Mark Kono
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Mark Kono is the pilot/reporter in Sky5 on the KTLA Morning News.

Mark is a home-grown Angeleno, born and raised in Hollywood. A professional helicopter pilot for over 25 years, his operational background includes electronic news gathering (ENG), executive charter, aerial photography, production, offshore and lifesaving medical flights.

His experience has taken him to various parts of the country, where he’s flown for several major media outlets including KSAZ-TV in Phoenix and KGO-TV in San Francisco, as well as KCBS-TV, KNBC-TV, KABC-TV and KTTV-TV in Los Angeles.

Honored with several Emmy awards for his work on the KTLA Morning News, he balances an active lifestyle with his wife, KTLA’s traffic anchor Ginger Chan.

They have a son and twin daughters who are, of course, big fans of the KTLA 5 Morning News.

His work has been recently featured in various publications, including Heliweb Magazine, the Hot Rod Network and Roadkill.

He is on Twitter at @MarkKonoSky5 and on Instagram at @MarkKonoSky5.


Recent Articles
  • Police and firefighters respond to a Metro Red Line Station in downtown L.A. after a person was hit by a train on May 22, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Person in ‘Grave Condition’ After Being Hit by Metro Train in Downtown L.A.

    A person was reported to be in “grave condition” after apparently being hit by a subway train in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday morning, officials said. The incident was reported about 8:15 a.m. at 899 W. Seventh St., the 7th Street/Metro Center Station, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The person was described only as male and firefighters were working to extricate him from the train station. Aerial video from Sky5 showed several fire trucks and Los Angeles Police Department […]

  • Officers responded to a call of a possibly armed man at Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana on May 15, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    O.C. Global Medical Center Lockdown Lifted After Call Regarding Man With Gun Prompts Police Response

    Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana was placed on lockdown for more than two hours as officials investigated a call regarding a man armed with a gun in the hospital, police said. The lockdown was subsequently lifted just after 11 a.m. after the hospital was rendered safe following an intense search, according to Santa Ana Police Department Chief David Valentin. Officers initially responded to the building, located in the 1000 block of North Tustin Avenue, about 8:15 a.m. […]

  • Officers respond to a crash on the 91 Freeway in the Buena Park area on April 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    1 Killed in 91 Freeway Crash in Buena Park Area: CHP

    One person died after a crash on the 91 Freeway in the Buena Park area early Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol. The collision happened on the Eastbound 91 Freeway near Beach Boulevard. No other injuries were reported, CHP spokesperson Monica Posada said. An incident involving a big rig also occurred on the southbound 5 Freeway near Beach Boulevard. Authorities provided no further information. Check back for updates on this developing story.

  • Officers apprehend a driver after a pursuit in West Hills on April 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAPD Officers Tackle Pursuit Suspect in West Hills

    LAPD officers tackled a pursuit suspect in West Hills after he got out of the car with several items, aerial video from Sky5 showed. It is unclear where or why the pursuit began, but aerial video showed the driver getting out of a cul-de-sac in a West Hills neighborhood and was seen discarding an item from his car. The driver then got out of the car holding a backpack and a skateboard. As the driver put the skateboard on the […]

  • A pair of whales were swimming in the San Gabriel River near the Marina Drive Bridge, off the coast of Seal Beach on March 26, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Whales Spotted Swimming in San Gabriel River Wow Onlookers at Seal Beach Coast

    A pair of whales drew a crowd of onlookers as the giant marine mammals swam in shallow river waters near the shore of Seal Beach on Monday. The two whales, each roughly 22 feet long, were spotted in the San Gabriel River near the Marina Drive bridge, Seal Beach lifeguards told KTLA just after 10 a.m. They were first seen in the river on Sunday, lifeguards said. Wildlife officials told KTLA the whales did not appear to be stuck, but […]

  • LAPD officers block traffic in downtown Los Angeles on March 13, 2018, in advance of President Trump's visit. (Credit: KTLA)

    Downtown L.A. Road Closures Snarl Traffic Around Wilshire Grand Ahead of President’s Visit

    The gridlock in downtown Los Angeles was even worse than usual Tuesday morning as authorities blocked off key streets surrounding the Wilshire Grand Center ahead of President Trump’s visit to Southern California. Video from the scene showed motorists navigating closures in the city’s heart. The Wilshire Grand announced to its tenants and workers that a VIP or high-security visitor was expected at the hotel on Tuesday, which lines up with Trump’s first visit to the state since becoming president. The […]

  • Authorities investigate a fatal crash on the 101 Freeway in Studio City on March 9, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Fatal Crash Involving Possible Bicyclist Prompts Lane Closures on EB 101 Freeway Through Studio City Area

    A fatal crash, possibly involving a bicyclist on the 101 Freeway in the Studio City area, is under investigation Friday morning. The crash occurred about 6:11 a.m. near Laurel Canyon Boulevard on the eastbound side of the 101 Freeway, the Los Angeles Fire Department stated. The crash was described as an auto versus pedestrian. Officials found the body of a victim in the center lane of the freeway, the Fire Department stated. No identification or age for the victim was […]

  • An injured hiker was rescued on March 6, 2018, after apparently falling down a ravine in Griffith Park. (Credit: KTLA)

    Hiker Rescued After Apparent Fall in Griffith Park That May Have Happened Two Days Earlier

    A hiker who possibly fell down a ravine in Griffith Park two days ago was rescued on Tuesday, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. The hiker, an approximately 60-year-old man, was discovered conscious but unable to walk around 8:50 a.m., according to an LAFD alert. Responding crews located the injured man at the bottom of a ravine, in an area of rugged and remote terrain mid-way between the Griffith Observatory and the Old Los Angeles Zoo, authorities said. He may […]

  • A woman was found dead at the entrance of a park in Sylmar on Feb. 23, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Dies After Being Stabbed in the Chest in Sylmar Park; Attacker Sought: LAPD

    Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a young woman who was found stabbed to death near the entrance of a park in Sylmar Friday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. About 6:15 a.m., officers were called out to Carey Ranch Park, in the 15000 block of Crestknoll Drive, after receiving a report of a possible body inside, said LAPD Officer Tony Kuey. A park ranger discovered the body in a grassy area adjacent to the parking lot […]