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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
  • Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights after a woman was allegedly robbed, carjacked and kidnapped on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. She was rescued without incident after a lengthy pursuit, police said. (Credit: KTLA)

    Pursuit Ends in Bloomington After Kidnapping, Carjacking in Boyle Heights, Police Say

    A 24-year-old man was taken into custody Thursday morning after allegedly robbing, carjacking and kidnapping a woman in Boyle Heights and leading police on a pursuit that ended about 50 miles away in Bloomington, authorities said. The suspect, identified Thursday afternoon as Ivan Zamora, was being held on suspicion of kidnapping for robbery, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Michael Morrisseau said. The incident began about 1 a.m. when a man armed with a semi-automatic weapon approached a man and woman at […]

  • A Los Angeles parking sign is seen in a file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    New Film Incentives Prompt Need for More Street Closure Signs, Funds: LADOT

    With new film incentives expected to bring more productions to the streets of Los Angeles in 2015, more temporary no-parking signs will be needed — along with additional funds to pay for them and workers to handle installations,  officials said. The city spends $9.5 million annually on more than 558,000 temporary signs, about 52 percent of which are for filming projects, according to a memo written by Department of Transportation General Manager Jon Kirk Mukri and addressed to the City […]

  • Eight firefighters were injured while battling a fire in Venice that broke out Oct. 25, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    8 Firefighters Injured While Battling ‘Stubborn’ Blaze at Venice Storage Facility: LAFD

    Eight firefighters were injured while battling a blaze at a Venice storage facility, which took over 14 hours to knockdown, fire department officials said Sunday. Over 200 firefighters had worked to extinguish a fire at the Extra Space Storage facility located in the 600 block of Venice Boulevard (map), which broke out around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Of seven firefighters injured, five were treated for heat exhaustion, one sustained small burns and another had a back injury. Three were hospitalized and were […]

  • Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal is seen in a photo posted to Facebook.

    Riverside Marine, 19, Dies in Iraq; Is Second Military Member to Die in US Mission Against ISIS

    A 19 year-old Marine from Riverside has died in Iraq, becoming the second U.S. military member to die as the U.S. fights the advance of Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, a specialist in the use of mortars, died in a “non-combat related incident” Thursday in Baghdad, the Department of Defense announced Friday. The incident is under investigation. Neal, who enlisted in 2013, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment at Twentynine […]

  • Jaylen Fryberg is shown in a photo posted to his Facebook page on Aug. 13, 2014.

    Homecoming Prince Opens Fire in Washington State School Cafeteria; 2 Dead, 4 Wounded

    The shooter who opened fire Friday morning at Washington state’s Marysville-Pilchuck High School played football and was recently named to the homecoming court. Freshman Jaylen Fryberg was in the school’s cafeteria, went up to a table with students, “came up from behind … and fired about six bullets into the backs of them,” witness Jordan Luton told CNN. “They were his friends, so it wasn’t just random,” Luton said. The attacker shot five people, killing one, authorities said. A federal […]

  • Family members identified Jamarion Thomas as the 7-year-old boy fatally struck and killed by an ice cream truck in South L.A. on Oct. 22, 2014.

    Family Identifies 7-Year-Old Fatally Struck by Ice Cream Truck in South L.A.

    Family members identified Thursday a 7-year-old boy who was fatally struck by an ice cream truck on a residential street in the Broadway-Manchester area of South Los Angeles the previous night. The incident was reported around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of East 97th Street (map), Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman said. Jamarion Thomas was identified as the young boy by family members. Police said the boy was riding a bicycle alongside the ice cream truck, and was […]

  • The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department provided this photo of Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, who was arrested on Oct. 19, 2014, after allegedly illegally entering a Thousand Oaks residence through its chimney.

    Woman Arrested After Becoming Trapped in Chimney at Thousand Oaks Home

    A woman accused of illegally entering the Thousand Oaks home of a man she went on multiple dates with was arrested Sunday after firefighters used jackhammers to partially dismantle a brick chimney she had become trapped inside. Deputies responded to a home in the 1900 block of Woodside Drive (map) at 5:45 a.m. after a caller reported that the woman had been stuck in the chimney, about 8 feet from the top, for two hours, said Capt. Renee Ferguson of […]

  • Donicia Barrios, right, was reunited with Lucky, a dog who guarded her families Boyle Heights business, after a fire destroyed the building on Oct. 19, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Guard Dog Found Safe After Fire Rips Through Family-Owned Business in Boyle Heights

    Hours after a fire destroyed a family-owned metal casting business in Boyle Heights Sunday, the building’s guard dog was found at a local shelter and reunited with its distraught owners. Police officers who were on patrol in the 1400 block of South Lorena Street (map) at 2:40 a.m. noticed flames at the Barrios Casting Company, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Fire Department. The officers summoned firefighters, who forced their way through security gates and rolling steel […]

  • Three male teenagers were wounded in a shooting near an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in San Pedro on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    3 Teens Shot, Wounded Near In-N-Out in San Pedro; Gunman at Large

    Three male teenagers were wounded, one critically, in a shooting near an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in San Pedro after a high school football game Friday night, police said. About 500 people were in a parking lot outside the fast-food restaurant, at South Western Avenue and West Capitol Drive (map), following a game between Banning and San Pedro high schools, said a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Division. Gunshots were fired about 10:30 p.m., striking three males, ages […]