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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
  • Authorities were investigating a report of an armed robbery at the Calimex Market in Anaheim on Sept. 22, 2016. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Store Manager Opens Fire on Armed Robbers Who Held Up Anaheim Market

    The manager of an Anaheim market opened fire on three apparently armed robbers who held up the store late Thursday night, police said. Police were called to the Calimex Market in the 300 block of Brookhurst Street after a robbery with shots fired call was reported at about 10:13 p.m., said Sgt. Jacob Gallacher with the Anaheim Police Department. Surveillance video from the store showed two people, who appeared to be armed, ordering an employee to open a cash register. One of the […]

  • Firefighters in Santa Clarita battled the Sand fire in July amid sweltering temperatures and heavy winds. (Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

    High Winds, Low Humidity Prompt Critical Fire Danger Warning for SoCal

    Powerful winds, low humidity and landscapes left very dry from years of drought could create critical fire danger conditions in the Southland this week, starting Wednesday, forecasters said. Gusty, northerly “sundowner” winds, with gusts up to 40 mph, are expected to begin Wednesday evening along the western edge of the Santa Ynez Mountains in Santa Barbara County, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. The strong winds will spread to the mountain areas in […]

  • Police take a bloodied man into custody following the discovery of a body in San Bernardino. (Credit: Newspro)

    Bloodied Suspect in Custody Following Death of Man Found in Backyard of San Bernardino Home

    A bloodied and naked suspect found at a San Bernardino home where the body of a man was discovered Tuesday evening has been taken into custody, police said Wednesday. Officers were called to the home in the 1600 block of West 26th Street shortly before 10:30 p.m. when someone called to report a possible murder in progress in the home’s backyard, the San Bernardino Police Department stated in a news release. When officers arrived, they found a man down in the backyard […]

  • A police chase resulted in a fatal crash in Long Beach on Sept. 20, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Driver in High-Speed Pursuit Dies After Crash in Long Beach, Authorities Say

    A driver who led personnel from multiple law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase died after he was ejected from his vehicle in a Long Beach crash Tuesday morning, authorities said. The incident began around 5 a.m. when a Los Angeles Police Department team conducting surveillance on “potentially known suspects that were involved in burglaries” allegedly observed them committing a commercial burglary in Bellflower, according to Capt. Mike Thatcher of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. An LAPD air unit […]

  • Authorities investigate a fatal shooting outside a bar in Bellflower on Sept. 18, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Fatally Shot Outside Bar in Bellflower; Gunman Sought

    Deputies were searching for a gunman Monday who fatally shot a man outside a bar in Bellflower the night before. The shooting occurred just after 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the 17400 block of Virginia Avenue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release. The victim, described only as a man, pronounced dead at the scene, the news release stated. Video showed the victim was shot a short distance from a bar located at the intersection of Virginia […]

  • Maria Mendoza, who was critically injured in a hit-and-run in Long Beach, is seen in a photo released by the Long Beach Police Department on Sept. 13, 2016.

    Long Beach Pedestrian Critically Injured; Hit-and-Run Driver Sought: Police

    Police on Tuesday were searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck and critically injured a 59-year-old woman who was in a crosswalk. Maria Mendoza, of Compton, was critically injured Saturday about 6:14 p.m. while walking in the area of Willow Street and Long Beach Boulevard, the Long Beach Police Department reported in a news release. According to investigators, surveillance video appears to show a smaller SUV — possibly a Toyota Rav-4 — champagne or beige in color, failing to stop […]

  • A stolen vehicle suspect was fatally struck in Boyle Heights on Sept. 14, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suspected Stolen Vehicle Driver Fatally Struck on NB 101 Freeway in Boyle Heights

    A suspected stolen vehicle driver was struck and killed on the 101 Freeway in Boyle Heights Wednesday morning, prompting officials to temporarily shut down all northbound lanes. The incident began about 3 a.m. near East Olympic Boulevard and South Downey Road in East Los Angeles when officers attempted to stop a black Toyota SUV that had possibly been stolen, said Officer Francisco Villalobos with the California Highway Patrol. Officers followed the vehicle onto the northbound 5 and then the northbound […]

  • The newly remodeled and upgraded private and event suites at the Staples Center offer guests a VIP experience. (Credit: KTLA)

    Newly Remodeled Staples Center Suites Offer VIP Experience

    The newly remodeled and upgraded private and event suites at the Staples Center offer guests a VIP experience. Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Sept. 13, 2016.

  • A woman tests a Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone at a Samsung showroom in Seoul on September 2, 2016. (Credit: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Samsung Galaxy Note7 Owners Urged to Turn Off Device Amid Safety Concerns

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Samsung are urging owners of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 to stop using their phones while they work to formalize how a recall will work. The warning comes a week after Samsung announced a voluntary recall of 2.5 million phones worldwide because of a battery problem believed to affect 0.1% of all devices. Some customers reported that their Note 7s caught fire. A government recall would outlaw the selling of the phone. In its statement, […]