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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 road closure is seen in Montecito as a powerful spring storm arrived on March 21, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Atmospheric River’ Triggers Mandatory Evacuations for Parts of Santa Barbara, Ventura and L.A. Counties

    It’s called an “atmospheric river” — basically a river in the sky — that could unleash catastrophic amounts of rain. And the major storm is barreling right toward the fire-scarred regions of Southern California, with a potential to trigger flash flooding, mudslides and significant debris flow. The heaviest rainfall is expected Wednesday afternoon through Thursday, and officials have already ordered mandatory evacuations in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. “That’s a concern when you put in the heaviest rainfall anywhere in […]

  • Crime Scene vehicles and local law enforcement work the scene of a bombing on March 19, 2018, near the 4800 block of Dawn Song Drive in Austin, Texas. Police and bomb experts are investigating a fourth mysterious bombing this month in the Texas state capital, a blast that injured two young men in their 20s. (Credit: SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Texas Police Believe ‘Serial Bomber’ Is on the Loose After Fourth Blast in Austin

    Austin police just confirmed what residents have feared for weeks — a suspected serial bomber is attacking their city. For the fourth time this month, a device exploded on Austin residents. What makes Sunday night’s blast especially terrifying is that the device was left on the side of a residential road and triggered by a tripwire, police said Monday. Investigators have found similarities between that device and three previous bombs, which were stuffed inside packages and left on residents’ doorsteps, […]

  • A banner is displayed bearing the names of the 17 Parkland victims on March 14, 2018, as students from Venice High School join others in a nationwide walkout to protest gun violence. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

    SoCal Students Stream Out of Classrooms in Solidarity With National School Walkout

    Students across Southern California left their classrooms Wednesday morning as part of a nationwide walkout in support of stricter gun control laws in the U.S. The demonstrations began at 10 a.m. in each time zone for schools across the country and were expected to last for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 killed exactly one month ago during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. In anticipation of thousands of students walking out in the […]

  • President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego on March 13, 2018. (Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    ‘California Is Begging Us to Build Walls,’ Trump Says at Border During 1st Presidential Visit to Golden State

    After 14 months of avoiding the nation’s most populous state, President Donald Trump arrived for his first presidential tour of California on Tuesday, a trip he kicked off at the U.S.-Mexico border to view prototypes for his long-promised wall. The president arrived at the Otay Mesa testing site around 12:20 p.m. and spoke alongside a Border Patrol official who has been stationed in the area 25 years — since before the existing wall was constructed — reiterating his belief that the $18-billion […]

  • President Donald J. Trump leaves after speaking to supporters at the Atlantic Aviation Hanger in Moon Township, Pennsylvania on March 10, 2018. (Credit: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

    White House Defends Walk Back of Trump’s Gun Law Proposals, Says There’s Little Support for Age Limit Change

    The White House on Monday defended its piecemeal approach to combating gun violence and insisted President Donald Trump hasn’t entirely abandoned the idea of raising the minimum age for purchasing guns, hours after the President said there was “not much political support” for the initiative. “Right now, the President’s primary focus is on pushing through things that we know have broad bipartisan support,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said. “But we haven’t let go of some of those other […]

  • Rain runoff is seen in Carpinteria on March 2, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mandatory Evacuation Orders Lifted for Burn Areas as Winter Storm Brings Rain, Snow to SoCal

    Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted Friday morning for areas of Santa Barbara County where officials were initially concerned a winter storm could bring more destructive mudslides to the region’s recent burn areas. The storm, which arrived overnight Thursday, was expected to bring about an inch of rain to the coastal and valley areas and occasionally drop heavy showers, the National Weather Service stated. Foothill and mountain areas were expected to see as much as 3 inches of rain from the […]

  • Authorities are recommending evacuations in Santa Barbara County ahead of a winter storm expected to hit the area. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

    Authorities Recommend Evacuations in Parts of Santa Barbara County Ahead of Storm

    Authorities are urging residents to evacuate in parts of Santa Barbara County ahead of a winter storm expected to hit the area Thursday. The Sheriff’s Office recommended that residents in parts of Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria evacuate starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The county has created an interactive map that shows which neighborhoods are most at risk. “This is giving them more than enough warning to begin to prepare,” said Terri Nisich, a county spokeswoman. “Those with […]

  • Clouds from a winter storm move into Los Angeles in February 2018. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

    Winter Storm Brings Rainfall, Snow to SoCal and More Is on the Way

    A cold winter storm that brought overnight rain and snow to Southern California had mostly cleared out by Tuesday morning but still presented a chance of brief showers and thunderstorms throughout the day, forecasters said. Parts of Los Angeles County received more than half an inch of rain late Monday, including the Puddingstone Reservoir in San Dimas, which received 0.57 inches, and the San Gabriel Dam in Azusa, which received 0.51 inches. There were brief, heavy downpours. Between 9:30 and […]

  • Scenic artist Dena D' Angelo reaches over and wipes a giant Oscar statue at the Academy Awards in 2016, on the red carpet near the entrance to the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

    Street Closures for Oscars Ceremony in Hollywood Will Continue for Over a Week

    If you were planning to cruise Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday night, go early. At 10 p.m., the block west of Highland Avenue — where the TCL Chinese Theatre, El Capitan Theatre, Madame Tussauds Hollywood and Michael Jackson’s star are found — will be closed to vehicles. The closure, to clear the way for construction of camera stations, fan bleachers and pre-show stages for the 90th Oscars ceremony, will continue through 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 7. In a plan worked out […]