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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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    Gov. Brown Signs Bills to Raise Smoking Age to 21, Restrict E-Cigarettes

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a pack of bills that will raise the smoking age in California from 18 to 21, and restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places. However, Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed counties to seek voter approval of local tobacco taxes to pay for healthcare expenses for those with tobacco-related illnesses. “Although California has one of the lowest cigarette tax rates in the nation, I am reluctant to approve this measure […]

  • A file photo shows a Southwest Airlines plane taking off over Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    Bob Hope Airport in Burbank Gets New ‘Brand Identity’: ‘Hollywood Burbank Airport’

    The Bob Hope Airport in Burbank will soon start going by a new name: the Hollywood Burbank Airport. The change was announced by the airport on Tuesday, a day after the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority chose the new “marketing brand identity.” The airport’s “legal name” will remain Bob Hope Airport, which the facility was renamed in 2003 in honor of the legendary comedian, who lived in nearby Toluca Lake. The phrase Hollywood Burbank Airport will be used to market the Burbank […]

  • Lataz Gray, 22, is seen in an image provided by the Los Angeles Police Department on May 3, 2016.

    Man Arrested in Fatal Stabbing of 2-Year-Old, Wounding of Pregnant Mother in South L.A.

    A 22-year-old man who allegedly stabbed a two-year-old girl to death and critically wounded the child’s pregnant mother in South Los Angeles Monday night has been arrested, police said during a news conference Tuesday. Lataz Gray was arrested at an area hospital after deciding to turn himself in on the advice of his father, said Detective David Garrido with the Los Angeles Police Department. Gray allegedly stabbed 2-year-old Maliaya Tademy multiple times during an argument with his live-in girlfriend, said […]

  • Gustavo Ramirez, 15, left, and Carlos Jovel, 16, were reported missing on April 29, 2016, family members said. They are shown in photos provided by Jovel’s sister.

    Dozens Gather to Pay Tribute to 2 Missing Teenagers Found Dead in L.A. River

    Grieving family members, friends and classmates gathered at the Los Angeles River in the Cypress Park area Monday afternoon after the bodies found over the weekend were identified by a coroner’s official as two missing students from nearby Sotomayor Learning Academies. The teens were Carlos Jovel, 16, and Gustavo Ramirez, 15, according to Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. The boys were described by classmates as “best friends,” who “always had a smile on their face.” “I miss […]

  • A Trump supporter was taken away by ambulance after being injured during the protest in Costa Mesa on April 28, 2016. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

    Violence Erupts as Massive Crowd Floods Into Street Outside Trump Rally in Costa Mesa

    A crowd of several hundred people flooded into the streets in Costa Mesa outside the venue where Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump kicked off his California campaign with a huge rally Thursday night. The group grew even larger as the rally concluded at the Pacific Amphitheater around 8:45 p.m., with sign-carrying protesters shutting down the intersection of Fair Drive and Fairview Road, aerial video of the scene showed. Inside the amphitheater, Trump could be seen signing autographs as his Secret Service […]

  • A little girl cries after five people are pepper-sprayed at a Trump-related rally in Anaheim on April 26, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    5 Pepper-Sprayed as Trump Supporters, Critics Face Off Outside Anaheim City Hall

    A Donald Trump supporter said he and a little girl were among those pepper-sprayed by counter-protesters at a rally outside an Anaheim City Council meeting Tuesday, when the GOP contender was the subject of a controversial measure that would have condemned his “divisive rhetoric.” At least five people were pepper-sprayed at the event, according to Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Daron Wyatt. Three people were treated by paramedics on scene. Raul Rodriguez Jr. of Apple Valley said he was attacked by […]

  • Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a high school in Norfolk, Virginia, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, both on Feb. 29, 2016. (Credit: left, Justin Sullivan/Getty Images; right, Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

    Five States Set to Vote in ‘Acela Primary’ Tuesday

    Donald Trump can’t lock up the Republican nomination Tuesday — but he can counter his two opponents’ divide-and-conquer strategy and reassert his dominance in the race by running the table in five states. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, could finally start to see the finish line. If she’s able to handily defeat Bernie Sanders, she could leave the Vermont senator with no real path to the Democratic nomination. There are 172 Republican delegates at stake, and 384 up for grabs on the […]

  • Donald Trump, John Kasich and Ted Cruz are the final remaining three Republican presidential candidates left in the 2016 race. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images, Scott Olson/Getty Images, David Calvert/Getty Images)

    Cruz, Kasich Announce They Are Joining Forces in Effort to Stop Trump

    Ted Cruz and John Kasich issued startling statements Sunday night about their paths ahead, the first sign the two campaigns are coordinating to deny Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination. Within minutes of each other, the pair issued statements saying they will divide their efforts in upcoming contests with Cruz focusing on Indiana and Kasich devoting his efforts to Oregon and New Mexico. The strategy is aimed at blocking Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates necessary to claim to GOP […]

  • Former professional wrestler Chyna arrives at the 29th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino January 21, 2012 in Las Vegas. (Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    WWE Legend Chyna Posted Rambling YouTube Video Days Before Her Death

    The wrestling star and actress known as Chyna was found dead Wednesday in her Redondo Beach home, three days after posting a rambling and sometimes incoherent video on YouTube. In the 13-minute video posted to her YouTube channel on Sunday, a groggy Chyna, whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer, walks around a beach-side residence talking to herself. She wears headphones and feathers in her hair and speaks in slurred language as she makes herself a smoothie and talks about […]