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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.

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  • Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore speaks during a mid-Alabama Republican Club's Veterans Day event on November 11, 2017 in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. (Credit: Wes Frazer/Getty Images)

    GOP Leaders Call for Roy Moore to Quit Alabama Race, Threaten to Expel Him From Senate if He Wins

    Amid new allegations that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore molested teenage girls decades ago, GOP leaders intensified their calls Monday for him to quit the race, even threatening to expel Moore if he wins. The accusations against Moore have thrown the GOP into a crisis, splintering the party and risking defeat in the Dec. 12 special election, for which polls show Democrat Doug Jones now has a narrow lead in the Deep South state. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called on […]

  • Beverly Young Nelson appears at a press conference on Nov. 13, 2017, where she spoke about Senate candidate Roy Moore and said he assaulted her when she was 16. (Credit: CNN)

    Alabama Woman Accuses Roy Moore of Sexually Assaulting Her at 16

    An Alabama woman alleges Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager, her attorney Gloria Allred said Monday. Allred said her client, Beverly Young Nelson, would be willing to testify under oath and called on the Senate judiciary committee to hold a hearing and subpoena Moore. “Mr. Moore attacked me when I was a child,” Nelson said, adding that she was 15 when he began flirting with her and 16 at the time of […]

  • Man Arrested After Allegedly Placing Chemical Weapon at Oxnard Walmart

    A 31-year-old man was arrested this week after he allegedly placed a chemical weapon inside an Oxnard Walmart last month, officials said. The incident occurred about 11:45 a.m. June 18 at a Walmart in the 2700 block of Saviers Road, Oxnard police said in a news release. Responding officers found the device and identified it as a “possible improvised chemical weapon.” The building was then evacuated and a hazardous material team rendered the device safe after six hours, officials said. Walmart […]

  • 2 Cal State Fullerton Students Stabbed on Fraternity Row; Attackers Sought

    Two Cal State Fullerton students were stabbed near the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity house on Sunday morning, according to the university’s police department. The students were stabbed during an altercation with two possible attackers in an alley near 2117 Teri Place, close to the north side of campus, a news release from Cal State Fullerton University Police stated. The victims, both identified only as male students, were believed to be in their late teens or early 20s, said university police Capt. Williams. The […]

  • Los Angeles Rams Fans Shell Out Big Bucks for Parking at Preseason Game

    At parking spots around the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, operators charged $50, $80 and even $100 to park for the Los Angeles Rams preseason game on Saturday. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 p.m. on Aug. 20, 2016.

  • Devastating Blue Cut Fire Destroys 96 Homes, Burns About 58 Square Miles

    The devastating Blue Cut Fire that has destroyed 96 homes and scorched nearly 58 square miles, or 37,000 acres, in San Bernardino County, authorities said Friday, the fourth day of the blaze. Fire officials had previously said “a lot” of homes were destroyed by the blaze, which began in the Cajon Pass about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. At a Friday morning news conference, county Fire Department Chief Mark Hartwig announced that 96 single-family homes had been destroyed. Three others had significant damage, he said. […]

  • Man Charged in ‘Hot Prowls’ Was in Custody in Pasadena Incident When Tipster ID’d Him: LAPD

    A 34-year-old man with a long criminal record has been identified as the suspect in a string of “hot prowl” burglaries and two attempted sexual assaults in various neighborhoods across Los Angeles, police said Thursday. Russell Malcolm Harris was already in jail when police got a tip from a woman who knows him that he was the individual being shown in surveillance video released earlier this month, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Joe Losorelli said. Harris was arrested Aug. 9 […]

  • Blue Cut Fire: Full List of Mandatory Evacuations, Road and School Closures

    A destructive wildfire in San Bernardino County exploded in size overnight to 25,600 acres as it continued to burn out of control Wednesday. The Blue Cut Fire remained 4 percent contained, and federal officials described the threat to public safety, rail traffic and structures in the Cajon Pass, Lytle Creek, Wrightwood, Oak Hills and surrounding areas as “imminent.” Click here for the latest information on the Blue Cut Fire. Nearly 35,000 homes are under evacuation orders, impacting more than 82,000 residents, […]

  • Second Type of Mosquito That Carries Zika Virus Discovered in Mission Viejo

    A second type of mosquito that carries the Zika virus has been discovered in Mission Viejo, according to a Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District official. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Aug. 14, 2016.