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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
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Has 1 Week to Gather 50 Votes to Pass Health Care Legislation

    The math isn’t there yet for Mitch McConnell. Within hours of the Senate majority leader unveiling a long-anticipated health care bill on Thursday, four of his Republican colleagues were quick to put a damper on things: “We are not ready to vote for this bill,” the group said in a joint statement. The swift rejection may be a negotiating ploy, but the public nature of it is a reminder for McConnell of the deep reservations running through his own conference […]

  • Dan Tha Man and Pattiwhack on Their Social Media Fame

    “We’re just some small time people from Louisiana.” That’s what Dan Tha Man and Pattiwhack have to say about their rise to social media fame. Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on June 16, 2017.

  • Surfing Dog Proves Therapeutic for Rancho Cucamonga Boy With Autism

    A surfing dog who works with the nonprofit group, A Walk on Water, has formed a special bond with a Rancho Cucamonga boy who has autism. The dog, named Haole, also surfs with other athletes of all ages. For more information, visit awalkonwater.org. Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on June 9, 2017.

  • Man Leaving Gardena Casino With Winnings Is Shot 4 Times in Robbery; Assailants at Large

    A man who was leaving Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena with his winnings was shot four times during a robbery at a gas station early Wednesday morning, police said. Los Angeles police were the first to respond to the shooting call about 4:30 a.m. at Rosecrans and Vermont avenues in the Harbor Gateway area, according to the Gardena Police Department, which eventually took over the investigation. After the victim had won a “large sum of money” and was […]

  • Jack O’Neill, Wetsuit and Surfing Pioneer, Dead at 94 From Natural Causes

    Businessman and surfer Jack O’Neill, a pioneer in the creation of the wetsuit and founder of the surf company O’Neill, died Friday of natural causes at the age of 94, his company announced. “Surrounded by family, Jack was as soulful and encouraging as always, reiterating his love for his family, appreciation for a life well lived, his hopes for his friends and the oceans he loved, all within the familiarity of his oceanfront home of over 50 years, with the […]

  • First Annual i3 Arts Festival Opens in DTLA on Saturday

    The city’s first annual i3 Arts Festival, celebrating live visual art and music performances, will open in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, June 3 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News at 5 on June 2, 2017.

  • At Least 90 Dead, Hundreds Injured After Explosion Near Diplomatic Area in Afghanistan

    A huge suicide bomb ripped through a secure area of Kabul at the height of the Wednesday morning rush hour, killing at least 90 people and wounding 400, Afghan officials said. The blast, which came a few days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, was one of the deadliest to hit the capital in recent years. The bomb exploded in the diplomatic quarter near the German Embassy and the Afghan presidential palace. The streets were packed with commuters, women […]

  • Bicyclist Killed, Another Injured in Winnetka Area Hit-and-Run Crash; Witness Says Driver Hit Cyclists ‘on Purpose’

    A bicyclist was killed and another was seriously injured early Wednesday in a hit-and-run crash in Winnetka that a witness described as “on purpose.” Los Angeles Police Department investigators are working to determine if the driver intentionally struck the cyclists. The crash was reported about 12:45 a.m. in the 6500 block of Winnetka Avenue, according to LAPD. Both bicyclists were traveling north on Winnetka Avenue when they were struck by a utility truck in the No. 3 lane, Capt. Paul Vernon […]

  • Michael Flynn Expected to Invoke 5th Amendment Rights After Senate Intelligence Committee Asks for Records

    President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn won’t provide records to the Senate intelligence committee and will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to a subpoena from the committee, according to a source close to Flynn. Flynn’s refusal to cooperate comes as he faces scrutiny in several inquiries, including on Capitol Hill and a federal grand jury that has issued subpoenas to associates of the ex-national security adviser. Flynn’s refusal to cooperate will also intensify scrutiny over […]