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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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  • A car remains stuck in the mud as a cleanup crew work to clear mud beside a closed off section of US Hwy 101 in Montecito on January 9, 2018. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

    100 Homes Destroyed, 17 Dead in Santa Barbara County Mudslides Called ‘Mass Casualty Incident’

    The founder of a Catholic school is among the 17 people killed in deadly mudslides and flooding in Southern California. Hundreds of rescuers and dogs continued searching for people Wednesday, slogging through mud and debris. Roy Rohter, 84, and his wife, Theresa, were swept from their Montecito home, the headmaster said. Theresa was rescued, said Michael Van Hecke, headmaster of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, which Rohter founded in 1994. Authorities have not confirmed the names of the dead. Children […]

  • A man walks by destruction along Olive Mill Road in Montecito on Jan. 9, 2018. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

    Family Members Frantically Search for Loved Ones Missing in Montecito Mudslide

    As the death toll rose to 15 in the Montecito mudslide disaster, family members continue to frantically look for loved ones who might still be missing. At the evacuation center at Santa Barbara City College on Monday night, someone had put up a white posterboard, with “message board” scrawled in black. Below, in blue, was scrawled “Augie & Karen Johnson,” with a question mark in front of their names. Below and next to it were other names, also with question marks, as […]

  • Deputies respond to the scene where a man was fatally stabbed in Pico Rivera on Jan. 3, 2018. (Credit: RMG News)

    Man Found Stabbed to Death in Street in Pico Rivera; Suspect at Large

    Authorities were attempting to identify a suspect Thursday morning after a man was found fatally stabbed in Pico Rivera. Deputies responded to a call about a body in the street near the intersection of San Gabriel River Parkway and Beverly Boulevard around 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, according to Lt. Derrick Alfred with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Officials at first thought the man was a hit-and-run victim but then determined he had multiple stab wounds, Alfred said. The man was a […]

  • The 405 to 105 Freeway connector near Los Angeles International Airport closed Tuesday night for what is a planned monthslong project. (Credit: KTLA)

    405/105 Freeway Connector Closes Near LAX for Monthslong Project

    The 405 to 105 Freeway connector near Los Angeles International Airport closed Tuesday night for what is a planned monthslong project. Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Jan. 3, 2018.

  • A NYPD officer walks on the scene of an apartment fire in the Bronx borough of New York City on December 29, 2017. (Credit: KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Bronx Fire That Killed at Least 12 People Was Started by 3-Year-Old Playing With Stove: Official

    A 3-year-old boy’s screams alerted his mother that a fire had erupted in their first-floor apartment in the Bronx on Thursday night. The boy had been playing with the burners on the kitchen stove, New York fire officials said Friday. When the mother fled the burning apartment with the boy and his 2-year-old sibling, she made a fatal mistake — she left the apartment door open. The tragic result was the deaths of at least 12 people, including at least […]

  • An explosion at a restaurant in Hollywood prompted a massive response from fire and police on Dec. 20, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Explosion at Restaurant Near Hollywood and Highland Prompts Evacuations, Leaves Woman Injured

    An investigation is underway after an explosion at a mixed-use building near the busy intersection of Hollywood and Highland Wednesday night left a woman injured and prompted the evacuation of some residents in Hollywood, authorities said. The explosion occurred about 7:31 p.m., in the first-floor restaurant at 1724 N. Highland Ave., according to a Los Angeles Fire Department alert. The eatery, Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill, was not open at the time. The restaurant sits beneath a six-story apartment building […]

  • Authorities investigate an officer-involved shooting involving an off-duty officer in North Hills on Dec. 20, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Shot After Allegedly Striking Off-Duty LAPD Officer With ‘Hard Object’ in North Hills

    A man in North Hills accused of hitting an off-duty Los Angeles police officer with a “hard object” was hospitalized Wednesday after being shot in the stomach. The incident occurred about 1 a.m. in the 8900 block of Orion Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Meghan Aguilar said. Two off-duty officers got into a confrontation with a man, who allegedly struck one of them with some type of object. “We know it was a hard object. It definitely injured the […]

  • An aerial view shows an Amtrak train derailment in Dupont, Washington, on Dec. 18, 2017. (Credit: KIRO via CNN)

    2 Victims in Amtrak Train Derailment Near Seattle Identified as Rail Advocates

    Two of the three passengers who died when an Amtrak train derailed while racing along a route for the first time were enthusiastic advocates for travel by trains, the Rail Passengers Association said Tuesday. The Washington, D.C. -based organization identified the men as Jim Hamre and Zack Willhoite. Amtrak Cascades 501, carrying 86 people on its initial journey with paying customers, was on a new section of the route from Seattle to Portland when it derailed Monday. The National Transportation […]

  • Atlanta Airport Outage Complicates Already Busy Holiday Travel Season

    The timing could hardly have been worse. Eight days before Christmas and heading into one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, the planet’s busiest airport -Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International – was knocked offline for hours by an apparent fire in underground electrical equipment between its huge concourses. Terminals were without power, jetways inoperative. The airport was at a standstill. The approaching peak in holiday season travel adds significant new complications to full recovery. Electricity has been fully restored after an outage at […]