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
  • An LAPD officer is seen after two police cruisers crashed in downtown L.A. on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    4 LAPD Officers Injured After Police Cruisers Crash in Downtown L.A.

    Four LAPD officers were injured and two remained hospitalized after two police cruisers collided in downtown Los Angeles while responding to a call from fellow officers asking for their assistance on Thursday, officials said. Both vehicles were in route to the call when they collided at the intersection of East 11th and Santee streets (map) around 12:30 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Jeff Bert said. The initial call was regarding a person accused of vandalism. They were eventually apprehended, […]

  • A Los Angeles firefighter was stabbed by a patient at White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights on Sept. 1, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Firefighter, Nurse Stabbed in Boyle Heights Emergency Room

    A firefighter and nurse were recovering Wednesday from stab wounds caused by a patient in a Boyle Heights emergency room the night before, officials said. The stabbing occurred at White Memorial Medical Center, located at 1720 East Cesar E. Chavez Ave., around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Los Angeles Police Department Mike Lopez said. The on-duty Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter was assisting someone when a patient pulled a knife from his sock and stabbed the two victims. The firefighter was stabbed […]

  • Students of Manual Arts Senior High School are seen arriving to the campus on Sept. 2, 2015, hours after a man was shot in the head outside. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Found Shot in the Head Outside South L.A. High School

    A man was shot in the head outside a South Los Angeles high school Wednesday morning, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. Police responded to reports of six gunshots being fired in the 4100 block of South Vermont Avenue (map) around 4:30 a.m., a watch commander said. The location was near Manual Arts Senior High School, in South L.A.’s Vermont Square neighborhood. Responding officers discovered a man, described as an African-American in his 30s, had been shot in the head, […]

  • Police search for a person on Aug. 31, 2015, following a pursuit ending in the Inglewood area. (Credit: KTLA)

    Person Sought in Inglewood Following Police Chase; 3 Detained

    A police chase ending in the Inglewood area resulted in the search for one person Monday and detainment of three others. Mark Mester reports from Inglewood for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015.

  • Jascent-Jamal Lee Warren was shot and killed in Venice on Aug. 30, 2015. He is seen in a photo provided by his friend, Mariah 
Magomedova.

    1 Arrested in Venice Beach Boardwalk Shooting That Left 1 Man Dead, Another Wounded: LAPD

    A person has been arrested in connection with a shooting that left one man dead and another wounded on the Venice Beach boardwalk, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Sunday evening. The male arrestee, a Venice Beach resident, was taken into custody about about six hours after the fatal early-morning incident and booked on suspicion of homicide, a spokesman for the LAPD’s Pacific Division said. The name of the arrested person was not being disclosed, the spokesman said, citing an ongoing investigation. Pacific Division officers responded […]

  • A witness captured footage of a road rage incident in Koreatown on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

    LAPD Asks For Help in Identifying Man Involved in Violent Koreatown Road Rage Incident

    Hoping to identify a man involved in a Koreatown road rage incident that occurred on May 26, Los Angeles police have released video of the violent altercation. The confrontation began about 7:30 p.m. in a residential area near the intersection of West Fourth Street and South Ardmore Avenue, according to the LAPD. Footage of the incident, recorded by a witness and made public on Thursday, appears to show two men kicking each other on a sidewalk. One is wearing a white […]

  • A woman was attacked near Arcadia High School on Aug. 25, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Sought After Assaulting 2 Women Near Arcadia Schools: Police

    A man who attacked two women near Arcadia schools by giving them unwanted “bear hugs” while thrusting was being sought for battery Thursday, according to police. The assaults occurred Tuesday morning, less than a mile apart, an Arcadia Police Department news release stated Wednesday. Both women were walking away from their respective vehicles when the man approached them from behind and gave them “bear hugs.” While being held, the women felt several pelvic thrusts before being released. Neither woman was […]

  • Ramon Barrientos is shown in a photo provided to KTLA. He was identified by family as the person fatally shot El Sereno on Aug. 25, 2015.

    Family ID’s Man, 27, Found Dead With Multiple Gunshot Wounds in El Sereno

    A man found dead after being shot about six times in El Sereno was identified by family members Tuesday as a 27-year-old with paranoid schizophrenia. Police responded to reports of six gunshots being fired near Ithaca Avenue and Haven Street (map) around 1:45 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Patricia Sandoval said. Responding officers discovered the victim, described by police as a Hispanic man in his late 20s to early 30s, dead on the sidewalk. The man was 27-year-old Ramon Barrientos, […]

  • City firefighters worked Aug. 21, 2015, outside a building where an explosion occurred the previous night. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Thunderous Explosion’ Rocks Downtown L.A. High-Rise Office Building; 4 Injured: LAFD

    An investigation was underway Friday after a “thunderous explosion” rocked the basement of a high-rise building in the Financial District of downtown L.A. the previous night, leaving four people with minor injuries, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. About 161 firefighters responded to 811 Wilshire Blvd. shortly after 10:10 p.m. and found evidence of an explosion and fire on a subterranean level of the 22-story office building, according to an LAFD news release. In addition to smoke and flames, crews also […]