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Mark Mester is a general assignment reporter for KTLA 5 News. He joined the team in May 2014.

If you ever want to have a long conversation with Mark, just ask him where he’s from.

He was born in Budapest, Hungary, and immigrated to America in 1986. He’s called Pennsylvania, New York City, Connecticut, Florida and beautiful California home.

He loves hearing and reporting great stories, and let’s just say he likes talking, too.

Mark has held jobs both behind and in front of the camera but credits his growth in this business to the time he spent in Santa Barbara, California, working with the talented veterans at KEYT-TV.

When Mark isn’t reporting, you’ll find him in the water surfing, on the tennis court or devouring a delicious bowl of gelato.

Feel free to email or tweet with stories, or if you just want to say “hi.”

Recent Articles
  • A stretch of Corona del Mar State Beach was evacuated after a woman was possibly bitten by a shark. (Credit: Francis Piolo / Instagram)

    Possible Shark Attack Leaves Corona Del Mar Swimmer With ‘Traumatic’ Injuries, Authorities Say

    A portion of Corona del Mar State Beach was evacuated after a swimmer was bitten in a possible shark attack Sunday afternoon, according to the Newport Beach Fire Department. About 4:10 p.m., a rescue boat picked up the injured female, who had suffered “traumatic injuries,” Battalion Chief Brent Jacobsen of the Fire Department said. She appeared to have an animal bite wound on her torso, according to a statement from Tara Finnigan, the public information manager for Newport Beach. The beachgoer’s wounds […]

  • The ocean off of Newport Beach is seen in a file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    Annual Beach Report Card Reveals Cleaner SoCal Water Quality Is Side Effect of Drought

    First, the good news: For the second year running, water quality at Southern California beaches has shown marked improvement. The bad news? The cleaner summertime surf is a side effect of the state’s ongoing drought, according to a report released Thursday. In 2015, 97% of Southern California beaches received an A or B grade for water quality during the busy summer months, according to the annual Beach Report Card released by Heal the Bay, an environmental group. That’s up three […]

  • An apparent GoPro camera captured an alleged student prank on the William S. Hart High School campus.

    Video Captures Motorcyclist Riding Through High School Campus in Santa Clarita

    A motorcyclist tore through William S. Hart High School in Santa Clarita in an alleged senior prank that was caught on camera and has prompted an investigation. Mark Mester reports from Santa Clarita for the KTLA 5 Morning News on May 26, 2016.  

  • An investigation was underway following a fatal crash in Westwood on May 24, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Investigation Underway Following Fatal Crash in Westwood

    An investigation was underway Tuesday morning following a fatal crash in Westwood. Mark Mester reports from Westwood for the KTLA 5 Morning News on May 24, 2016.

  • Investigators respond to the scene of a fatal shooting in Wilmington on May 22, 2016. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

    Motorcyclist Shot, Killed in Wilmington; Gunman Sought

    Police asked the public for help Monday in their search for a gunman who fatally shot a motorcyclist in Wilmington the night before. The shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of West D Street and Gulf Avenue, said Sgt. Pinel with the Los Angeles Police Department. Responding officers found the motorcyclist, later identified by the Police Department as 34-year-old Julio Cesar Pena, down in the street with multiple gunshot wounds, Pinel said. Paramedics with the Los Angeles Fire Department pronounced Pena dead at […]

  • A bicyclist died after being struck by a car in Panorama City on May 19, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Bicyclist Fatally Struck in Panorama City; Police Call Crash a ‘Tragic Accident’

    A bicyclist died Thursday morning after being struck by a car in a Panorama City crash that was described as a “tragic accident” by police. The crash occurred on Woodman Avenue just north of Strathern Street about 5:42 a.m., said Capt. Beverly Lewis with the Los Angeles Police Department. The motorist was traveling northbound on Woodman Avenue when he struck a person who was riding a bicycle and pulling a shopping cart, Lewis said. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at […]

  • A fiery crash involving three vehicles in Van Nuys was under investigation Thursday. (Credit: RMG News)

    Fiery Van Nuys Crash Involving 3 Vehicles Under Investigation

    A fiery crash involving three vehicles in Van Nuys was under investigation Thursday. Mark Mester reports from Van Nuys for the KTLA 5 Morning News on May 19, 2016.

  • A broken water main flooded at least one house in Hollywood Hills on May 18, 2016. (Credit: RMG News)

    Sheared Fire Hydrant Floods At Least 1 Home in Hollywood Hills

    At least one home was flooded in Hollywood Hills Wednesday morning after what LADWP later described as sheared fire hydrant incident. Mark Mester reports from Hollywood Hills for the KTLA 5 Morning News on May 18, 2016.

  • Bernie Sanders wrapped up his west coast campaign swing with a rally at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on Aug. 10, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Bernie Sanders to Hold Rally in Carson

    Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders was scheduled to hold a rally in Carson Tuesday evening. Mark Mester reports from Carson for the KTLA 5 Morning News on May 17, 2016.