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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
  • L.A. Metro to Consider Increasing Number of Occupants Required for Carpool Lane Use

    The Los Angeles Metro Board plans to study the impact of changing the number of occupants required for vehicles to drive in L.A. County carpool lanes from two to three. Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on March 24, 2017. Click here for more information about the study.

  • Toddlers Abducted During Car Theft in Cathedral City Reunited With Parents

    Two young boys who were abducted Thursday during a vehicle theft in Cathedral City have been reunited with their parents after being found safe in Desert Hot Springs early Friday morning. Two-year-old Carlos Cortez and his 1-year-old brother Jayden Cortez were found by Riverside County sheriff’s deputies about 2:30 a.m. inside the still running stolen vehicle that was abandoned by the thief at a church in the 17400 block of Bubbling Wells Road, said Cathedral City Police Department Deputy Chief Travis […]

  • 3 Injured, 1 Critically, After Explosion at North Hollywood Home Possibly Caused by Reported Grow Operation: LAFD

    Three people were injured, including one who was critically burned, after an explosion damaged three homes in North Hollywood on Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The incident occurred in the 6700 block of North Simpson Avenue, according to an LAFD alert sent around 8:45 a.m.. One patient, a 24-year-old man, was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, fire officials said. Two other men, ages 21 and 55, were treated at the scene and released. The […]

  • Shooting in Sherman Oaks Leaves 1 Man Dead, 1 Critical

    One man was killed and another injured when a gunman opened fire in Sherman Oaks early Wednesday, authorities said. A man in his 20s was found dead in an alleyway in the 5100 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard shortly after 1 a.m., said Officer Irma Mota, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. A second man was shot multiple times and made his way into a nearby apartment complex, Mota said. He was hospitalized Wednesday morning in critical condition. […]

  • LAPD Shoots Carjacking Suspect After Pursuit Ends; Female Kidnapping Victim Stabbed Multiple Times

    Los Angeles police chased a kidnapping and carjacking suspect Tuesday night beginning in South Los Angeles, in an incident that ended in an officer-involved shooting and a victim being stabbed multiple times. The carjacking was reported about 9:40 p.m. in the 100 block of East 102nd Street, according to LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. The pursuit came to an end about 10 p.m near Rosecrans Avenue and Broadway in the unincorporated area between Compton and Gardena, police said. Once the truck stopped, the female […]

  • House GOP Introduces Obamacare Replacement Bill That Would End Mandate

    House Republicans introduced their bill to repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate that also aims to maintain coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and allow children to stay on their parents’ plans until the age of 26. The measure would offer individuals refundable tax credits to purchase health insurance and restructure the country’s Medicaid program so that states receive a set amount of money from the federal government every year — changes experts warn could result in millions of people losing access to […]

  • Father, Son Killed in Port Hueneme Apartment Fire; Mother, Daughter Survive

    A father and son were killed when a fire broke out in an apartment building in Port Hueneme Friday morning. The fire was reported at an eight-unit, two-story building in the 200 block of East C Street at about 4:10 a.m., Ventura County Fire Department information officer Steve Swindle said. Fire crews found an upstairs corner apartment well involved with flames when they arrived, Swindle said. “Out bedroom window faces that apartment and our window was all red so we opened […]

  • Unborn Baby Dies After Pregnant Woman Shot Multiple Times in South L.A.

    A pregnant woman’s unborn baby was killed and she was left in critical condition following a shooting in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood of South Los Angeles Thursday morning. Police responded to the 1300 block of West 77th street to investigate a report of a shooting about 1:41 a.m. The victim, identified as a 19-year-old pregnant woman, had been shot multiple times in the upper body, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Chris Barling said. Authorities had originally said they believed the woman […]

  • Gunman Dead After Opening Fire on SWAT Officers Attempting to Serve Search Warrant in Cerritos: Police

    A gunman who allegedly opened fire on SWAT officers as they attempted to serve a narcotics-related search warrant in Cerritos Friday morning has been killed, police said. The initially gunfire occurred as Long Beach Police Department SWAT officers approached the home near Carmenita Road and 183rd Street about 4:45 a.m. to serve a warrant regarding a narcotics investigation, Long Beach Police Department Sgt. Brad Johnson said. Officers returned fire, but it was at first unclear if the gunman was hit, Johnson […]