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.”


Recent Articles
  • Andreas Lubitz is seen in a picture distributed through CNN's wire service. He was a co-pilot in a Germanwings plane that crashed on March 24, 2015. Officials said he may have deliberately made the plane crash.

    Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately ‘Accelerated the Descent’ of Plane That Crashed: Prosecutor

    Latest developments: • 5:32 p.m. ET: Transponder data shows that the autopilot on Germanwings Flight 9525 was reprogrammed by someone in the cockpit to change the plane’s altitude from 38,000 feet to 100 feet, according to Flightradar24, a website that tracks aviation data. • 5:14 p.m. ET: Police searched Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s apartment in Dusseldorf, Germany, on Thursday, the city’s police spokesman said in televised comments. A team of five investigators went “through the apartment looking for […]

  • People look on as firefighters battled an apartment fire in Long Beach on March 26, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mother, Young Daughter Critically Injured in Long Beach Apartment Fire

    A mother and her 4-year-old daughter were hospitalized in critical condition after firefighters found them lying in bed in a burning Long Beach apartment unit early Thursday morning, local personnel said. About 50 firefighters responded to a fire in the 1000 block of Stanley Avenue (map) just after midnight, said Jake Heflin, Long Beach Fire Department paramedic spokesman. Crews found the 47-year-old woman and child lying in bed, he said. The daughter was transported to a burn unit at a Torrance […]

  • Investigators searched for a  burglar who hit two Fullerton homes on March 24, 2015. (Credit: OnScene)

    Surveillance Footage Appears to Capture Burglar Who Hit 2 Fullerton Homes

    A Fullerton man’s surveillance cameras appeared to capture a burglar who hit two of his neighbor’s homes, police said Wednesday. Mark Mester reports from Fullerton for the KTLA  5 Morning News on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

  • With her husband and young daughter beside her, Maria Uriostegui described being hit by a car after confronting diners about their unpaid bill. (Credit: KTLA)

    OC Waitress Describes ‘Miracle’ of Surviving Being Run Over by Customers Who Skipped Bill

    Four people were arrested Monday after allegedly skipping out on their bill at an Anaheim-area restaurant and striking a waitress who said it was a “miracle” she survived the hit-and-run. Authorities were contacted around 6:20 p.m. Sunday about four patrons allegedly not paying their bill at the Mexico Lindo restaurant in the 10900 block of Magnolia Street (map), according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. In an afternoon news conference on Monday, the victim, who identified herself as Maria Uriostegui, […]

  • Family of Sahray Barber said she may have been wearing this shirt when she disappeared.

    San Bernardino Woman, 22, Who Was Reported Missing Was Not Held Against Her Will: Police

    Nearly two weeks after the “suspicious” disappearance of a San Bernardino woman, she was found in L.A. in good physical condition and reunited with family after agreeing to return with detectives, police said Friday. Sahray Barber, 22, was last seen leaving her apartment on March 9 in the 1500 block of West Northpark Boulevard (map), Lt. Rich Lawhead of the San Bernardino Police Department stated in a news release at the time. Police quickly called the disappearance “suspicious,” primarily because some […]

  • Hit-And-Run Driver Sought in Crash Near USC That Left 87-Year-Old Woman in Critical Condition

    Police were asking for the public’s help Wednesday in identifying the hit-and-run driver who struck an elderly woman in a crosswalk at a crowded intersection near USC in broad daylight. It happened around 8 a.m. on Monday, March 16 at the intersection of Adams Boulevard and Figueroa Street. The 87-year-old victim was crossing the street eastbound on Adams Boulevard within a marked crosswalk when she was hit, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. Surveillance video […]

  • A man died after being impaled on a fence in East Hollywood on March 18, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Dies After Being Impaled by Fence in East Hollywood; Victim ID’d

    A man was killed after being impaled by a fence in front of his East Hollywood home Wednesday morning in an incident that police described as an accident. The victim was in a tree 20 feet from the ground when he fell and landed on a “pointy” fence in the 500 block of North Berendo Street around 3:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Melvin Gamble with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Division. The man had climbed up the tree to retrieve […]

  • Homicide detectives were investigating a fatal shooting inside a Van Nuys apartment garage on March 18, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Shooting in Van Nuys Garage Leaves 1 Dead; Homicide Investigation Underway

    An investigation was underway early Wednesday after a man was found shot to death inside a parking garage in Van Nuys, police said. The victim’s aunt called police around 11:40 p.m. after finding his body on the floor of the garage of an apartment complex near the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Hazeltine Avenue (map), according to Lt. Jim Gavin of the Los Angeles Police Department. He had been shot multiple times, Gavin said. The victim’s name has not been […]

  • Two police officers were shot during protests outside the Ferguson police department. (Credit: Lawrence Bryant/St. Louis American via CNN)

    State, County to Police Protests in Ferguson After 2 Officers Shot; Manhunt Continues

    With tensions running high after the shooting of two officers in Ferguson, Missouri, state and county police are once again taking over protest security in the St. Louis suburb. St. Louis County Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol will “assume command of the security detail regarding protests” at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. ET), St. Louis County Police said in a statement. Ferguson Police will remain responsible for “routine policing services” in the city, the statement said. The takeover comes […]