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.”


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    Man Accused of Burglarizing Sandra Bullock’s Home Faces Weapons Charges

    The man accused of burglarizing Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock’s home was expected to appear in court on weapons charges Thursday. Mark Mester reports from downtown L.A. for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

  • Two freshmen at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga were arrested on April 20, 2015, for conspiracy to commit murder. (Credit: KTLA)

    Three Students Linked to Alleged Murder Plots at Two Rancho Cucamonga High Schools

    Three teenagers were behind bars Tuesday after unrelated threats were made against students at two schools in Rancho Cucamonga, authorities revealed Tuesday. A student at Alta Loma High School, 18-year-old Andrew Riccardi, was accused of posting threatening messages on twitter, according to Teresa McMahon with the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department. Riccardi was arrested Monday on campus after officers found two knives in his car, McMahon said. In an unrelated incident, two freshmen at Los Osos High School were also arrested […]

  • A street racing sting operation in South L.A. resulted in dozens of arrests on Monday, April 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    44 Arrested, Hundreds Cited in Crackdown on Illegal Street Racing in South L.A.: LASD

    A massive crackdown on street racing in the Broadway-Manchester neighborhood of South Los Angeles resulted in 44 arrests, more than 200 citations and dozens of cars being towed early Monday, authorities said. The multi-agency operation began around midnight at the intersection of Imperial Highway and Broadway in unincorporated South L.A. with law enforcement cars boxing in suspected street racing vehicles, according to Edgar Figueroa, a public information officer with the California Highway Patrol. “We boxed them in here … because […]

  • Winds toppled a tree in Lake View Terrace on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Santa Ana Winds, Low Humidity Forecast to Hit SoCal, Prompting High Fire Danger Warning

    Firefighters were on high alert Wednesday as strong winds, warm temperatures and low humidity were forecast to hit Southern California over a two-day period, prompting forecasters to warn of  extreme fire danger in the region. In anticipation of the “dangerous” weather conditions and the potential  threat they bring, the Los Angeles Fire Department will be “putting more resources out in the field,” LAFD Capt. Daniel Curry said. A red flag warning was in effect as gusty Santa Ana winds were […]

  • A fire ripped through the third floor of a UCLA School of Dentistry building on April 14, 2015. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Fire Breaks Out at UCLA School of Dentistry Building

    Firefighters mounted an aggressive attack to extinguish a blaze that broke out in a seven-story building on the UCLA campus in Westwood early Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. on the third floor of Building 48A — which is where the university’s School of Dentistry is located — on Tiverton Avenue near Charles E. Young Drive. Fire officials had initially estimated that 115 firefighters battled the blaze and extinguished it by 2:15 a.m. However, LAFD […]

  • A mother and baby were pulled from this vehicle by 2 CHP officers while it was burning in Santa Ana on Monday, April 13, 2015. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

    CHP Officers Rescue Mother, Baby Involved in Fiery Crash in Santa Ana; Alleged DUI Driver Arrested

    CHP officers rescued a mother and her 9-month-old baby from a burning vehicle after it crashed into a tree and burst into flames in Santa Ana early Monday. The 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe was headed northbound on the 55 Freeway off ramp at Seventeenth Street just before 4 a.m. when for unknown reasons it failed to negotiate a right curve, left the roadway and collided with a tree, according to a news release from the California Highway Patrol. Two CHP officers — identified […]

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    Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Found Guilty of All 30 Counts

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his face a blank, stood with his head bowed and his hands clasped as the guilty verdicts tolled one after another for what seemed like an eternity: Guilty of using weapons of mass destruction, guilty of bombing a place of public use, guilty of conspiracy and aiding and abetting. Guilty, guilty, guilty: The word was spoken 32 times. Yes, the jury said, Tsarnaev caused the deaths of Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier. Yes, it […]

  • All southbound lanes of the 605 Freeway in Lakewood were blocked Wednesday morning after a fuel tanker truck crashed. (Credit: KTLA)

    Southbound 605 Freeway in Lakewood Remains Partially Closed After Fuel Tanker Overturns

    The southbound 605 Freeway in Lakewood was expected to fully reopen Wednesday afternoon after a fuel tanker truck crashed the previous night, leaving all lanes on the roadway closed, according to the California Highway Patrol. A SigAlert was issued shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday after the big rig collided with a Nissan SUV and overturned, CHP’s incident log stated. The crash resulted in the fuel tanker spilling some of the approximately 8,800 gallons of gas it was carrying, according to […]

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    Boston Bombing Trial: Jurors Send Out Two Questions During Deliberations

    After weeks of dramatic and emotionally wrenching testimony in the Boston Marathon bombing trial, jurors deliberated for more than seven hours Tuesday. But they haven’t reached a verdict yet. The jurors sent out two questions, which are scheduled to be addressed when they return to court Wednesday morning. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 21-year-old accused Boston Marathon bomber, faces life in prison or the death penalty. On Monday, the jury saw a video of the moment a bomb exploded and disemboweled an […]