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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
  • Police investigate a home invasion in Sun Valley on Oct. 20, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Home-Invasion Victim Struck With Baseball Bat in Sun Valley

    Police are searching for a pair of robbers who struck a man with a baseball bat during a home invasion in Sun Valley early Friday morning. The incident occurred shortly after midnight at a home in the 11200 block of Elkwood Street, an investigator at the scene told KTLA. The home was occupied by a man, his parents, and his young son when the two mask-wearing intruders entered, according to the investigator. One of the intruders was armed with a […]

  • Protesters leave a Police Commission meeting in August after voicing their opposition to a proposal by the LAPD to test drones. (Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

    Over Protests, L.A. Police Commission Approves Use of Drones for 1-Year Program

    The Police Commission on Tuesday approved a year-long test of drones by the LAPD, allowing the police department to become the largest in the nation to try using the controversial devices. The 3-1 vote was met by jeers from dozens of people who crowded the Police Commission’s meeting room, many of whom repeatedly urged the civilian oversight panel to reject the proposal. “Shame on you!” some shouted. “Shame on you!” That frustration spilled outside the LAPD’s downtown headquarters as protesters settled […]

  • Telephone Pole Fire Leads Authorities to ‘Massive’ Marijuana Grow Operation in Placentia

    Investigators discovered a large-scale marijuana grow operation after responding to a fire in Placentia Sunday afternoon. Callers reported a wooden telephone pole was on fire and power lines were down in the street in the 700 block of South Melrose Avenue about 3:18 p.m., the Placentia Police Department stated in a news release. Fire crews extinguished the blaze, which left area residents temporarily without power. Southern California Edison employees traced the cause of the fire to a power surge coming […]

  • A DC-10 makes a drop as the Anahiem Hills fire rages along 241 and Santiago Canyon Rd in Orange. (Credit: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

    Damage From Canyon Fire 2 to Keep 241 Toll Road Closed Until Further Notice

    A section of the 241 Toll Road damaged as a result of the Canyon Fire 2 will keep the roadway, which connects Yorba Linda to Rancho Santa Margarita, closed until further notice, officials said. The toll road is closed in both directions between the 91 Freway and East Santiago Canyon Road/Chapman Avenue, The Toll Roads stated in an alert Wednesday. “As a result of the Canyon Fire 2, which broke out the morning of Monday, October 9, a section of […]

  • An American flag adorns a burned-out pickup truck in Santa Rosa, where fierce, dry winds whipped the Tubbs fire — one of 17 burning in the state — through residential areas. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times )

    At Least 21 Killed, More Than 500 Missing in Northern California Wildfires

    Firefighters battling deadly blazes in Northern California face a daunting new challenge Wednesday: Winds are expected to pick back up, threatening to spread wildfires that already have killed 21 people, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced thousands of evacuations. Most of the fires were ignited Sunday, driven by winds of up to 79 mph and dry conditions. The winds died down early this week, but gusts around 40 mph are possible Wednesday, and no rain is forecast for the next […]

  • A home in Anaheim Hills, seen on Oct. 10, 2017 was damaged during the Canyon Fire 2. (Credit: KTLA)

    Canyon Fire 2: Most Evacuations Related to Blaze Lifted; Fire 40 Percent Contained

    A brush fire that destroyed several homes in the Anaheim Hills area Monday continued to grow overnight, prompting  officials to keep evacuation orders in place for thousands of Orange, Tustin and Anaheim residents for most of the day Tuesday. But by the evening, about 15,000 residents were allowed to return to their homes. The fire, dubbed Canyon Fire 2, has scorched about 8,000 acres and was 40 percent contained, authorities said Tuesday night. About 13 homes were destroyed and another 21 […]

  • Flames ravage a home in the Napa wine region in California on Oct. 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region. (Credit: Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images)

    10 Killed, More Than 100 Injured as Fast-Moving Wildfires Burn Homes and Prompt Evacuations in 3 NorCal Counties

    Wildfires roared across California on Monday, forcing evacuations and destroying homes and businesses in their paths. The biggest fires burned in the wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties. Here’s what we know so far, according to California authorities. • Ten people have died — seven in Sonoma County, one in Mendocino County and two in Napa County. • More than 100 people were being treated at Napa- and Sonoma-area hospitals for fire-related injuries or health issues including burns, smoke […]

  • President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet with first responders in Las Vegas on Oct. 4, 2017. (Credit: CNN)

    President Trump Meets With Las Vegas Shooting Survivors, First Responders in Aftermath of Tragedy

    President Donald Trump avoided the topic of gun control while visiting Las Vegas Wednesday, just days after the deadliest shooting in modern American history. The visit, which comes hours after Trump visited Puerto Rico to survey the damage wrought by Hurricane Maria, marks the President’s second trip to soothe national concerns in as many days. in Las Vegas, Trump met with local politicians, first responders and survivors of the shooting that killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others. Though Washington […]

  • Mourners attend a candlelight vigil at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting, October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Las Vegas Massacre: Gunman Had Cameras Inside and Outside Room, Fired Weapons for 9 Minutes

    Every detail of this indiscriminate mass murder seemed meticulously planned. The selection of a hotel room overlooking a music festival, days before the attack. The cache of 23 weapons inside the gunman’s Las Vegas suite. And thousands of rounds of ammunition — plus an ingredient used in explosives — inside the killer’s home and car. The latest revelation came Tuesday afternoon when police said gunman Stephen Paddock set up cameras inside his hotel suite and in the hallway. Police are […]