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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
  • New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, left, is joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference at Woodhull Hospital following the killing of two New York City police officers on Dec. 20, 2014, in New York City. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Backlash, Finger-Pointing Begin After 2 NYPD Officers Are Ambushed, Killed

    Not too long after a man ambushed and killed two police officers sitting in a patrol car in New York City, the finger-pointing started. Ismaaiyl Brinsley walked up to Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos on Saturday in Brooklyn as they sat in their patrol car and shot them in the head, authorities said. Police said he later used the same gun to commit suicide. Former New York Gov. George Pataki and police union officials quickly lashed out at New […]

  • The Saturday before Christmas 2014, was expected to be the biggest shopping day of the year. (Credit: KTLA)

    Holiday Shoppers Expected to Spend Millions on ‘Super Saturday’

    Can Super Saturday trounce Black Friday? With shoppers surging into malls this weekend for last-minute gifts, the Saturday before Christmas — known as Super Saturday in retail parlance — is predicted to surpass the day after Thanksgiving as the biggest shopping day of the year, according to ShopperTrak. Black Friday has reigned supreme for years, boasting the biggest crowds of shoppers spending the most money. But as more retailers opened on Thanksgiving Day and rolled out promotions in early November, […]

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

    Stores Extend Hours for Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers

    Last-minute holiday shopper were expected to flood shopping malls this weekend, and stores were accommodating them by extending hours. Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Dec. 19, 2014.

  • Ventura County officials were going door-to-door early on Dec. 17, 2014, as mandatory evacuations went into affect in the area mid a flash flood warning. (Credit: KTLA)

    Heavy Rain Prompts Flash-Flood Warnings, Evacuations in SoCal

    Intense, heavy downpours overnight Tuesday prompted flash flood warnings in recent burn areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and mandatory evacuations in Camarillo Springs. A flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service in the Colby Fire Burn Area of Glendora at around 4:20 a.m. Wednesday. It was initially scheduled to expire at 6 a.m., but the weather service canceled it 5 a.m. after the main band of rain passed through the area without incident. City officials […]

  • Homes in Camarillo Springs were red-tagged after being damaged in a mudslide on Dec. 12, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Camarillo Springs Residents Survey Damage After Storm Buries Homes in Mud, Debris

    Cleanup efforts were under way in Camarillo Springs on Saturday, one day after a massive storm sent a torrent of water, rocks, mud and debris into homes. At least 10 homes sustained “significant” damage when the powerful storm triggered a mudslide above San Como Lane around 2 a.m. Friday, authorities said. The neighborhood, located in the Spring Fire burn area, was under a voluntary evacuation order at the time. After the mudslide, authorities changed the evacuations from voluntary to mandatory. […]

  • A driver struck at least three parked vehicles before their own pickup truck overturned in South L.A. on Dec. 14, 2014. (Credit: OnScene)

    Driver Flees After Truck Hits Multiple Vehicles, Overturns in South L.A.

    Police were searching Sunday for a hit-and-run driver who crashed into multiple parked vehicles before their own truck overturned in South L.A.’s Vermont-Square neighborhood. At least three vehicles, including a Department of Water and Power truck, parked near South Hoover Street and West 46th Street (map) were damaged when a black pickup truck slammed into them around 3:30 a.m. The pickup truck then overturned, and the driver fled the scene, apparently on foot.

  • High surf hit Orange County beaches on Sept. 17, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    High Surf Advisory Issued for Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange County Beaches

    Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange County beaches were expected to offer dangerous swimming conditions that included strong rip currents Sunday and Monday, according to high surf advisories issued by the National Weather Service. The strong surf was predicted to impact Los Angeles and Ventura County beaches through midmorning Sunday and again Monday, according to NWS advisories. Surf of 5 to 8 feet was expected to subside through Sunday morning then rebuild Monday afternoon and into the night. In Orange County, an […]

  • Firefighter and paramedics help a woman rescued from the L.A. River on Dec. 12, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAFD Swift-Water Rescue Team Saves 2 People Stranded in Raging L.A. River

    A couple clinging to trees in the middle of the rain-swollen Los Angeles River were helped to safety during a dangerous operation by a firefighter swift-water rescue team in the Atwater Village area Friday morning. Amid a continuing fierce rainstorm, rescuers were first called to the scene at 9:41 a.m., according to Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. About an hour later, a man was located and taken to safety. He told rescuers that his wife was caught […]

  • Southern California was hit by a powerful storm on Dec. 12, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Powerful Storm Brings Dangerous Weather Conditions to SoCal

    Mandatory evacuations were ordered and a portion of Pacific Coast Highway was closed early Friday as a powerful storm slamming Southern California brought heavy rain and strong winds to the region, triggering mudslides and flooding, and leaving tens of thousands of residents without power. At least eight homes were significantly damaged in the storm, while a second-story balcony completely collapsed from a structure in Long Beach. Multiple vehicles were also damaged as intense downpours and gusty winds toppled trees throughout […]