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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
  • 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 […]

  • Hope View Elementary School in Huntington Beach is seen in a file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    Asbestos Concerns Prompt Relocation of Hundreds of Huntington Beach Students

    Hundreds of Ocean View School District students who have been out of school because of asbestos concerns were expected to be relocated to other classrooms Thursday. Mark Mester reports from Huntington Beach for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Oct. 16, 2014.

  • Surveillance video captured a robbery in progress at La Pico Mini Market in Stanton on Oct. 14, 2014.

    Knife-Wielding Man Sought in Stanton Mini-Mart Robbery; Surveillance Video Released

    Authorities were searching for a knife-wielding man who robbed a store clerk at a Stanton mini mart late Tuesday. The robbery occurred at La Pico Mini Market, which is located in the 10400 block of Beach Boulevard (map), around 11:30 p.m., according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Surveillance video from the incident shows the armed man lunging at the store clerk, and also appearing to threaten at least one other customer with the knife. After getting an undisclosed amount […]

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    Texas Nurse Who Had Worn Protective Gear Tests Positive for Ebola

    The deadly Ebola virus has been contracted by someone inside the United States for the first time. A nurse who had worn protective gear during her “extensive contact” at a Dallas hospital with an Ebola patient who died tested positive during a preliminary blood test, officials said Sunday. The woman had on a gown, gloves, mask and a shield during her multiple visits with Thomas Eric Duncan, but there was a breach in protocol, health officials said. The patient is […]

  • The main terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport is shown Oct. 2, 2014, in Dulles, Virginia. The Center for Disease Control CDC announced that Ebola patient being treated at the Texas Presbyterian hospital passed through Washington Dulles airport on a United Airlines flight two weeks ago. Dulles airport will be one of the five U.S. airports to get increased Ebola-related screening, the CDC announced Oct. 8, 2014. (Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    Ebola Screenings Begin at JFK; LAX Not Among 5 Airports That Will Test Passengers

    Health screenings to help prevent the spread of Ebola began Saturday for some travelers to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport but an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that nothing can “get the risk to zero.” Four other airports will add the screenings next Thursday, according to the CDC. This won’t be a mass event, with long lines of travelers waiting for screening. Only about 150 travelers a day will receive the screenings, CDC […]

  • Police had guns drawn outside a Super 8 Motel in Torrance on Oct. 9, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Accused of Kidnapping Ex-Girlfriend Found Dead After Standoff With Police

    A man accused of kidnapping his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend in Redondo Beach was found dead after a “tense” barricade situation with police at motel in Torrance Thursday. The kidnapping investigation got underway in the early morning hours after the woman was taken from the 900 block of Carnelian Street in an older gold-colored Honda Accord sedan, according to a news release from the Redondo Beach Police Department. The victim was found safe about 5:15 a.m. at a Super 8 motel in Torrance, according to […]

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    Students at South L.A.-Area High School Being Deprived of Right to Education, Judge Rules

    For weeks, Armani Richards sat in the Jefferson High School auditorium waiting to be assigned classes for his senior year. The student body president wanted to enroll in subjects that would help him pursue a career in chemistry or computer science. But a malfunctioning computer records system meant that Richards and hundreds of other students weren’t getting the classes they needed. Some were sent to overbooked classrooms or were given the same course multiple times a day. Others were assigned […]