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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.”

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  • Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas on Oct. 19, 2016.(Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

    In Final Presidential Debate With Clinton, Trump Refuses to Say Whether He’ll Accept Election Results

    Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to say he would accept the result of the presidential election if he loses to Hillary Clinton, raising the possibility of an extraordinary departure from principles that have underpinned American democracy for more than two centuries. “I will look at it at the time,” Trump said when asked during the final presidential debate whether he would concede if he loses on Nov. 8, following his claims that the election is “rigged” against him. He added: […]

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a Hindu political organization's anti-terror fundraiser, October 15, 2016, in Edison, NJ. (Credit: DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

    Melania Trump: Donald Trump Was ‘Egged on’ Into ‘Boy Talk’

    Melania Trump defended Donald Trump in her first interview since the Republican nominee faced allegations of sexual misconduct, calling those accusations “lies” and saying Trump was “egged on” into “boy talk” during a 2005 tape in which he made lewd comments about women. “I believe my husband. I believe my husband,” she said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday. “This was all organized from the opposition. And with the details … did they ever check the background […]

  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton cheers after speaking at a fundraiser at the Paramount Theater October 14, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Clinton Surges Ahead of Trump in Latest Polls

    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is leading her Republican rival Donald Trump by eight points among likely voters, according to the most recent CNN Poll of Polls, released Monday. The poll average shows Clinton has 47% of support from likely voters, Trump at 39% support, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson with 7% and Green Party nominee Jill Stein getting 2%. The Poll of Polls averages result from the four most recent publicly-released national polls that meets CNN’s standards for publication. All […]

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on October 12, 2016 in Lakeland, Florida. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    New York Times Says It Won’t Retract Donald Trump Sexual Harassment Report

    The New York Times’ general counsel has just informed Donald Trump’s lawyer, in scathing terms, that it will not retract its story about two women who claim that Trump touched them inappropriately. In a letter to Trump attorney Marc E. Kasowitz sent Thursday, New York Times general counsel David McCraw wrote, of the request that the Times retract the story, “We decline to do so.” McCraw then laid into Kasowitz and his client, writing, “The essence of a libel claim, […]

  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on October 10, 2016. (Credit: DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

    Donald Trump’s Feud With Paul Ryan Ignites GOP Civil War

    The tension that has simmered in the Republican Party for years — shutting down the government and nearly bringing the nation to default — escalated into an outright civil war Tuesday. The conflict not only threatens the party’s ability to make any realistic attempt at reclaiming the White House next month, but also previews the conflicts and divides that could consume the GOP for years to come if Trump loses. On one side is Donald Trump, who spent much of […]

  • The Torrance refinery shows flaring on Oct. 11, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Torrance Issues Temporary Shelter-in-Place Order Due to Flaring at Refinery; Outages Affect South Bay

    A shelter-in-place order was temporarily issued for Torrance residents near the former Exxon Mobil refinery due to a flaring event Tuesday morning that followed power outages affecting more than 100,000 customers in the broader South Bay area. Large flames were coming from the refinery, now owned by PBF Energy, just before 6 a.m. as Sky5 was flying near the area. The flaring was continuing into the 8 a.m. hour. Power appeared to be out at the refinery and in the areas […]

  • The Palm Springs community mourns along with the family of slain Officer Jose “Gil” Vega during the memorial. (Credit: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

    Family, Community Mourn Loss of Slain Palm Springs Police Officers

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  • Police were searching for a beige 2007 Subaru Impreza in connection with a carjacking and kidnapping. (Credit: KTLA)

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    The search was on for an armed man who carjacked and kidnapped a person from UCLA, authorities reported Tuesday. At about 4:35 p.m. Monday near UCLA’s Center for Health Sciences, an armed man entered the passenger side of the victim’s car and ordered the victim to drive away from the campus, the UCLA Police Department reported in a crime alert. The victim was held for several hours before being released uninjured. Police said the victim was not affiliated with UCLA, and […]

  • San Bernardino City Hall is seen in a file photo. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

    San Bernardino City Hall Temporarily Closes Amid ‘Heightened Earthquake Alert’ in State

    The San Bernardino City Hall building is closed for the next two days as a precautionary measure due to a a heightened earthquake alert issued by the Governor’s Office Office of Emergency Services, the city said Monday. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have chosen to move the October 3 San Bernardino City Council meeting to October 10, and to operate outside of the City Hall building for the next two days,” a news release from the city of […]