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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    Utility Crews, Firefighters Respond to 3 Water Main Breaks Across L.A.

    Utility crews and firefighters responded to three water main breaks in Los Angeles. Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

  • An armored sheriff's vehicle is seen outside a home in La Mirada where, according to authorities, an armed woman was barricaded overnight on Monday, June 29, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Taken Into Custody After Hourslong SWAT Standoff in La Mirada

    A SWAT team took an armed woman into custody early Tuesday morning after an hourslong standoff at a home in La Mirada, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Few details were immediately available about the incident, which sheriff’s officials said began Monday evening when the woman barricaded herself inside the residence  in the 15200 block of Borda Road. It was unclear what type of weapon she was allegedly armed with. Deputies from the sheriff’s Norwalk station responded by the scene, followed by […]

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    Road Buckles Due to Broken Water Main in Hollywood Hills

    A large water main break Monday morning resulted in the buckling of a road in the Hollywood Hills. An 8-inch cast-iron pipe, installed in 1926, ruptured about 2:30 a.m. at 2244 North Cahuenga Boulevard (map), according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. About 80 customers were affected when DWP workers shut off water service at the location, a spokesman for the agency said. Service was expected to be restored by 4 p.m. There were no immediate reports of […]

  • Los Angeles police responded to a shooting in Pico-Union on Monday, June 29, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Police Open Fire After Responding to Report of Shooting in Pico-Union

    Los Angeles police opened fire after arriving at the scene of a shooting in progress early Monday morning in the Pico-Union neighborhood, an LAPD spokesman said. Officers responded shortly after 1 a.m. to a report of shots fired near the intersection of 11th Street and Union Avenue, according to Capt. Jeff Bert of the Los Angeles Police Department. Police arrived at the scene and “saw what they believed to be a shooting in progress and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” the captain said. One officer opened fire, […]

  • Fire erupted at a store facility in Santa Clarita on June 25, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Everything’s Gone,’ Co-Founder of Santa Clarita-Based Nonprofit Says After Storage Fire

    The co-founder of the Santa Clarita-based nonprofit The Triumph Foundation said Friday that the organization would need to “start from scratch” after its entire inventory was burned in a fire at a storage facility that destroyed 18 units.

  • Fire crews battle the Calgrove Fire in Santa Clarita. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Calgrove Fire in Santa Clarita Grows to 415 Acres, Is 95 Percent Contained

    A day after it broke out in Santa Clarita, the Calgrove Fire grew to 415 acres Thursday but was almost entirely contained as crews continued to work the blaze. The brush fire, which broke out shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday at Calgrove Boulevard at the 5 Freeway (map), grew to 398 acres and was 60 percent contained, the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted just after 8:30 a.m. About eight hours later, the department said the blaze was up to 415 acres but was 95 percent […]

  • Members of LAFD Camp 12 work a ridge off of The Old Road in the Newhall Pass in an attempt to halt the advice of a brush fire. (Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)

    Calgrove Fire in Santa Clarita Burns 350 Acres; Evacuation Orders Affecting 1,000 People Lifted

    A third-alarm brush fire in Santa Clarita grew to 350 acres Wednesday, prompting freeway closures and the evacuation of about 1,000 people, and leaving at least one firefighter with minor injuries. The fire broke out shortly after 1 p.m. at Calgrove Boulevard at the 5 Freeway (map), according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, which was providing mutual aid. Dubbed the Calgrove Fire, the blaze was 5 to 10 acres as of 1:37 p.m., the Los Angeles County Fire Department stated […]

  • Authorities were trying to determine what sparked a fire that left a man critically injured on June 23, 2015. (Credit: Newsreel)

    ‘Major’ Explosion Heard Before Fire Erupts in West Hills Garage; Man Critically Injured

    A man was burned and in critical condition early Tuesday after a fire broke out in a garage in West Hills following an explosion the previous night, fire officials said. Firefighters responded to a report of a an explosion in the 22900 block of Arminta Street at around 10:10 p.m. on Monday and found the detached garage burning, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. It took 40 firefighters roughly 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which did not spread […]

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    Suspected Gunman, 3 Others Arrested After Shootout Involving Fullerton Police

    Four people, including a suspected gunman, were arrested Monday morning after an attempted traffic stop led to a shootout on a street in Fullerton, officials said. A veteran officer and his trainee about 2 a.m. tried to pull over a Chevy SUV, for traffic violations, near Euclid and Williamson avenues, according to a news release from the Fullerton Police Department. A pursuit ensued after the female driver failed yield, the release said. A male passenger exited the vehicle on Euclid, west of Williamson. […]