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Mark Mester
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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
  • Police said they were investigating the possible kidnapping and sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl in South Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAPD: Teen Who Said She Was Sexually Assaulted, Held Captive for Two Days Changes Story

    A 15-year-old girl who told police she was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and held captive for two days in a South Los Angeles apartment has changed her story, LAPD officials said Tuesday. Mark Mester reports from South L.A. for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Dec. 1, 2015.

  • Vehicles are seen entering and leaving Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 29, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Travelers Depart, Arrive at LAX in Droves as Thanksgiving Weekend Comes to an End

    Tens of thousands of passengers passed through Los Angeles International airport on Sunday as the Thanksgiving weekend came to a close.

  • Four people were rescued after their boat capsized off Long Beach on Nov. 25, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    4 Rescued After Boat Sinks Off Long Beach

    Four people were rescued off the coast of Long Beach after their boat capsized Wednesday morning. Mark Mester reports from Long Beach for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Nov. 25, 2015.

  • An out-of-control fire raged at a commercial building in Gardena on Nov. 25, 2015. (Credit: OnScene TV)

    Destructive Two-Alarm Blaze Tears Through Gardena Tire Shop

    A tire shop appeared to have been destroyed after a raging two-alarm fire fueled by petroleum-based products ripped through the business early Wednesday morning. Firefighters responded to reports of a commercial building fire at the intersection of Gardena Boulevard and Berendo Avenue at around 2:20 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. By the time crews arrived, the building was fully engulfed in flames and smoke, County Fire Inspector Randall Wright said. A total of 55 firefighters responded to […]

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    Shark Encounters and Attacks

    With warmer waters off our coast…shark sightings have become more and more frequent. All week long, KTLA has been bringing you amazing and up close shark encounters. We’ve seen our crew dive with them and track them with the latest technology. In this story, our Mark Mester meets a surfer who even after a brutal attack, still promotes peace for these Pacific predators. Mark Mester reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on November 20, 2015.

  • Thousands of food bundles are seen in Hyde Park on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, one day before an annual turkey giveaway. (Credit: KTLA)

    Hundreds Line Up for Annual Turkey Giveaway in South Los Angeles

    Hundreds were lined ahead of the E.J. Jackson Foundation`s annual turkey giveaway in South L.A., which took place on Tuesday.

  • Shoppers camped outside a Best Buy in Riverside on Nov. 23, 2015, to score Black Friday deals. (Credit: KTLA)

    Shoppers Line Up Outside Riverside Best Buy Days Ahead of Black Friday

    Four days before Black Friday, some shoppers have already lined up outside a Best Buy in Riverside as they look to score some post-Thanksgiving deals. Best Buy’s Black Friday deals were slated to start Thanksgiving Day, according to an ad on the retailer’s website. Stores would open at 5 p.m. Thursday, before closing 1 a.m. Friday. Doors would then re-open seven hours later, at 8 a.m. Among the discounted items shoppers were hoping to score: a 49-inch Toshiba HD television […]

  • KTLA reporter Mark Mester stands next to Vasquez Canyon Road, which continued to buckle on Nov. 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Landslide Buckles Vasquez Canyon Road; 2-Mile Stretch Closed Indefinitely

    A portion of Vasquez Canyon Road remained closed indefinitely Friday after a landslide prompted buckling and significant damage along a 2-mile stretch in the Canyon Country area. “This isn’t just the road; it’s the mountain itself that’s moving and it’s pushing the road up,” said Paul Funk with L.A. County Department of Public Works. The roadway was closed Thursday between Lost Creek Road and Vasquez Way after public works officials first noticed the shift around 10:30 that morning. The closure was said to be indefinite […]

  • A witness captured this image of a man in custody after a stabbing at Hollywood & Highland on Nov. 18, 2015. (Credit: Shawn Walker)

    2 Off-Duty NYPD Officers Stop Hollywood and Highland Stabbing Suspect, Help Victim: LAPD

    A Russian tourist who was with his family was stabbed at the popular Hollywood & Highland center on Wednesday afternoon, and two off-duty NYPD officer detained the attacker and helped the victim, Los Angeles police said. Officers were called to the Hollywood shopping center — in an area that attracts thousands of tourists — at 1:10 p.m. for a report of an assault with a deadly weapon, according to LAPD Officer Jenny Houser. Multiple witnesses told KTLA that the victim was a tourist […]