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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
  • Cadaver Dogs Search Apartment Building Consumed by Fire in Westlake; Witness Says Blaze Was Intentional

    A dramatic fire that engulfed and destroyed an apartment building in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles — damaging at least one other structure — may have been intentionally set, according to a witness at the scene. The fire was reported about 2:11 a.m. at a four-story building in the 600 block of South Bonnie Brae Street, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Amy Bastman. Although the building was described as vacant, officials said the structure was often occupied by transients. […]

  • Home Invasion, Carjacking Suspects in Custody Following Standoff in North Hills

    Three home invasion and carjacking suspects were taken into custody following a standoff in North Hills Tuesday morning. Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on April 25, 2017.

  • Driver in Custody After Pursuit Involving Rental Truck in Van Nuys Area Ends With Police Using Taser: LAPD

    A man driving a large rental truck who led Los Angeles Police Department officers on a slow-speed chase through Van Nuys-area surface streets was taken into custody after officers used a Taser on him Tuesday morning, according to LAPD. The nearly hourlong chase began following a call of an attempted suicide in the 8100 block of Langdon Avenue in Van Nuys, LAPD Officer Aaereon Jefferson said. When officers responded to the scene, the man allegedly stole the moving truck, prompting […]

  • Mockery, Anger in South Korea Over USS Carl Vinson ‘Bluffing’

    US President Donald Trump said he was sending “an armada” to Korean waters to potentially deal with threats from Pyongyang. But its no-show has caused some South Koreans to question his leadership and strategy regarding their unpredictable neighbor in the north. And as the country prepares to vote for a new president on May 9, the claim could have far-reaching implications for the two countries’ relations. “What Mr. Trump said was very important for the national security of South Korea,” […]

  • 3 Men Shot in Downtown Fresno in Hate Crime by Man Wanted for Earlier Homicide: Police

      Police said a man fatally shot three people Tuesday in Fresno, California, in less than two minutes in what authorities are calling a hate crime. The three victims were white, and apparently chosen at random, police said. The suspect, Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, is black, police said. Muhammad had posted on social media a dislike for white people and government officials, Fresno, California, police Chief Jerry Dyer said. He also yelled “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) when he was […]

  • Grandmother of Suspect in Fresno Shooting Rampage Says He Spoke About Racial Conflict in Recent Days

    The suspect in a series of shootings in downtown Fresno wrote frequently about the conflict between whites and blacks and did not seem well in recent days, according to family members. Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, has been arrested in the shootings, which killed three people. Police have not provided a motive in the attack. As he was taken into custody, he yelled out “Allahu Akbar,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. But officials stressed they are not sure whether this […]

  • Video Released of ‘Mother of All Bombs’ Blast in Afghanistan; 36 Militants Killed, Officials Say

    In its second major display of military might in one week, the US dropped its most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS positions in a remote part of Afghanistan. Afghan officials said 36 militants were killed in the strike in Nangarhar province, near the Pakistan border. The US military previously estimated ISIS had 600 to 800 fighters operating in the area. On Thursday night, a GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast bomb (MOAB), capable of destroying an area equivalent to nine city […]

  • 5 Hospitalized, Including 2 Critical, in Pacific Palisades Fire That Killed Family Pet

    A fire that broke out in Pacific Palisades Thursday morning killed a family pet and injured five people, including a husband and wife who were in critical condition, according to a fire official. Firefighters were initially called to a brush fire about 2:15 a.m. and arrived to find two hillside homes in the 16000 block of Las Casas Place well-involved in flames, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said. More than 80 firefighters extinguished the fire in about 44 minutes […]

  • Pro Surfer’s Boards Broken on Return Flight From Hawaii Into LAX

    Professional surfer Alex Gray had four of his five surfboards essentially destroyed on an American Airlines flight from Honolulu into LAX. Mark Mester reports for the KTLA Morning News on April 10, 2017. Last night on April 7th from Honolulu to Los Angeles, @americanair flight AA 284 BROKE 4 out of 5 of my surfboards. When the board bag came off the oversize belt I notice the top and bottom had very large holes in it. From the back hole […]