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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
  • Lifeguards had to rescue several swimmers and surfers off of Venice Beach on Sept. 16, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Lifeguards Rescue Nearly 200 Swimmers as Dangerous Rip Currents Hit Beaches

    Nearly 200 people had to be rescued by Los Angeles County lifeguards amid ocean conditions that included strong rip currents and rough surf on Tuesday. In total, 187 ocean rescues were made throughout the day, according to a tweet from the L.A. County Lifeguards account. Aerial video captured multiple swimmers and surfers being rescued in the waters off Venice Beach. County lifeguards later stated that 88 rescues were made at Venice Beach during the day. According to a the National […]

  • A new state law that went into effect on Sept. 16, 2014, required motorists give bicyclists a 3-foot buffer on roadways. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

    New Law Requires California Drivers Give 3-Foot Buffer When Passing Bicyclists

    California drivers must stay at least 3 feet away from bicyclists when passing them under a new state law that went into effect Tuesday. The Three Feet for Safety Act, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2013 after years of lobbying on the part of cycling activists, requires a 3-foot buffer between cars while passing cyclists. If roadway conditions or traffic prevent drivers from maintaining the required distance betweens their vehicles and cyclists, motorists may only pass bikes after they’ve slowed to a “speed that is […]

  • A still from a video shows Seattle police officers using a drone. The Seattle department gave its drones to LAPD in May 2014 amid controversy. (Credit: KCPQ)

    LAPD’s 2 Drones Will Remain Grounded During Policy Review, Police Commission Says Amid Protest

    A few days after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signaled his support of a state bill that would allow limited use of drone technology by law enforcement agencies, a community group was protesting at City Hall Monday in opposition to what it called the “militarization” of LAPD and the proposed police use of drones. Members of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and the Drone-Free LAPD, No Drones, LA! Campaign held banners and signs on City Hall’s south steps beginning at about 9 a.m. […]

  • An excessive heat warning was in effect in L.A. and Ventura Counties on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Excessive Heat Warning Predicts Possible Record-Breaking Temperatures

    Possible record-breaking temperatures were expected in L.A. and Ventura Counties over the weekend, with the heat reaching triple digits in some areas. An excessive heat warning was in effect Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., predicting possible life-threatening temperatures, the National Weather Service stated. An excessive heat watch was then scheduled to take effect until Tuesday evening,  warning people that high temperatures were expected but exact times were unknown. Temperatures were expected to reach over 100 degrees in some areas during the day, […]

  • An excessive heat warning was in effect in L.A. and Ventura Counties on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Cooling Centers Open Amid Extreme SoCal Heat Wave

    With triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions forecast in Southern California this weekend into early next week, a number of cooling centers have opened to help people beat the heat. A heat alert has been issued by L.A. County officials, as high temperatures were expected to hit the Los Angeles Basin, East San Gabriel, and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys, according to a county news release. Health officials have warned that high temperatures coupled with a few hours of […]

  • People lined up for an annual free health care clinic at the L.A. Sports Arena on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Annual Free Health Care Clinic in L.A. to Help Thousands

    An annual free health care clinic opened its doors at the L.A. Sports Arena in South Los Angeles Thursday morning. It will be providing checkups, dental and vision care for thousands of people through the weekend. Christina Pascucci reports from Exposition Park for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Sept. 11, 2014. More video:

  • A home sustained major damage after a car crashed into it on Sept. 9, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Driver Flees After Crashing Stolen Car Into Costa Mesa Home: Police

    Police on Wednesday were searching for a hit-and-run driver who crashed a stolen vehicle into a Costa Mesa home, causing extensive damage to a portion of it, authorities said. The driver lost control of the car and plowed through a fence before hitting the house in the 2700 block of Mendoza Drive (map) around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday night, according to Sgt. Patrick Wessel with the Costa Mesa Police Department. The driver then fled the scene, Wessel said. A husband and […]

  • A car was almost completely submerged in water under near the 91 Freeway at the intersection of 14th Street and Vine Street in Riverside County after a flash flood warning on Sept. 7, 2014. (Credit: Mark Mester/ KTLA)

    Firefighters Rescue 5 Adults, 3 Children From Submerged Cars After Riverside County Flash Flood

    Firefighters rescued eight people from multiple vehicles that became stuck in water during a flash flood in Riverside County Sunday afternoon, officials said. Multiple vehicles were stuck in 2 to 4 feet of water in Riverside County, the National Weather Service stated, although the exact location was unclear. Firefighters rescued five adults and three children after three vehicles became partially or fully submerged in water near the 91 Freeway and 14th Street, Pat Hopkins with the Riverside Fire Department said. “We arrived out here, we found […]

  • A berm that was about 2 miles long and 36 feet wide was built in Long Beach to protect against high surf the weekend of Sept. 5, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Long Beach Officials Working ‘Around the Clock’ to Prepare for High Surf: Fire Department

    Long Beach officials were working “around the clock” Saturday to build a sand berm meant to protect the beach and surrounding properties during a high surf advisory, according to a fire department official. High surf was expected at Southland beaches over the weekend with breakers of 4 to 7 feet. “We haven’t taken this berm down since last week when Hurricane Marie was in town,” Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jake Heflin said. “We’re still continuing to build that berm up around […]