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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
  • 13 Killed in Barcelona Attack Called ‘Jihadi Terrorism’; Several ‘Taken Down’ in 2nd Possible Attack

    Spain saw one of its most violent days in recent memory as a spate of incidents throughout the country appeared to be connected to a terror attack Thursday in Barcelona that left 13 people dead and more than 100 injured. Authorities said they are working under the assumption that two other deadly events, a terrorist incident in the seaside city of Cambrils and a house explosion farther down the coast in Alcanar, were linked to the van attack in Barcelona […]

  • Authorities respond to a barricaded man in Bellflower on Aug. 17, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suspected Carjacker Found Dead Following Standoff With Authorities in Bellflower

    A suspected carjacker was found dead after crashing the stolen vehicle and then barricading himself in a Bellflower area residence Thursday morning. The events began with a car crash on Downey Avenue just north Jefferson Street in Paramount at about 3 a.m. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Dep. Juanita Navarro-Suarez said. A stranger stopped to help a man involved in the crash, but the man attacked the good Samaritan and stole their Chrysler PT Cruiser, Navarro-Suarez said. The victim was […]

  • Son Suspected in Killing of Fullerton Woman Following Argument With Sister

    A Fullerton man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his mother to death and wounding her boyfriend following an argument with a sibling early Tuesday. Police received a 911 call about 1:41 a.m. from a woman in the 100 block of South Pritchard who was screaming that she had been stabbed, the Fullerton Police Department stated in a news release. Responding officers found the 50-year-old woman, later identified by coroner’s officials as Lu Thao, outside an apartment complex suffering from […]

  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at the podium as he announces a deal has been reached with the International Olympic Committee to host the 2028 Summer Olympics. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    Los Angeles City Council Approves 2028 Olympic Games Agreement

    Rushing to meet a deadline imposed by Olympics officials, the Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to endorse a bid for the 2028 Summer Games even though council members acknowledged they were acting without complete information. The council’s unanimous decision will put tax dollars at risk by making the city responsible for any shortfall if the massive, $5.3-billion sports event goes over budget. “We are the only city that has two successful Olympics – that’s what I look to,” Councilman […]

  • Emergency crews respond to a triple shooting in Compton on Aug. 9, 2017. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Triple Shooting in Compton Leaves 1 Man Dead, 2 Others Critical

    One man was killed and two more were left in critical condition when a gunman opened fire in Compton Wednesday night. The triple shooting occurred just before 10 p.m. in the 2100 block of West Compton Boulevard, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release. The victims, all men, were taken to local hospitals following the shooting. One of the men died at the hospital, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The other two victims were listed in […]

  • Los Angeles officers are shown at the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Venice on August 4, 2017. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Man Fatally Shot by LAPD in Venice After Altercation With Roommate

    A man was shot and killed by Los Angeles officers after getting into an altercation with his roommate in Venice, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers responded to a “civil stand by” call at an apartment in the 800 block of Venice Road around 8:30 p.m. on Friday night, according to Lt. Stevens. The two roommates were involved in an altercation and one roommate was allegedly throwing and breaking things inside the home, Stevens said. When officers knocked […]

  • Surfing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Held in Huntington Beach

    Bethany Hamilton and Mick Fanning were inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Huntington Beach Friday. Mark Mester reports from Huntington Beach for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Aug. 4, 2017.

  • President Trump Backs Republican Plan to Curb Legal Immigration With Skills-Based System

    President Donald Trump threw his support Wednesday behind legislation that looks to curb the level of legal immigration into the United States by proposing a skills-based immigration system. Trump backed the effort from Republican Sens. David Perdue and Tom Cotton in a speech at the White House. But the plan faces long odds in Congress, where both Democrats and Republicans have responded to the proposal with skepticism. The proposals also get into an already crowded line of measures that Congress […]

  • Forecasters Warn of Dangerous Surf, Rip Currents Headed to SoCal

    Forecasters are warning beachgoers in Southern California of dangerous surf and rip current conditions this weekend. Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on July 28, 2017.