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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
  • Actress Nanette Fabray, Who Won Tony and Emmy Awards, Dies at 97

    Nanette Fabray, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comedy star whose work with Sid Caesar on the classic 1950s TV comedy-variety show “Caesar’s Hour” earned her three Emmy Awards and a lifetime of television work, has died. She was 97. Fabray, whose early hearing problem spurred her to become a high-profile advocate for the hearing impaired, died Thursday of natural causes in Palos Verdes, her son, Jamie MacDougall, said. Fabray had won a Tony for best actress in the 1949 musical […]

  • A home on Weidlake Drive in the Hollywood Hills that drew scrutiny in 2015 for hosting loud parties. (Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

    L.A. City Council to Impose New Fines in Crackdown on ‘Party Houses’

    The Los Angeles City Council approved a measure Wednesday that seeks to crack down on so-called party houses by imposing new fines on both event hosts and homeowners. The ordinance targets residences in the Hollywood Hills and other hillside neighborhoods that have become semi-commercial venues with valet parking, red carpets and security guards. Critics say that homeowners and property managers rent out the residences to hosts who throw lavish bashes with booze and loud music, drawing hundreds of revelers. The […]

  • A woman clutches her coat close as she bundles up in colder than usual weather in the Los Angeles area amid frigid temperatures. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

    With Colder Weather in the Air, L.A. Area Residents Bundle Up in Warm Winter Clothes

    Hoodies and jackets were the uniform for residents and commuters in Los Angeles pm Tuesday, as a cold snap had Angelenos digging for little-used winter clothing. The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for parts of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, with the coldest weather expected from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday. Downtown had a low temperature of 40 degrees Tuesday, as Angelenos like Alex Garcia, 30, waited at bus stops in layers […]

  • Sheriff's officials respond to a death investigation in the Littlerock area on Feb. 20, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Men Found Dead in Littlerock Area; Sheriff’s Homicide Investigators Responding

    Sheriff’s homicide investigators are responding to a property in a rural area near Littlerock where a “death investigation” is underway Tuesday afternoon after two men were found deceased. Authorities were called to the property in the 10600 block of Hampel Avenue between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m., according to Lt. Robert Farkas of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Palmdale Station. They arrived there after receiving a call about a “person down” and soon learned that a family member visiting the property […]

  • Crime scene tape surrounds a bar in Colton where a shooting killed a 31-year-old woman on Feb. 18, 2018. (Credit: Inland News)

    Woman Killed in Colton Bar Shooting: Police

    A 31-year-old woman was killed in a Colton bar shooting early Sunday, police said. The incident occurred about 1:40 a.m. inside Linko’s Cocktail Lounge, along the 100 block of East Valley Boulevard. Police responded to several calls of shots heard and a person down. Arriving officers found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body, Sgt. Ray Mendez told KTLA at the scene. The victim was taken to a hospital, where she eventually died, Mendez said. The […]

  • Jose Rosales is seen in a photo provided by his family on Feb. 15, 2018.

    Father of 7 Fatally Shot During Robbery at Car Stereo Shop in South Gate: LASD

    Authorities asked for any information Thursday about an armed robbery that left a father of seven dead in South Gate. Officers responded to reports of shots fired at a car stereo business in the 13100 block of Paramount Boulevard at 3 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. They discovered a man suffering from gunshot wounds and pronounced him dead at the scene. Video from the business captured a man kicking the door to get in while the victim […]

  • Authorities investigate the scene where a pickup driving the wrong way crashed into a motorcyclist on the 405 Freeway in Torrance on Feb. 4, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suspected DUI Driver Arrested After Motorcyclist Killed in Wrong-Way Crash on 405 Freeway in Torrance

    A motorcyclist was dead and a pickup truck driver was arrested following a collision on the 405 Freeway in Torrance early Sunday morning, officers said. Torrance firefighters first responded to the scene, in the southbound lanes between the exits for Artesia and Crenshaw boulevards, around 3 a.m. Footage from the scene showed wreckage from the fiery crash strewn more than 200 yards across the roadway. The remains of the mangled Harley-Davidson motorcycle were barely recognizable, while the Dodge pickup had […]

  • Protest Held Against Pico Rivera Teacher Captured on Video Making Anti-Military Comments

    A protest was held in Pico Rivera on Friday against Gregory Salcido, the El Rancho High School teacher who was recently captured on video ranting in a classroom about the military and insulting service members’ intelligence. Dave Mecham reports from Pico Rivera for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Feb. 2, 2018.

  • Police and emergency crews respond to Sal Castro Middle School following a shooting on Feb. 1, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    12-Year-Old Girl Booked on Gun Charge After 2 Students Shot at Sal Castro Middle School; Shooting ‘Not Intentional’: LAPD

    A 12-year-old girl has been booked on a charge of negligent discharge of a firearm after a shooting in a classroom at Sal Castro Middle School in the Westlake district on Thursday morning left five people injured, including two students who sustained gunshot wounds, authorities said. The shooting was described as “not intentional” by Los Angeles Police Department Spokesman Josh Rubenstein. LAPD officials said it appears the girl did not plan to shoot when she brought the gun into school. Two […]