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Dave Mecham is a general assignment reporter for KTLA 5 News.

Dave’s love of Los Angeles is a big piece of what he enjoys about the job.

Before KTLA, Dave reported for LA’s KCBS and KCAL. Other chapters included E! Entertainment Television’s distribution and marketing department. Dave was also a writer/producer for Entertainment Tonight’s Leeza Gibbons.

Dave grew up in Spokane, Washington, with stops in Honolulu and Barbados. He studied at the University of Washington in Seattle; UC Santa Barbara; and the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Dave is fan of modernist architecture and a member of the Los Angeles Conservancy, an organization that advocates for the preservation of historic places.


Recent Articles
  • This photo was posted on Sandeep Thottapilly's Facebook page on Oct. 22, 2013.

    After Valencia Family Disappears on Road Trip, CHP Investigating Possible Link to Vehicle That Crashed Into NorCal River

    Friends and relatives are asking for help in an ongoing search for a family of four from Valencia who left on a spring break road trip late last month but hasn’t been seen or heard from in several days, and now authorities are looking whether their vehicle went into a rain-swollen river in Mendocino County. Sandeep Thottapilly, 42, took his family up the West Coast on a trip to Portland, Oregon, on March 30. They were planning to stop in […]

  • An LAPD is put on a gurney after a shooting in Reseda on April 9, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 LAPD Officers Injured After Police Shooting in Reseda Area; Suspect Dead

    Two LAPD officers were injured in a police shooting in the Reseda area Monday morning and the suspect was killed, officials said. The incident occurred just after 10 a.m., following a pursuit, near the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Corbin Avenue on the border of Reseda and Winnetka, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Two male officers were loaded into ambulances at the scene, aerial video from Sky5 showed. One officer had cuts and scratches, while the other had […]

  • A specialty train is seen at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles on April 8, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Amtrak Ends Operation of Most Specialty Trains; Petition to Reverse Move Gains Support

    More than 10,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to reverse Amtrak’s decision to end operations of specialty trains. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News at 10 on April 8, 2018.

  • Man Beaten Up After Chasing Down Trio Who Were Possibly Tampering With His Car: Garden Grove Police

    Police are searching for three individuals who assaulted a man after he interrupted them as they possibly tampered with his vehicle in Garden Grove Thursday night, police said. Officers initially responded about 10:50 p.m. to the area of Brookhurst Street and Central Avenue regarding a fight in progress, according to a Garden Grove Police Department news release. Police learned that the victim confronted and chased the trio after witnessing them loitering around his car and possibly tampering with it. At […]

  • From left to right Jesse Graham, Crystal Conant, Jordan Kory and Jason Bissell are shown in photos released by the Fontana Police Department on April 4, 2018.

    4 Arrested in Connection With Stealing More Than $100K Worth of Equipment, Property: Fontana PD

    Four people have been arrested in connection with allegedly stealing more than $100,000 worth of equipment and property in the Fontana area, police announced Wednesday. An investigation began about 6 a.m. Tuesday when officials at a business called Tec Equipment reported a burglary. Responding investigators with the Fontana Police Department discovered that construction equipment, including a black Ford Ranger with business decals on it, had been stolen. The suspects apparently also used a forklift from the business to load the […]

  • Security Increased at Whittier Schools After Recent Burglaries

    Security has increased at some schools in Whittier in response to a rash of burglaries that have occurred in the area over the course of a few months. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on April 3, 2018.

  • People were being evicted from the homeless encampment by the Santa Ana Civic Center on April 2, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Homeless Being Evicted From Santa Ana Civic Center Area

    Authorities on Monday were beginning the process of evicting hundreds of homeless people from an encampment by the Santa Ana Civic Center. Dave Mecham reports from Santa Ana for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on April 2, 2018.

  • Isaias De Jesus Valencia, suspected of killing a Pomona police officer, is taken into custody following a lengthy standoff with police on March 10, 2018; and Officer Gregg Casillas is seen in an undated photo. (Credit: Irfan Kahn/Los Angeles Times, left; Pomona Police Department, right)

    Officials ID Man Accused of Killing Pomona Police Officer, Injuring Another Amid Hours-Long Standoff

    A man who allegedly shot and killed a Pomona police officer and injured another has been taken into custody following an 15-hour standoff with authorities Saturday. Isaias De Jesus Valencia, 39, is suspected of killing Greggory Casillas, 30, who had been with the department since 2014 and leaves behind a wife and two small children, officials said. Los Angeles County coroner’s officials had originally given a different spelling of the officer’s first name. Valencia was expected to be charged with murdering […]

  • Construction on Kagel Canyon Home Leads to ‘Nuts’ Discovery Hidden in the Walls, Homeowner Says

    When Janeece Flint began the process of remodeling her recently purchased Kagel Canyon home, she could never have imagined the bizarre discovery workers would stumble upon during construction. Earlier this week, roofers were starting a project on the two-story house when one of them pulled back the old shingles on the structure. Suddenly, a massive amount of apparent nuts came pouring out, according to the homeowner. That was only the beginning, she said. “We poked a little hole in there […]