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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
  • Oak View Elementary School in Huntington Beach was set to reopen on Jan. 27, 2015, after being closed for three months over asbestos scare. (Credit: KTLA)

    Huntington Beach School Closed by Asbestos Scare Reopens After Monthslong Closure

    Students displaced from a Huntington Beach grade school will begin returning to campus on Tuesday, more than three months after three schools were closed because of an asbestos scare. Many of the students who attended the three campuses have been bused to schools elsewhere in Orange County at a cost of $50,000 a week while school officials struggled to deal with the asbestos concerns. In all, the closures displaced more than 1,600 students. On Tuesday, students in grades 3 through […]

  • Intense flames shoot through windows and the roof of a San Juan Capistrano apartment building on Jan. 20, 2015.

    Boy, 3, Dies Following San Juan Capistrano Apartment Fire That Displaced 80 Residents

    A 3-year-old child who was among nine people injured in a fire that destroyed two units of a San Juan Capistrano apartment complex has died, the Orange County Fire Authority said Wednesday. The boy, who was identified as Jaiden Liborio, passed away around 11:45 p.m. at Children’s Hospital in Mission Viejo, according to the Orange County Coroner’s office. He would have turned 4 next month. A total of nine people, including six children, had been injured in the fire, Capt. […]

  • The exterior of Culver City High School is seen on Jan. 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Culver City High Football Players Raped Freshman on Campus, Distributed Video of Attack: Lawsuit

    A former Culver City High School student who alleges she was sexually assaulted by multiple football players who then distributed video images of the attack has sued the school district, claiming officials were negligent. The student, identified in the lawsuit only as “A.S.,” was a 14-year-old freshman at the time of the alleged December 2013 incidents. She changed school twice and moved to Chicago to find “respite” from the effects of being sexually assaulted, harassed and raped, according to the […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Oval Office of the White House Jan. 16, 2015, in Washington, DC. The two leaders later discussed bilateral issues including economic growth, international trade, cybersecurity, Iran, ISIL, counterterrorism, Ebola, and Russias actions in Ukraine. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Obama to Congress: ‘Hold Your Fire’ on Iran Sanctions

    President Barack Obama promised Friday to veto a plan by members of Congress to issue additional sanctions on Iran while diplomatic negotiations regarding Iran’s nuclear plan are under way. “I will veto a bill that comes to my desk and I will make this argument to the American people as to why I’m doing so,” Obama said at a joint press conference with United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron, referencing a plan supported by some in his own party to […]

  • A sketch of an alleged bathroom intruder was released by police at Riverside City College on Jan. 14, 2015.

    Women at Riverside City College Warned About Alleged Bathroom Intruder

    Students at Riverside City College were being warned Thursday about an alleged intruder stalking women’s restrooms. The most recent incident occurred Thursday around 10:40 a.m. in the first floor women’s restroom on the eastside of the math/science building, according to a campus alert posted on the school’s Facebook page. The victim told police she was washing her hands when she noticed a man standing behind her. She said the man pushed her to the ground and attempted to rape her, […]

  • Kelly Mauna said a coyote tried to grab her baby right out of her arms in front of their home in Ladera Ranch on Jan. 12, 2015. (credit: KTLA)

    Ladera Ranch Mom Says Coyote Lunged at 10-Month-Old Child, Killed 2 Dogs

    A Ladera Ranch mother recently claimed a coyote lunged at her 10-month-old daughter before killing two neighborhood dogs. The coyote was spotted around 11:30 a.m. Monday, and began circling the mother and child before showing its teeth and lunging at them, according to the mother. “It was terrifying, the fact that there’s an animal out there looking at my daughter like she’s prey,” she said. The coyote then apparently killed two neighborhood dogs.

  • Sheriff's homicide detectives responded to the 44000 block of Division Street in Lancaster after the death of a 4-month-old child on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, authorities said. (Credit: DONLUISMEZA)

    Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives Investigating Death of 4-Month-Old Boy in Lancaster

    Sheriff’s homicide detectives on Sunday were investigating the death of a 4-month-old boy in Lancaster, authorities confirmed. Investigators responded shortly before 3 p.m. to the 44000 block of Division Street (map), according to a statement issued late Sunday night by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The victim was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead, the statement said. The child was only described as a 4-month-old black male by Lancaster sheriff’s department Lt. Pfrehm. No other details were immediately available. Anyone with […]

  • Homicide detectives were investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 12-year-old boy in Palmdale on Jan. 11, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Homicide Detectives Investigate Parents’ Role in 12-Year-Old Palmdale Boy’s Death

    Homicide detectives were investigating Monday if the parents of a 12-year-old boy who died after an apparent asthma attack in Palmdale the previous night could have done more to help save the boy’s life, according to officials. Detectives began investigating the circumstances surrounding the child’s death around 10:17 p.m. Monday at a home in the 1100 block of West Avenue N-8 (map), according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release. The boy had died after suffering an asthma […]

  • New Group Workouts at the Spectrum Athletic Club

    KTLA’s Mark Mester was live in El Segundo at the Spectrum Athletic club where they have new group workouts for 2015. Spectrum Fitness Club