Mark Mester
  • Follow me on:

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
  • Utility crews are seen in downtown Long Beach, where power outages continued on Friday, July 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Unprecedented’ Inspection of 300 Vaults Planned After Explosion Causes Thousands to Lose Power in Long Beach

    Southern California Edison employees planned to “take an unprecedented step to inspect 300 vaults” Friday after a massive explosion that was caught on cellphone video caused some 30,000 customers to lose power just two weeks after a series of underground vault fires resulted in a three-day outage for some customers in the area. About 260 customers remained without power Friday after a vault explosion Thursday afternoon near West 10th Street and Pine Avenue (map) impacted some 30,000 customers, officials said. Cellphone video […]

  • Twitter has erupted in outrage against Walter Palmer for the killing of beloved Cecil the lion. (Credit: CNN)

    Outrage Against Walter Palmer as Internet Seeks Justice for Cecil the Lion

    Two men arrested in the death of Cecil the lion — a case in which an American dentist has also been accused, unleashing a torrent of anger online — were released Wednesday by a court in Zimbabwe on $1,000 bail each. Theo Bronchorst, a professional hunter, and Honest Trymore Ndlovu, a land owner, both Zimbabweans, said through their attorney that they were innocent of poaching charges, which officials said could bring a sentence of 10 years in prison. Zimbabwean authorities […]

  • Rescue crews respond to an apartment fire in South Gate on July 28, 2015. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    2 Hospitalized in Fire at South Gate Apartment Building; Arson Investigation Underway

    Two people, including a possible special-needs child, were hospitalized Tuesday morning after a fire broke out at an apartment building in South Gate. Fire officials initially sent a truck to stand by with South Gate police after a call about a “barricaded suspect” in the 5600 block of Gardendale Street (map) at about 3 a.m., Ed Pickett with the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Just before 4 a.m., heavy smoke began to rise from the second floor of the apartment building, Pickett said. “We […]

  • A SWAT team was called to a home in South Los Angeles after a man barricaded himself inside a home on July 28, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Barricaded Inside South L.A. Home, Prompting SWAT Standoff; Dozens Evacuated

    Dozens of residents in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood of South Los Angeles neighborhood were temporarily evacuated early Tuesday after a man brandished a shotgun against his neighbors before locking himself inside a home, according to LAPD. Officers were called to the 6900 block of Estrella Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Monday after receiving a call regarding the armed man, according to Capt. Mark Reina of the Los Angeles Police Department. When police arrived, the man locked himself inside his home and refused […]

  • A screenshot from an Instagram video shows firefighters dousing flames with water after a small plane crashed in Riverside on Sunday, July 26, 2015.

    Pilot Dies After Small Plane Crashes, Bursts Into Flames in Riverside Neighborhood

    A small plane crashed and burst into flames in a residential area of Riverside on Sunday, killing the pilot, a fire official said. The air traffic control tower at Riverside Municipal Airport about 5 p.m. received a distress call from a single-engine B35 Cessna, according to Capt. Tim Odebralski of the Riverside Fire Department. The pilot reported having engine trouble and requested an emergency landing at the airport. Shortly afterward, “the pilot stated that he didn’t think he was going to […]

  • Boyle-Heights-Pothole

    Damaged Roadways Cost Drivers in Greater L.A. Area $1,031 Yearly in Maintenance: Report

    As Congress discusses a highway bill meant to address road repairs, a research group’s report, released Thursday, said damaged roadways in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana area cost drivers as much as $1,031 a year in added maintenance. The greater L.A. metro area ranks only behind San Francisco among U.S. cities as having the highest percentage of roads in poor condition, according to the report from TRIP. Mark Mester reports from Hollywood for the KTLA5 Morning News on Thursday, July 23, 2015.

  • (Credit: KTLA)

    Special Olympics Athletes En Route to Host Cities After Night on LMU Gymnasium Floor

    After a long night for hundreds of Special Olympics athletes who had to sleep on a gymnasium floor at Loyola Marymount University, officials on Wednesday said all of the athletes were en route to their host cities. Erin Myers reports from Westchester for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on July 22, 2015. Many Special Olympics athletes arrived in Los Angeles last night, but apparently did not have anywhere to stay because of a snafu. Mark Mester reports from Westchester […]

  • Donald Trump visited the Los Angeles area on July 10, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Donald Trump to Tour U.S.-Mexico Border This Week

    Donald Trump will head to the U.S.-Mexico border this week, most likely on Thursday, traveling to Laredo, Texas to tour the border with a group of U.S. border patrol agents. Trump has hammered illegal immigration in interviews and stump speeches since he launched his Republican presidential campaign, when he referred broadly to Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists. Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski confirmed to CNN on Wednesday morning the trip to the border, saying it’s “99%” sure the visit […]

  • A neighbor grabbed a hose and aided in the firefight at a Jurupa Valley home on July 21, 2015. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Body Found After Fire Erupts at Jurupa Valley Residence; Investigation Underway

    One person was found dead in the back of a Jurupa Valley home after a fire ripped through the residence early Tuesday, Riverside County fire officials said. The blaze was initially reported in the 7600 block of Olive Court about 1:40 a.m., according to a county fire incident report. Fire crews arrived and found heavy smoke and flames showing from the single-family residence, the report said. The residents had “suggested” to responding firefighters that a body was located in the […]