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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
  • Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal is seen in a photo posted to Facebook.

    Riverside Marine, 19, Dies in Iraq; Is Second Military Member to Die in US Mission Against ISIS

    A 19 year-old Marine from Riverside has died in Iraq, becoming the second U.S. military member to die as the U.S. fights the advance of Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, a specialist in the use of mortars, died in a “non-combat related incident” Thursday in Baghdad, the Department of Defense announced Friday. The incident is under investigation. Neal, who enlisted in 2013, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment at Twentynine […]

  • Jaylen Fryberg is shown in a photo posted to his Facebook page on Aug. 13, 2014.

    Homecoming Prince Opens Fire in Washington State School Cafeteria; 2 Dead, 4 Wounded

    The shooter who opened fire Friday morning at Washington state’s Marysville-Pilchuck High School played football and was recently named to the homecoming court. Freshman Jaylen Fryberg was in the school’s cafeteria, went up to a table with students, “came up from behind … and fired about six bullets into the backs of them,” witness Jordan Luton told CNN. “They were his friends, so it wasn’t just random,” Luton said. The attacker shot five people, killing one, authorities said. A federal […]

  • Family members identified Jamarion Thomas as the 7-year-old boy fatally struck and killed by an ice cream truck in South L.A. on Oct. 22, 2014.

    Family Identifies 7-Year-Old Fatally Struck by Ice Cream Truck in South L.A.

    Family members identified Thursday a 7-year-old boy who was fatally struck by an ice cream truck on a residential street in the Broadway-Manchester area of South Los Angeles the previous night. The incident was reported around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of East 97th Street (map), Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman said. Jamarion Thomas was identified as the young boy by family members. Police said the boy was riding a bicycle alongside the ice cream truck, and was […]

  • The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department provided this photo of Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, who was arrested on Oct. 19, 2014, after allegedly illegally entering a Thousand Oaks residence through its chimney.

    Woman Arrested After Becoming Trapped in Chimney at Thousand Oaks Home

    A woman accused of illegally entering the Thousand Oaks home of a man she went on multiple dates with was arrested Sunday after firefighters used jackhammers to partially dismantle a brick chimney she had become trapped inside. Deputies responded to a home in the 1900 block of Woodside Drive (map) at 5:45 a.m. after a caller reported that the woman had been stuck in the chimney, about 8 feet from the top, for two hours, said Capt. Renee Ferguson of […]

  • Donicia Barrios, right, was reunited with Lucky, a dog who guarded her families Boyle Heights business, after a fire destroyed the building on Oct. 19, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Guard Dog Found Safe After Fire Rips Through Family-Owned Business in Boyle Heights

    Hours after a fire destroyed a family-owned metal casting business in Boyle Heights Sunday, the building’s guard dog was found at a local shelter and reunited with its distraught owners. Police officers who were on patrol in the 1400 block of South Lorena Street (map) at 2:40 a.m. noticed flames at the Barrios Casting Company, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Fire Department. The officers summoned firefighters, who forced their way through security gates and rolling steel […]

  • Three male teenagers were wounded in a shooting near an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in San Pedro on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    3 Teens Shot, Wounded Near In-N-Out in San Pedro; Gunman at Large

    Three male teenagers were wounded, one critically, in a shooting near an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in San Pedro after a high school football game Friday night, police said. About 500 people were in a parking lot outside the fast-food restaurant, at South Western Avenue and West Capitol Drive (map), following a game between Banning and San Pedro high schools, said a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Division. Gunshots were fired about 10:30 p.m., striking three males, ages […]

  • Hope View Elementary School in Huntington Beach is seen in a file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    Asbestos Concerns Prompt Relocation of Hundreds of Huntington Beach Students

    Hundreds of Ocean View School District students who have been out of school because of asbestos concerns were expected to be relocated to other classrooms Thursday. Mark Mester reports from Huntington Beach for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Oct. 16, 2014.

  • Surveillance video captured a robbery in progress at La Pico Mini Market in Stanton on Oct. 14, 2014.

    Knife-Wielding Man Sought in Stanton Mini-Mart Robbery; Surveillance Video Released

    Authorities were searching for a knife-wielding man who robbed a store clerk at a Stanton mini mart late Tuesday. The robbery occurred at La Pico Mini Market, which is located in the 10400 block of Beach Boulevard (map), around 11:30 p.m., according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Surveillance video from the incident shows the armed man lunging at the store clerk, and also appearing to threaten at least one other customer with the knife. After getting an undisclosed amount […]

  • Ebola virus (Credit: CDC)

    Texas Nurse Who Had Worn Protective Gear Tests Positive for Ebola

    The deadly Ebola virus has been contracted by someone inside the United States for the first time. A nurse who had worn protective gear during her “extensive contact” at a Dallas hospital with an Ebola patient who died tested positive during a preliminary blood test, officials said Sunday. The woman had on a gown, gloves, mask and a shield during her multiple visits with Thomas Eric Duncan, but there was a breach in protocol, health officials said. The patient is […]