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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
  • Marcelo Luna is seen with his 10-month-old son in a photo provided to KTLA by his girlfriend.

    Girlfriend Says Man Shot by LAPD in East Hollywood Took Bayonet Outside to ‘Feel Safe’

    A man who was allegedly armed with a “bayonet-style” weapon was shot and killed by police in East Hollywood early Friday, and his girlfriend said he had taken the weapon outside to “feel safe.” The incident was reported about 1:10 a.m. near the intersection of Sunset and Hobart boulevards, said Los Angeles Police Department Detective Meghan Aguilar. She said that a patrol unit with two officers encountered the man and he was armed with a “bayonet-style” weapon. She described it as a […]

  • U.S Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger leave the police headquarters at International departures of Rio de Janiero's Galeo International airport on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. (Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

    USOC Apologies to Brazilians for Lochte Incident; 2 Other U.S. Swimmers Head Home

    A decorated American Olympian says he and three of his teammates were robbed at gunpoint. Brazilian police say that’s not true. Who’s right? After days of confusion about what actually happened to Ryan Lochte, James Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, there’s now video of much of the incident, which occurred at a gas station in the early morning of August 14. Bentz and Conger gave statements Thursday denying having been victims of a robbery and said that the version […]

  • Trump, Clinton to receive intel briefings despite opposition

    Controversy Rages Over Trump’s Remarks on Gun Rights, Clinton

    The furor over Donald Trump’s comments about gun owners’ power in the presidential campaign continued Wednesday. The Republican candidate’s supporters attempted to quell the controversy, saying either that Trump was joking or that Democrats and the media were spinning it into something bigger than it was. Many interpreted Trump’s comments as a threat to rival Hillary Clinton. Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, said the billionaire businessman was trying to unite Second Amendment supporters to turn out to defeat Clinton. […]

  • A plane drops fire retardant on the Pilot Fire on Aug. 9, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Pilot Fire Scorches 12 Square Miles; Area Schools Close Amid Air Quality Concerns

    Firefighters continued to battle the Pilot Fire near Silverwood Lake Tuesday as three nearby school districts canceled classes due to air quality concerns. Heavy smoke was being pushed by winds from the fire into Apple Valley and Hesperia, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said. The Apple Valley, Hesperia and Silver Valley school district websites announced that all schools were closed Aug. 9 because of the wildfire burning nearby. “Due to the expected poor air quality and smoke caused by the nearby Pilot […]

  • A file photo shows a Delta Airlines jet sitting on the tarmac at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

    Delta Ground Stop Lifted; Cancellations, Delays Continue

    The week got off to a nightmarish start for Delta and its passengers. Delta Air Lines flights were grounded for at least six hours early Monday by a global computer system outage, causing large-scale cancellations and stranding hundreds of thousands of passengers. At 8:40 a.m. ET, Delta said the ground stop had been lifted but that only “limited” departures had resumed. It’s expected that flights will be delayed and canceled throughout the day. “Customers heading to the airport should expect […]

  • Authorities investigate a truck that drove off the road following a shooting in Sylmar on Aug. 4, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Shot in Arm on 210 Freeway in Sylmar; LAPD Seeking Motorcyclist

    A man was struck by gunfire while driving on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar early Thursday, and police were searching for either one or two motorcyclists who were involved. The shooting occurred some time before 4:15 a.m., when a SigAlert was issued, closing all westbound lanes for two hours. A man driving a pickup truck noticed he was being followed as he approached the Roxford Street exit, according to Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Kathleen Burns. Shortly after that, shots rang out, […]

  • Detectives were investigating a deputy-involved shooting that left a man dead in Castaic on Aug. 2, 2016. (credit: KTLA)

    ‘It Was Wrong,’ Witness Says of Fatal Deputy-Involved Shooting in Castaic

    A witness spoke out Wednesday against a deputy-involved shooting that left a man dead in Castaic the night before. The incident began when deputies attempted to contact a man who was riding a bicycle in the 31500 block of Castaic Road at about 9 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release. The man attempted to flee on foot and was followed by the deputies, according to the news release. They eventually caught up with the […]

  • 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.