billion and offering a guarantee that the city would cover any financial overruns, officials involved with the bid said Monday. In an interview with The Times’ editorial board Monday morning, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he is pushing in his effort to secure L.A.’s slot as the […]

  • A sign posted on Aug. 10, 2015, at a Chatsworth 7-Eleven refers to a winning ticket sold at the store. (Credit: KTLA)

    Lotto Seeks Purchaser of Winning Ticket, Sold in Chatsworth, That’s Worth $63 Million

    A lotto ticket worth $63 million was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chatsworth, and California Lottery officials were waiting Monday for the lucky winner to come forward. The SuperLotto Plus ticket was sold at 20871 Lassen St. with numbers 46-1-33-30-16 and the Mega number 24, the lottery announced Sunday. The odds of hitting the jackpot were about 1 in 42 million. Whoever has the winning ticket has 180 days to claim his or her prize — a lump-sum, one-time payout […]

  • Bicyclists ride down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena during a CicLAvia in May. (Credit: Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times)

    CicLAvia Participants Set to Make Their Way Through Culver City, Venice on Sunday

    Thousands of bicyclists, skaters, runners and pedestrians are expected to take over the streets of Culver City and Venice on Sunday for the latest edition of CicLAvia. The popular bike festival, which is held in different locations throughout the year, is intended to encourage people to abandon their cars for the day to explore their environment in other ways. The idea is to promote a clean environment and good health. The Westside course will stretch six miles along Washington and […]