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
  • A homicide investigation was underway at a Hacienda Heights home on Oct. 8, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Missing Car Linked to Discovery of Decomposed Bodies of Woman, Man in Hacienda Heights Home Found

    A car missing from the Hacienda Heights home where the badly decomposed bodies of a woman and man were discovered Wednesday night has been located  in El Monte, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated Thursday. Deputies initially responded to a home in the 16600 block of Carriage Place at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to conduct a welfare check on an 84-year-old female resident who hadn’t been seen in about a week, sheriff’s official said in a news […]

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    ‘Aggressive’ 10-Foot Shark Sighting Shuts Down Water Off Three SoCal Beaches

    The water off Bolsa Chica, Surfside and Sunset beaches was closed Thursday evening after a shark sighting by a surfer was classified as “aggressive.” The surfer reported seeing a 10-foot shark in the water off Sunset Beach and 23rd Street around 3:20 p.m., according to Lt. Claude Panis with Huntington Beach Lifeguards. The shark was believed to be a juvenile great white. Based on the surfer’s report of the shark swimming toward him, the movement was classified as “rushing”, which […]

  • Firefighters are seen fighting a fire at a building in Huntington Park on Oct. 5, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Fire at Storage Facility in Huntington Park Knocked Down After Burning for Hours

    A fire burned for more than seven hours at a one-story storage facility in Huntington Park Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. About 80 firefighters from L.A. County and the Vernon Fire Department battled the blaze, located at 5608 Soto St. in Huntington Park (map), county fire officials tweeted at 9:50 a.m. The metal-clad commercial building was “well involved,” according to fire officials, and thick black smoke could be seen from miles away. Smoke and fire was showing through the […]

  • A woman was transported to a hospital after being stabbed in Silver Lake on Sept. 29, 2015. (Credit: OnScene TV)

    Woman Stabbed in the Face During Purse Snatching in Silver Lake; Attacker Sought

    A woman was hospitalized early Tuesday after a man stabbed her in the face and took her purse in SIlver Lake, LAPD officials said. The victim was walking near Sunset Boulevard and Parkman Avenue shortly before 2 a.m. when the stabbing and theft occurred, according to Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Melvin Gamble. She was transported to County USC Medical Center in unknown condition, Gamble said. Police described her attacker as a man in his 30s, but had no further […]

  • Tampon applicators were among the debris found on the shoreline of Dockweiler State Beach on Sept. 24, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Dockweiler State Beach Closed After Hypodermic Needles, Condoms Found Along Shoreline

    Dockweiler State Beach remained closed Thursday after possible medical waste, including hypodermic needles, was found along the shoreline. Tampon applicators and condoms were found on the beach Wednesday between Ballona Creek and Grand Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Warning signs were posted after water sample results showed bacteria levels exceeded state standards. The beach will be closed until further notice. County spokeswoman Tonya Durrell told reporters the waste was not toxic and “does not pose […]

  • Bouquets of flowers line the street in Tarzana where a 15-year-old girl was killed in a traffic incident on Sept. 21, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Friends Mourn 15-Year-Old Girl Apparently Fatally Struck by Car in Tarzana

    A make-shift memorial was growing in size Tuesday night as an investigation was underway into the death of a 15-year-old girl, who was identified after apparently being struck by a car — possibly during a stunt — in an isolated part of Tarzana. Tsofia Mesica, a sophomore at Yeshiva University High School, was fatally injured in an incident in the 3500 block of Reseda Boulevard on Monday night. Mesica, from Agoura Hills, was identified by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner […]

  • The price of Daraprim has increased from $13.50 to $750 per pill. (Credit: CNN)

    ‘Hated’ CEO Lowering Price of Drug Used to Treat AIDS After Cost Soared From $13.50 to $750

    The company that hiked the price of Daraprim, a drug used to treat AIDS patients, is backing off. Pharmaceutical company Turing increased the price of a drug called Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 a pill and its CEO, Martin Shkreli, quickly became the focus of public anger. The over 4,000% increase also caught the eye of Hillary Clinton. She tweeted about it Monday, saying she wanted to put an end to drug “price gouging.” The Daily Beast declared Shkreli the […]

  • An investigation was underway into an apparent murder-suicide in Rosemead on Sept. 15, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Rosemead: LASD

    A gunman allegedly shot and killed a man in Rosemead before turning the firearm on himself on Tuesday night near a local school, according to officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies responded to a residence in the 2700 block of Willard Avenue after receiving a 911 call regarding a gunshot victim shortly before 10:40 p.m., a sheriff’s news release stated. When they arrived at the home, deputies discovered a 31-year-old Asian man lying in the driveway. He […]

  • A big rig overturned on a Pasadena area freeway amid heavy rain on Sept. 15, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Record Rainfall Wreaks Havoc on SoCal Roads, Prompting Evacuations and Leaving Thousands Without Power

    A late-summer storm brought record rainfall to portions of drought-stricken Southern California on Tuesday, wreaking havoc on local freeways and roads, leaving thousands without power, and prompting the evacuation of 100 residents at one residential building. More than two inches of rain was recorded in downtown Los Angeles, making it the third-wettest September storm since the 1870s, climatologist Bill Patzert with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory told the Los Angeles Times. Within several hours of the rain starting, dozens of collisions […]