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MARK MESTER
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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
  • Vegetation burns on June 20, 2016, above Duarte. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

    San Gabriel Complex Fires Burning Above Duarte, Azusa Char 4,900 Acres

    Hundreds of homes remained under mandatory evacuations Tuesday as a pair of wildfires charred nearly 5,000 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains. Fire officials dubbed the incident — consisting of both the Fish Fire above Duarte and the Reservoir Fire above Azusa — as the San Gabriel Complex fires during a 9 a.m. news conference Tuesday. Earlier Tuesday, officials stated the wildfires had burned a total of about 5,400 acres. The size of the fires was downgraded to 4,900 acres after […]

  • Firefighters are outlined by flames from the Sherpa Fire on June 16, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Local Emergency Declared in ‘Ominous’ 6,321-Acre Santa Barbara County Wildfire

    A wildfire that burned thousands of acres in Santa Barbara County prompted the declaration of  a local emergency as firefighters continued Friday to face difficult conditions. More than 1,200 personnel were responding to the fire, which has been burning since it started near Refugio Road, west of Goleta, on Wednesday. The fire had scorched 6,321 acres and was 20 percent contained, according to a tweet from Santa Barbara County officials just after midnight. About 270 structures are threatened. A water treatment plant that serves […]

  • An excessive heat warning was in effect in L.A. and Ventura Counties on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Cooling Centers Open Amid Extreme SoCal Heat Wave

    With triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions forecast in Southern California this weekend into early next week, a number of cooling centers have opened to help people beat the heat. A heat alert has been issued by L.A. County officials, as high temperatures were expected to hit the Los Angeles Basin, East San Gabriel, and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys, according to a county news release. Health officials have warned that high temperatures coupled with a few hours of […]

  • A magnesium-fueled fire continued to burn in Maywood Wednesday, more than 24 hours after it started. (Credit: KTLA)

    Magnesium-Fueled Fire Burns for More Than 24 Hours in Maywood; Evacuations Still in Effect

    Evacuations and smoke advisories remained in effect for parts of Los Angeles County Wednesday due to a magnesium-fueled fire that broke out in a recycling plant in Maywood Tuesday and continued to burn more than 24 hours later. Fire officials had hoped the fire in the 3500 block of Fruitland Avenue would burn itself out overnight, but realized there was nearly 10,000 pounds of magnesium after gaining access to the area Wednesday morning, Los Angeles County Fire Department Deputy Chief […]

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose on June 2, 2016. (Credit:  JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

    Trump Promises to Deliver ‘Major Speech’ About Clintons

    Donald Trump promised to deliver a “major speech” regarding the Clintons sometime next week. Mark Mester reports from the newsroom for the KTLA 5 Morning News on June 8, 2016.

  • The sun shines bright over a Southern California beach a file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    Southern California Gets Its First Heat Wave of the Year

    The Southland began warming up for its first heat wave of the year Thursday, with highs reaching the mid-80s and coastal areas seeing some impressive surf. Waves reached 14 feet at the Wedge in Newport Beach, as many residents flocked to the water to escape inland heat. Warming will continue through Saturday, with highs in the Los Angeles area hitting the upper 80s, and inland regions sizzling in the 90s and 100s, forecasters say. A high of 103 is forecast […]

  • High surf is seen buffeting the Southern California coast in a file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    High Surf Arrives As Heat Wave Heads to SoCal

    The Southland began warming up for its first heat wave of the year Thursday, with highs reaching the mid-80s and coastal areas seeing some impressive surf. Waves reached 14 feet at the Wedge in Newport Beach, as many residents flocked to the water to escape inland heat. Warming will continue through Saturday, with highs in the Los Angeles area hitting the upper 80s, and inland regions sizzling in the 90s and 100s, forecasters say. A high of 103 is forecast […]

  • A stretch of Corona del Mar State Beach was evacuated after a woman was possibly bitten by a shark. (Credit: Francis Piolo / Instagram)

    Corona Del Mar State Beach Reopened Following Shark Bite

    The Corona Del Mar State Beach reopened Wednesday after a woman was bitten by a shark over the Memorial Day weekend. Chip Yost reports from Corona Del Mar for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on June 1, 2016.

  • The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shared a photo of the Air Rescue 5 crew searching for the missing aircraft on May 30, 2016.

    Student Pilot, Flight Instructor Missing After Plane Disappears Near Catalina Island

    A search is underway for a student pilot and his flight instructor after their small plane disappeared over the coast of Catalina Island during the Memorial Day weekend. Edmond Haronian, 50, of Woodland Hills and his instructor, Jason Glazier, 52, of Encino have been missing since Saturday when their single-engine Cessna 172 never landed at its intended destination. The aircraft departed Catalina Island Airport on Saturday afternoon, but failed to arrive on time at Van Nuys Airport, Federal Aviation Administration […]