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

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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.

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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.

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  • Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are seen in images provided by CNN.

    Clinton to Sanders: ‘If You Have Something to Say, Say It’

    Hillary Clinton — a veteran political brawler — on Thursday flashed genuine anger and disbelief that Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders is casting doubt on her authenticity as a warrior in the left’s great battles against Republicans. The former secretary of state accused Sanders of delivering an “artful smear” by suggesting her political favor could be bought by rich donors. “If you have something to say, say it,” Clinton said as she and Sanders met at a debate in New […]

  • Some motorcyclists were alleging that someone was intentionally pouring oil on roads in Malibu Canyon in an effect to keep them from traveling on the popular routes.

    Motorcyclists Claim Canyon Roads in Malibu Are Being Sabotaged to Keep Them Away

    Some motorcyclists believe that someone is sabotaging roads in Malibu Canyon by intentionally pouring oil on them. Mark Mester reports from Woodland Hills for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Feb. 4, 2016. Some motorcyclists were alleging Wednesday that someone was intentionally pouring oil on roads in Malibu Canyon in an effect to keep them from traveling on the popular routes. Kimberly Cheng reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.

  • A fire broke out at Theodore Roosevelt High School on Feb. 3, 2016. (Credit: Loudlabs News)

    Fire at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights Deemed ‘Suspicious’

    A fire that started at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights Wednesday morning was deemed “suspicious” and an arson investigation was underway, officials said. The fire broke out about 4 a.m. outside a structure described as a bungalow at the school located in the 400 block of South Mathews Street (map), according to Capt. Christopher Aguirre of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Arriving firefighters saw heavy fire burning the exterior of the bungalow, but managed to extinguish the flames and keep damage […]

  • Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are seen in images provided by CNN.

    Iowa Caucus Results: Clinton Declares Victory; Trump Loses to Cruz

    Hillary Clinton declared victory early Tuesday morning in a razor-thin contest against Bernie Sanders in Iowa. But Democratic party officials have not yet declared a winner. “Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Caucus,” the Clinton campaign said. “After thorough reporting — and analysis — of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates.” The state party indicated in a separate statement that it was not ready to make a call. “The […]

  • A blanket of snow covers the mountains near Gorman. The 5 Freeway near the Grapevine was re-opened Monday morning, Feb. 1, 2016, after CHP closed it due to icy road conditions earlier. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

    Icy Conditions Temporarily Cause Closure of 5 Freeway in Both Directions Through Grapevine

    The Grapevine was temporarily closed in both directions Monday morning due to icy road conditions from a weekend storm that dropped rain and snow across Southern California. The northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were shut down at Parker Road in Castaic about 4:45 a.m., according the California Highway Patrol’s incident log. Earlier, the southbound lanes at Grapevine Road in Kern County had to be closed because of the dangerous conditions. Heavy snow fell in the area Sunday and light flurries continued Monday morning. The […]

  • Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and John Kasich at the Fox News Republican debate on January 28, 2016.
(Credit: Fox News)

    Top GOP Candidates Face Off in First Debate Without Donald Trump

    We now know what a Republican presidential debate looks like without Donald Trump — pretty tame. The final GOP debate before the Iowa caucuses went on without the party’s front-runner Thursday night, and in his absence, the personal attacks, bluster and theatrics that had dominated previous debates were largely gone. As Trump hosted a rival event for veterans less than three miles away, other leading Republicans clashed along familiar battle lines that included immigration and surveillance, as each tried to […]

  • A 55-hour closure of a portion of the 91 Freeway was planned to begin on Feb. 19. (Credit: KTLA)

    Coronageddon: 55-Hour Closure of 91 Freeway Planned for February

    Get ready for Coronageddon, a scheduled 55-hour closure of a 6-mile portion of the 91 Freeway beginning in February. The weekend closure was scheduled  begin at 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, and continue until Monday, Feb. 22 at 4 a.m., the Riverside County Transportation Commission stated in a news advisory. The project will involve the shut down of the eastbound and westbound sides of the 91 Freeway between State Route 71 and Interstate 15, according to the RCTC. The closure, dubbed Coronageddon by […]

  • Long Beach police released this image of a man suspected of inappropriately touching a child in the men's room of a restaurant in Long Beach.

    Help Sought ID’ing Man Accused of Touching Child in Long Beach Restaurant’s Men’s Room

    Authorities on Tuesday asked the public for help in identifying a man who investigators said inappropriately touched a boy in a restaurant bathroom in Long Beach over the weekend. The incident occurred at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant located in the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Second Street (map) at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday, the Long Beach Police Department stated in a news release. The man seen on surveillance video allegedly touched a child in the men’s restroom of the business and then fled. The […]

  • Two people were killed when an SUV crashed into a tree in South Los Angeles on jan. 26, 2016. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    2 Killed When SUV Hits Tree in South L.A., Bursts Into Flames

    Two people were killed when their SUV struck a tree in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood of South Los Angeles and erupted in flames early Tuesday morning. The crash took place just after 1 a.m. on South Figueroa Street near West Slauson Avenue, according to Erik Scott, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Video from the scene showed the burning Ford Explorer moments after it struck the tree. Firefighters quickly put out the blaze, but were unable to rescue the people inside. “Tragically there’s two […]