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
  • Four firefighters are pictured before falling through a roof in Cudahy while battling a fire on May 22, 2015. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    4 Firefighters Injured After Falling Through Cudahy Roof While Battling Blaze

    Four firefighters were recovering Friday after falling through the roof of a vacant casino while battling a blaze in Cudahy, officials said. The firefighters were responding to a fire at a “small,” vacant casino near Atlantic Avenue and Live Oak Street (map) around 11:30 p.m. Thursday when the roof collapsed, L.A. County Fire Inspector Chris Reade said. The men were transported to a local hospital and said to be in good spirits and stable condition. “Our rescue intervention crew went […]

  • Workers clean up Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015, a day after a massive oil spill. (Credit: KTLA)

    Company Responsible for Santa Barbara County Oil Spill Had Numerous Safety, Maintenance Infractions: Report

    Plains Pipeline, the large Texas-based company responsible for the pipe that ruptured in Santa Barbara County, has accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to federal records. A Times analysis of data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration shows Plains’ rate of incidents per mile of pipe is more than three times the national average. Among more than 1,700 pipeline operators listed in a database maintained by the federal agency, only four companies reported more infractions […]

  • Oil darkens the waters off Refugio State Beach after a spill on May 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Up to 105,000-Gallon Crude Oil Spill Prompts State of Emergency in Santa Barbara County

    A cleanup effort was underway Wednesday at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, where an oil spill from a nearby pipeline left the sand polluted and created two separate slicks stretching across 9 miles of the Pacific Ocean and totaling up to a “worst-case scenario” of up to 105,000 gallons. The leak, located along an underground pipe that is part of a larger oil transportation network, was stopped Tuesday afternoon after crude oil poured onto the surrounding ground, down a canyon, […]

  • Children's toys could be seen outside a home where a 3-year-old boy was stabbed on May 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mother Arrested on Suspicion of Attempted Murder After Allegedly Stabbing 3-Year-Old Son in Cudahy

    The mother of a 3-year-old boy who was critically injured after being stabbed in Cudahy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday. Michelle Betancourt, 23, was taken into custody and booked at the sheriff’s East L.A. Station Tuesday morning, according to sheriff’s deputy Kelvin Moody. The arrest came more than 12 hours after deputies found the injured toddler in the 3800 block of Walnut Street (map) on Monday night. He had […]

  • A man was in custody following a high-speed chase that ended in the Pico-Union area near downtown L.A. on May 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    High-Speed Pursuit Ends With Break-in Attempt Near Downtown L.A.; Four in Custody

    Four people were in custody after a wild police pursuit ended with a break-in attempt in the Pico-Union neighborhood early Tuesday, according to LAPD and witnesses. The high-speed chase began shortly before 2:30 a.m. About 45 minutes later, it came to an end when the occupants fled the vehicle after it exited the 110 Freeway and stopped near Albany Street and Olympic Boulevard, a Los Angeles Police Department official at the scene said. After bailing from the car, one male […]

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    Naked Pursuit Suspect in Custody After Rescue Off Redondo Beach: Police

    A pursuit suspect had to be pulled from the ocean in Redondo Beach Thursday night after he fled his vehicle, ran into the water, removed all of his clothing and fought off rescuers, authorities said. The incident began when officers in the area of Catalina Avenue and Emerald Street observed a driver running a right light, according to Sgt. Beck of the Redondo Beach Police Department. Officers turned on their lights and sirens, but the driver did not pull over, Beck said. […]

  • A man was killed in a hit-and-run in Carson on May 12, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Turns Himself Into Authorities After Deadly Hit-and-Run in Carson

    A man recently turned himself into authorities after allegedly striking and killing a 28-year-old man in a hit-and-run in Carson, sheriff’s department officials said. Mark Mester reports from Carson for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

  • A man was stabbed on a Metro bus bordering Hawthorne and Gardena on May 13, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Stabbed on Bus in Hawthorne; Search for Attacker Underway

    Officials were searching for the person who stabbed a man on a Metro bus in the Hawthorne, Gardena area Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of an assault with a deadly weapon near West Rosecrans Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard (map), bordering the two cities, around 6:15 a.m., Lt. Sullivan said. A knife or box cutter was used in the attack, Sullivan said. The victim was “in good spirits” when transported to Harbor […]

  • Los Angeles firefighters knocked down a fire at a USC dorm room within three minutes of their arrival, an official said. (Credit: OnScene)

    Firefighters Extinguish Fire Caused by Candles in USC Dorm Room; No Injuries: LAFD

    Firefighters made quick work of a fire that broke out in a USC dorm room Sunday evening, leaving a handful of students displaced, officials said. The blaze was reported about 11:17 p.m. at a three-story residence hall on the campus, according to Battalion Chief Jaime Moore of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters arrived to find heavy flames and dark black smoke emanating from a dorm room on the third floor of the building. Students had already begun evacuating the structure as […]