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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 Palos Verdes Estates police officer watches for trouble at Lunada Bay, where local surfers have clashed with outsiders. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

    Group Plans Paddle Out Protest at Lunada Bay, Wants Name of Beach Changed

    A local group is organizing a paddle out protest at Lunada Bay for Monday, where alleged aggressive localism has kept many from enjoying what is considered some of Southern California’s best waves. Mark Mester reports from Palos Verdes Estates for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Jan. 13, 2017.

  • A fire burned through a fire station in Buena Park on Jan. 12, 2017. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Fire Truck Destroyed as Flames Tear Through Fire Station in Buena Park

    A fire truck was destroyed early Thursday morning when a fire station near Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park caught fire. The incident began about 3:30 a.m. at fire station 61 located in the 8000 block of Western Avenue, Orange County Fire Authority Captain Larry Kurtz said. The station’s fire engine was out on a call when the fire broke out, but a fire truck was still parked inside, Kurtz said. The flames burned through first and second floors of the station, as […]

  • President Barack Obama delivers a farewell speech to the nation on Jan. 10, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois. (Credit: Scott Olson / Getty Images)

    Obama Offers Challenge, Warnings in Farewell Address From Chicago

    Popular but politically humbled, President Barack Obama said goodbye to the nation Tuesday night, declaring during his farewell address that he hasn’t abandoned his vision of progressive change but warning that it now comes with a new set of caveats. His voice at moments catching with emotion, Obama recounted a presidency that saw setbacks as well as successes. Admitting candidly that political discourse has soured under his watch, Obama demanded that Americans renew efforts at reconciliation. “It falls to each […]

  • Officers in tactical gear sweep the airport terminal at FLL.

    L.A. Counter-Terrorism Expert Weighs in on Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting

    Dr. Erroll G. Southers, a counter-terrorism expert, spoke with KTLA about a mass shooting that occurred at the Fort Lauderdale Airport on Friday and some of the potential repercussions that could stem from the incident. Mark Mester and Lu Parker report for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Jan. 6, 2017.

  • The famous Hollywood sign reads "Hollyweed" on New Year's Day after it was altered. (Credit: Gene Blevins / AFP/Getty Images)

    New Clues on Social Media Could Lead Police to ‘Hollyweed’ Sign Prankster

    Photos and stories posted on Instagram could lead police to the person responsible for the New Year’s Day prank where the iconic Hollywood sign was altered to read “Hollyweed.” Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Jan. 3, 2017.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech on Middle East peace at the U.S. Department of State on December 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

    John Kerry Calls for Revival of Peace Talks With Palestinians; Benjamin Netanyahu Says Speech Is ‘Skewed Against Israel’

    With less than a month left in office, Secretary of State John Kerry issued a stern rebuke Wednesday over Israeli settlements and warned that the two-state solution to the enduring conflict with Palestinians is at risk. Kerry defended the United States’ decision last week to abstain from a vote on — and not veto — a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as one aimed at “preserving the two-state solution,” which he called “the […]

  • Federal prosecutor's office and the Federal Criminal Police Office in Berlin released this flyer of Anis Amri, the suspect in the Christmas market on Dec. 22, 2016.

    Berlin Christmas Market Attack Suspect Anis Amri Killed in Milan Shootout

    The Berlin Christmas market attack suspect Anis Amri has been killed in Milan, according to Italian state police. The suspect was killed in a shootout in Sesto San Giovanni — a town near Milan — just after 3am local time, say Italian police in their Twitter feed. When the man was asked for his papers, he pulled a .22 calibre gun out of his backpack and fired, continued the tweet. The driver of the police car returned fire, killing the […]

  • Cars pass by a billboard showing U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin placed by pro-Serbian movement in the town of Danilovgrad, Montenegro, on Nov. 16, 2016. (Credit: SAVO PRELEVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

    Trump Says U.S. Must ‘Strengthen and Expand’ Its Nuclear Arsenal Hours After Putin Announced Similar Desires

    President-elect Donald Trump signaled Thursday that he will look to “strengthen and expand” the US’s nuclear capability, tweeting just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin called for enhancing his country’s nuclear program. “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes,” Trump tweeted late Thursday morning. The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its […]

  • Police investigate a double stabbing in Whittier on Dec. 20, 2016. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Daughter Arrested in Double Stabbing That Left Santa Fe Springs Man Dead, Girlfriend Wounded

    Police arrested the daughter of a Santa Fe Springs man who died after he and his girlfriend were stabbed in their Santa Fe Springs home Tuesday night. Officers responded to a stabbing call in the 8000 block of Sorenson Avenue about 9:49 p.m., Whittier Police Department Lt. Jay Tatman said. A man and a woman found inside the home suffering from stab wounds were taken to a nearby hospital, where the man later died, Tatman said. The woman, who was […]