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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
  • Shoppers waited in line to get into a store at the Citadel Outlets in the City of Commerce on Nov. 28, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Black Friday: Southern California Shoppers Wake Up Early for Deals

    Southern California shoppers were up before dawn the day after Thanksgiving to hit local stores in search of deep discounts and great deals on Black Friday. Chris Wolfe reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. More Videos:

  • Dozens of demonstrators protesting the Ferguson grand jury's decision to not charge an officer in the shooting death of Micheal Brown were arrested on Nov. 26, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Jailed Ferguson Protesters in L.A. Released Before Thanksgiving Dinner: LAPD

    Demonstrators arrested while protesting the Ferguson grand jury’s decision earlier this week were released from jail during Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday even if they hadn’t posted bail, according to officials and protesters . Some 338 people had been arrested in Los Angeles as protestors took to the streets of downtown for three straight days after a Missouri grand jury declined to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. On Wednesday night, 130 protesters were taken into custody after […]

  • A file photo shows travelers walking through an airport terminal. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAX, Other Airports Brace For Busy Thanksgiving Travel Period

    Thanksgiving air travelers were warned to expect possible delays during one of the busiest one of the busiest times of the year at LAX and other U.S. airports. Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.

  • Season of Sharing: Donor Contributes to Food Bank

    As part of KTLA`s 2014 Season of Sharing food drive, a donor contributed a check for $250 at a Whole Foods store in Los Angeles. Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.

  • A tree fell on a Highland Park home, video showed on Nov. 23, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Tree Collapses on Highland Park Home

    Video Sunday morning showed a tree that had fallen on a Highland Park home over the weekend.

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    Bruins, Trojans Begin Tailgating Nearly 12 Hours Before UCLA, USC Rose Bowl Game

    Rivalries between the University of Southern California’s Trojans and University of California, Los Angeles’ Bruins continued to heat up before the teams played against one another at the Rose Bowl Saturday.

  • Heavy rainfall caused mud to enter a Glendora home on Nov. 21, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Heavy Rainfall Brings Mudslides and Hail to San Gabriel Valley

    Glendora residents were asked to assess their homes after at least one local house and car were damaged by mud during heavy rainfall that brought hail elsewhere in the San Gabriel Valley Friday morning. The mudslide left a huge mess in a San Gabriel Mountain foothill neighborhood within the area still recovering from the nearly 2,000-acre Colby Fire, which occurred in January. “Those hills just unloaded mud like crazy,” said Arthur Ludwick, president of the Easley Estates homeowners association. Homeowners were drawn the […]

  • Investigators worked at the scene where two children died in a residential fire in San Bernardino on Nov. 20, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Extreme Fire Hazards’ Found at Illegally Occupied Home Where 2 Children Died in Fire

    Two young children died and their father was critically injured Thursday morning after a fire broke out at their illegally occupied San Bernardino apartment, which lacked a smoke detector, authorities said. The children’s pregnant mother had gone into labor just hours before the fire and checked herself into the hospital, authorities said. She had not been told of her family’s fate. Firefighters arrived shortly after 3:05 a.m. at the home, in the 200 block of West 14th Street (map), and heard screams coming from inside, […]

  • A vacuum truck exploded in Santa Paula on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, leaving several people injured. (Credit: KTLA)

    Investigation Under Way After Vacuum Truck Explodes in Santa Paula Area

    Authorities on Wednesday continued to investigate the cause of a vacuum truck explosion that occurred Tuesday morning at a wastewater disposal facility in the Santa Paula area. The vehicle exploded about 3:46 a.m. at the Santa Clara Waste Water Co. at 815 Mission Rock Road (map), about half a mile southeast of the 126 Freeway, prompting mandatory evacuations, road closures and the cancellation of classes at two elementary schools. An evacuation order remained in effect Wednesday morning for residents within […]