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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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  • Ben Carson delivers remarks during a Trump campaign event at the DoubleTree by Hilton November 1, 2016 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Trump Chooses Ben Carson for HUD Secretary

    Dr. Ben Carson will be nominated as the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Trump transition team announced Monday. “I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development,” President-elect Donald Trump said in a statement. “Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities. We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and […]

  • President-elect Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd after speaking at U.S. Bank Arena on December 1, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Credit: Ty Wright/Getty Images)

    Donald Trump Starts Thank You Tour in Ohio; Supporters Chant ‘Lock Her up’

    Donald Trump delivered an unmistakable message Thursday in his first big speech since election night — the unconventional, impulsive and unscripted person who won a stunning victory is the one that America will get as its President. The President-elect emerged from three weeks closeted in Trump Tower and his private resorts where he is building his Cabinet, for a full bore, campaign style rally, before a fired up and adoring crowd on the first leg of a pre-inauguration “thank-you” tour […]

  • Authorities were investigating a fatal shooting at the Toluca Hills Apartments in Hollywood Hills on Nov. 29, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAPD Investigating Body Found in Parking Structure at Hollywood Hills Apartment Complex as Homicide

    Police on Tuesday were investigating a body found in suspicious circumstances in the Hollywood Hills, on the border with Studio City, authorities said. Officers responded to a call about a dead body at the Toluca Hills Apartments in the 3600 block of Barham Boulevard around 1:27 p.m., according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im. The incident was being investigated as a “murder,” he said. North Hollywood officers told homicide detectives they found the body of a Hispanic male in […]

  • KTLA reporter Mark Mester stands next to Vasquez Canyon Road, which continued to buckle on Nov. 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Vasquez Canyon Road in Santa Clarita Set to Reopen Following Landslide Damage

    Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Nov. 23, 2016.

  • A man was fatally shot by deputies after a standoff in La Mirada on Nov. 22, 2016. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Standoff at La Mirada Convenience Store Ends in Deadly Shootout

    An armed man involved in a hourslong standoff with deputies in La Mirada was fatally shot Tuesday morning after exiting a convenience store and appearing to open fire on authorities. The incident began about 9:15 p.m. Monday when an armed man entered an ampm in the 13500 block of Beach Boulevard, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jeff Dusky said. The man ordered customers and employees to get away and barricaded himself inside the store for about three hours, Dusky […]

  • Most California voters support legalizing recreational marijuana, according to results of a poll released on Sept. 12, 2016.  (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

    Prop 64: California Voters to Decide on Legalized Recreational Marijuana

    Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Nov. 8, 2016.

  • Police investigate a fatal crash involving a pedestrian in Van Nuys on Nov. 8, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Pedestrian Struck, Killed Moments After Being Released From Hospital in Van Nuys

    A pedestrian who was struck and killed outside a hospital in Van Nuys Tuesday morning had just been released from the facility after receiving treatment, police said. The crash was reported about 2 a.m. on Vanowen Street, just east of Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Rich Brunson said. The vehicle was traveling westbound when the driver hit the pedestrian, Brunson said. The unidentified victim, who had just been released from Valley Presbyterian Hospital, was pronounced dead at the […]

  • Police investigate an officer-involved shooting in Santa Ana on Nov. 6, 2016. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Man Shot, Killed During Altercation With Officers in Santa Ana

    A man who was shot during an altercation with Santa Ana officers late Sunday night has died, police confirmed Monday. Officers spotted a white pickup truck parked in front of a business near the intersection of Edinger Avenue and South Sullivan Street about 11:30 p.m. and attempted to contact the driver, Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. The driver got into a physical altercation with police, resulting in an officer firing a Taser at him, Bertagna said. It […]

  • Hillary Clinton, left,, speaks at a campaign rally at Kent State University in Ohio on Oct. 31, 2016. Donald Trump, right, speaks, at Macomb Community College in Warren Michigan on Oct. 31, 2016. (Credit: Justin Sullivan and Jeff Kowalsky/Getty Images)

    Trump Edges Ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire, WBUR Poll Shows

    Donald Trump is neck-and-neck against Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, according to a new poll released Thursday. According to the WBUR poll, Trump led Clinton 40% to 39% among likely New Hampshire voters. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is at 10%, Green Party nominee Jill Stein is at 3%, and 4% refused to answer or said they were undecided. In the last WBUR survey released October 14, Clinton was beating Trump by 3 percentage points, 41% to 38%. Additionally, 70% of […]