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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 section of Baxter Street in Echo Park, as seen in a still from Drone5.

    Safety Measures to Be Put in Place for One of Steepest Roads in L.A.

    Drivers skid on it, then crash into cars, fences and garden walls. Fire trucks and buses get stuck on it. And a neighbor asked a navigation app to remove it as a shortcut because of its dangers. Now Baxter Street in Echo Park, one of the steepest roads in Los Angeles, is about to get a makeover. Los Angeles transportation officials announced several changes Friday to the notorious street and others nearby to mitigate what they called “a major safety […]

  • A police vehicle is seen following a crash in Van Nuys on May 21, 2018.

    Officers Hospitalized After Crashing SUV During Pursuit of Stolen U-Haul in Van Nuys

    Two officers were hospitalized, and two civilians suffered minor injuries after a police SUV crashed during the pursuit of a stolen U-Haul in Van Nuys Monday morning. The pursuit began about 3:55 a.m. when the officers located a stolen moving truck on Woodman Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Rich Brunson said. The officers were specifically out looking for stolen vehicles due to what Brunson described as a “rising trend” of U-Hauls getting taken in the area. The chase progressed […]

  • Investigators search for evidence in a Mercedes-Benz GLK parked in a Rolling Hills Estates mall garage after a woman was found stabbed to death inside the SUV on May 3, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Identified as Suspected Killer in Rolling Hills Estates Stabbing Death

    A 39-year-old woman has been arrested and “will be charged with murder” in the stabbing death of 66-year-old Susan Leeds, whose body was found inside her own vehicle in the parking garage of a Rolling Hills Estates mall earlier this month, the Los Angeles County sheriff said Friday. The suspect, identified as Cherie Townsend, was taken into custody early Thursday morning in Victorville and was being held on $1 million bail, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said during a morning news conference. […]

  • Authorities investigate a homicide in Stanton on May 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Homicide Investigation Underway in Stanton After Man Found Dead Inside Car

    A homicide investigation was underway Thursday after a man was found dead inside a car in Stanton. Authorities received a 911 call reporting the incident around midnight, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Russ said. Video from the scene showed authorities investigating a four-door silver Cadillac outside Katella Mobile Home Estates near the intersection of Dale Avenue and Katella Avenue. A witness told KTLA that two people shot at the victim while he was inside the car. At least three shots […]

  • Police surround a tented home in Long Beach where a person was barricaded inside on May 16, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Suspected Burglars Barricaded Inside Tented Home in Long Beach Taken Into Custody

    Two suspected burglars  barricaded inside a tented home in Long Beach Wednesday morning, police said. Long Beach police responded to a home in the 100 block of East 35th Street about 2:30 a.m. for a call about a residential burglary. The homeowners observed people inside their home through a security system while it was tented for fumigation, police spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria said. Responding officers secured the scene and made announcements to the people inside the home, before a teen got out […]

  • Austin Beutner is shown in an undated photo. (Credit: (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

    New LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner Spends First Day Touring District

    Los Angeles Unified School District’s new superintendent, Austin Beutner, kicked off his first day of work Tuesday with a choreographed tour of the nation’s second-largest school district, from the San Fernando Valley to Carson. His day began at 5:15 a.m. at a school bus depot and is scheduled to end more than 12 hours later at a parent meeting at Garfield High School. Along the way, Beutner is expected to be joined by school district administrators, L.A. Unified board members […]

  • Erin Mieure talks about how she ended up taking the Highland High School gunshot victim to the hospital. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘There Was a Lot of Blood in Our Subaru’: Family Recalls Driving Highland High Shooting Victim to Hospital

    The quick thinking of one Highland High senior and her mother may have helped the victim in last week’s school shooting keep her hand. Erin Mieure and her mother arrived at the Palmdale campus around 7 a.m. Friday and immediately noticed something was wrong when they saw students running out of the front gates. “All of a sudden, the victim actually came out with blood and he’s like, ‘He shot me. He shot me,’” Mieure said. Mieure and her mother […]

  • Authorities investigate a deputy involved shooting in El Monte on May 8, 2018. (Credit: RMG News)

    Man Wounded in El Monte Deputy Shooting Reached for Replica Handgun, Sheriff’s Dept. Says

    A man who reached for what turned out to be a replica handgun was wounded in El Monte by a Los Angeles deputy who opened fire Tuesday night, the Sheriff’s Department stated Wednesday. The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. when a deputy encountered the man walking along the sidewalk near the intersection of Seaman Avenue and Giovane Street, the Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release. The deputy saw what appeared to be a handgun tucked into the man’s front […]

  • UC workers picket outside the UCLA campus on May 8, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Surgeries Rescheduled, Dining Services Limited During UC Workers Strike

    A massive labor strike across the University of California on Monday forced medical centers to reschedule more than 12,000 surgeries, cancer treatments and appointments, and campuses to cancel some classes and limit dining services. More than 20,000 members of UC’s largest employee union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, walked off their jobs on the first day of a three-day strike. They include custodians, gardeners, cooks, truck drivers, lab technicians and nurse aides. Two altercations […]