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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
  • Dozens of gunshots were fired during a deadly shooting outside Stingers Nightclub in San Bernardino on March 4, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Police ID Two Men Killed in Shooting Outside Packed Nightclub in San Bernardino

    An investigation was underway in San Bernardino Wednesday after multiple shooters opened fire outside a packed nightclub overnight, killing two people and injuring five others, police said. About 200 people were leaving Stingers Bar and Nightclub in the 100 block of West Club Center Drive (map) just after 1:45 a.m. when the gunfire erupted, according to the San Bernardino Police Department. A separate but likely “related” shooting also occurred at an Arco gas station located about a quarter-mile down the […]

  • A stunning time lapse video released by the National Weather Service captured a hailstorm that hit Huntington Beach on March 2, 2015.

    Time Lapse Video Captures Historic Hail That Left Huntington Beach Looking Like Winter Wonderland

    The city of Huntington Beach has released time lapse video of the rare and historic hail storm that created a winter wonderland in the area. The video captured the hail before, during and after it began covering the beach, which was around 10:20 a.m. Monday, according to the weather service. The National Weather Service reported that the hail was the first ever the agency had on record in Huntington Beach. Between half-and inch to an inch of the pea-sized hail […]

  • One person was killed and four others were injured during a shooting at a Santa Ana restaurant on March 2, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Shooting at Santa Ana Restaurant Leaves 1 Dead, 4 Injured

    One person died and four others, including two possible gunmen, were injured after a shooting at a Santa Ana restaurant Monday morning, local police said. The shooting occurred at El Zocalo Mexican Steak House in the 300 block of North Tustin Avenue (map) around 12:45 a.m., said Anthony Bertagna with the Santa Ana Police Department. The restaurant is open until 2 a.m. on Sundays, according to its Yelp page, and Bertagna said the altercation occurred in the bar area. One person died […]

  • Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    $150,000 Oscar Dress Worn by Lupita Nyong’o Stolen From Hotel in West Hollywood

    The pearl-covered dress worn by actress Lupita Nyong’o during Sunday’s Academy Awards show was stolen from the West Hollywood hotel where the 2014 Oscar-winner was staying, investigators said Thursday. Authorities received a call just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday that the dress was stolen from The London West Hollywood Hotel, according to Lt. William Nash of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. It was unclear if the call was made by Nyong’o, one of her people, or the hotel staff, according […]

  • A driver was killed after crashing into a building in Inglewood on Feb. 26, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Driver Dies After Crashing Into Inglewood Church

    A male driver was killed after crashing his vehicle into a church in Inglewood early Thursday, authorities said. Emergency crews responded to the 500 block of Eucalyptus Avenue around 12:30 a.m. (map) after receiving a report of a car into a building, according to Supervisor Pitman with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Pitman said. His name has not been released. An Urban Search and Rescue crew was called to the scene […]

  • David Park is shown in a booking photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Feb. 24, 2015.

    Science Teacher in Hacienda Heights Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Relationship With Student

    A 37-year-old teacher at a Hacienda Heights high school has been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female student, authorities said Tuesday. David Park, a Chino Hills resident who teaches at Los Altos High School, was taken into custody by Special Victims Bureau detectives at his home on Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He was held on suspicion of oral copulation, lewd act with a child 15 years old, and sexual […]

  • A squat lobster is seen on Newport Beach. (Credit: @audrey.eliza via Instagram)

    Thousands of Squat Lobster Wash Ashore in Newport Beach

    Much of Newport Beach was covered in crustaceans Monday morning after thousands of squat lobster washed ashore. Viewers sent in photos and videos of the unusual sight, but according to Julianne E. Steers of the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, the crab-like creatures end up on shore like this about every six years or so. The squat lobster usually end up onshore during an El Nino event or when water temperatures get warm, according to Steers. Although they are often mistaken […]

  • The storm was welcomed at Snow Summit in Big Bear on Feb. 23, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Storm Brings Much-Needed Rain, Snow to SoCal, Prompts Health Advisory at Beaches

    A storm that moved east across Southern California Sunday and Monday brought snow to the local mountains, and rain to the parched region, prompting a public health advisory for beaches in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Since the storm began Sunday, up to 2 inches of rain fell in some spots in the L.A. County mountains, with most valley areas seeing a half-inch or less through 8 a.m. Monday. Scattered showers and more snow in the mountains were expected through […]

  • Six inches of snow fell on Big Bear overnight on Feb. 23, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Snow Falls in Big Bear, May Help Extend Winter-Sports Season

    About six inches of snow fell in Big Bear overnight Monday, causing officials to say the winter-sports season may last longer than previously predicted. Mark Mester reports from Big Bear for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.