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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
  • Sheriff's deputies respond at the scene of a deputy-involved shooting and pursuit termination in Compton on July 28, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    1 Dead, 1 Arrested After Stolen Car Pursuit Leads to Deputy Shootings in Compton

    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies engaged in two shootings Thursday, leaving one man dead and another in custody, after a stolen vehicle pursuit involving an exchange of gunfire ended in Compton. The events began about 2:30 a.m. when deputies spotted a car — which was determined to have been stolen during a carjacking earlier in the evening — and attempted to pull the vehicle over for a traffic violation, sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said. The driver stopped but then took off while deputies […]

  • A smashed glass door is seen at Rosarito Taco Grill in Whittier on July 28, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Burglars Sought in String of Restaurant Break-Ins in La Habra, Whittier

    Authorities were searching for whoever burglarized a string of restaurants in La Habra and Whittier early Thursday morning. Mark Mester reports from Whittier for the KTLA 5 Morning News on July 28, 2016.

  • Police are seen in Watts after an officer was shot on July 25, 2016. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Officer Shot, Wounded During Gun Battle That Left 18-Year-Old Dead in Watts

    A Los Angeles police officer was shot and wounded during a gun battle in Watts that left an 18-year-old man dead Monday night. The incident was reported about 11:10 p.m. near the intersection of 111th and Antwerp streets. Officers were conducting an extra patrol in the Nickerson Gardens housing project when they went to disperse a group of people who were described in initial reports as being disruptive, said Lt. Chris Ramirez with the Los Angeles Police Department. While officers […]

  • Smoke rises out of the burning Sand Fire on July 25, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Sand Fire Burns 55 Square Miles, Destroys 18 Homes; Some Residents Allowed to Return Home

    Some residents affected by a wildfire burning in the Santa Clarita area were allowed to return home Monday evening as firefighters continued to battle the blaze that has scorched more than 35,000 acres, or about 55 square miles in the Angeles National Forest. Most evacuations were lifted at 7 p.m., except for homes on Placerita Canyon Road from Running Horse Lane to Pacy Street and Little Tujunga Canyon Road from the Wildlife Way Station to Sand Canyon Road and Placerita Canyon Road. Areas in Agua Dulce also […]

  • Greg Kruntzman and his 9-year-old daughter were injured during the terrorist attack in Nice, France on July 14, 2016. (Credit: Kruntzman family)

    Culver City Man, Daughter Vacationing in Nice, France Injured During Attack

    Greg Krentzman was on vacation with his wife and daughter in Nice, France, when a man drove a truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day on July 14. He and his daughter were injured, but he told KTLA that he wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for a stranger who took him to a hospital as he was bleeding from a badly broken leg. His 9-year-old daughter was also injured when debris hit by the truck struck her leg. The […]

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    Campaign Denies Allegations Melania Trump Plagiarized Michelle Obama’s Speech

    Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has no plans to fire anybody on the campaign or to take any disciplinary action against anyone for the Melania Trump speech plagiarism controversy, CNN learned Tuesday. As campaign chairman Paul Manafort indicated at his morning news conference, the campaign’s posture is to simply move on from this without addressing it any further. Manafort denied allegations that Melania Trump plagiarized a Michelle Obama speech on the first night of the Republican National Convention, calling the accusation […]

  • Police officers stand in front of an East Baton Rouge police car with bullet holes as it's towed away from the scene where three police officers were killed on July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

    Officers Were ‘Assassinated’ by Baton Rouge Shooter; Police Tighten Security

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. said Monday that the attack that killed three law enforcement officers and wounded three others showed why militarized police tactics are needed. In the last two weeks, police have been up against skilled gunmen in Dallas and Baton Rouge and taken casualties. On Sunday, the Baton Rouge SWAT team’s training kicked in and the team performed flawlessly in responding to an ambush on officers, an emotional Dabadie said at a press conference. […]

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at the Grand Park Events Center on July 12, 2016 in Westfield, Indiana. (Credit: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

    Donald Trump Announces Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as VP Selection

    Donald Trump said Friday Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is his choice to be his running mate. “I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.,” the presumptive Republican nominee tweeted. CNN reported Thursday that Trump had called Pence and offered him the vice presidential slot on his ticket. Pence has accepted. The pick sets up a stark clash in styles: a brash presumptive nominee with […]

  • A roof collapsed after a fire broke out in Montecito Heights on July 13, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Fire Burns Through Strip Mall in Hermon Neighborhood, Causes Roof Collapse

    A fire burned through a strip mall in the community of Hermon Wednesday morning, causing the roof to collapse before firefighters eventually doused the flames. The fire began about 4:30 a.m. in the one-story strip mall located in the 5900 block of Monterey Road, said David Ortiz, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. A sign on the front of the burning building identified the business as Aki Sushi, aerial video from Sky5 showed. Part of the structure was compromised […]