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Melissa Pamer is a senior digital news producer for KTLA. She joined the station in 2013.

She previously worked as a digital media producer for KNBC, and as a newspaper reporter covering local government, education and the environment for the Los Angeles Daily News, the Daily Breeze and other Los Angeles-area papers.

She has a master’s degree in print journalism from the University of Southern California.


Recent Articles
  • San Diego police Officers Jonathan DeGuzman, left, and Wade Irwin are shown in photos released by the department on July 29, 2016.

    San Diego Police Officer Killed in Shooting, 2nd Wounded; Suspect in Custody

    A veteran San Diego police officer was killed and another was injured Thursday night in a shooting as the pair tried to make a stop, leading to one suspect’s arrest and an extensive hunt for anyone else who might have been involved, police said. The detained suspect — identified Friday afternoon as Jesse Michael Gomez, 52 — was shot and was in critical condition at a hospital, police said. The officers were identified late Friday morning by San Diego Police Department Chief Shelley Zimmerman. […]

  • Elsa De Belen is shown in a photo posted to a GoFundMe page for her funeral expenses.

    Driver Surrenders After Hit-and-Run Crash That Left Woman in Her 80s Dead, 11 Injured

    A hit-and-run driver turned herself in to police in a crash that left a woman in her 80s dead and 11 other people injured at a Harbor Gateway home, LAPD said Friday. Rashanda Monique Norman, 34, surrendered at 77th Street Station early Thursday evening, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Jenny Hauser. The victim in the Wednesday evening crash in the 14800 block of South Orchard Street was identified by family members who contacted KTLA as Elsa De Belen. […]

  • Armando Torreblanca Nunez is seen in a booking photo released by the Santa Ana Police Department on July 28, 2016.

    Man Planned to Sexually Assault Boy, 4, Kidnapped From Santa Ana Park: DA

    A 28-year-old Santa Ana man was charged Friday with kidnapping a 4-year-old boy he allegedly took from a birthday party at a park with the intent to sexually assault the child, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said. The boy was at Jerome Park in Santa Ana with his mother and other children on Wednesday evening when Armando Torreblanca Nunez approached and took the child away without the mother immediately noticing, police said Thursday. Police were called and a sheriff’s […]

  • CreativeLive published this video from a night photography class that captured rocket remnants re-entering the atmosphere on July 27, 2016.

    Mystery Lights in Night Sky Over California, Nevada, Utah Were Chinese Rocket Remnants

    Bright, long streaks of light soared across the sky from Utah to California, stunning residents who got an unexpected show Wednesday night. Theories over the stunning, mystery lights were many. Witnesses posted their videos on social media asking the burning question: What the heck was that? Was it a meteor? A missile? Evidence of extraterrestrial life? One theory that gained the most traction was confirmed by a spokesman for U.S. Strategic Command, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. The streak […]

  • 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 view of the L.A. River is shown looking toward downtown. (Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

    Heal the Bay Report Finds ‘Very Poor’ Water Quality at L.A. River Recreation Spots

    Water quality at newly popular kayaking spots along the Los Angeles River is very poor and that’s troubling news, according to a nonprofit environmental group. Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay, known for it beach water quality monitoring, on Wednesday released its first-ever look at the L.A. River, which was largely forced into an ugly concrete flood-prevention channel more than 50 years ago. The 37-page report, based on weekly water samples at three sites, showed one type of fecal indicator bacteria […]

  • The sun shines over towers carrying electrical lines in South San Francisco in 2007. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Flex Alert: Californians Called on to Conserve Energy Wednesday and Thursday

    California has called for energy conservation statewide Wednesday and Thursday. A Flex Alert was issued from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday by the California Independent System Operator, which runs the state’s power grid. Later in the day, the Cal ISO said the alert was extended through Thursday, also for 2 to 9 p.m. Hot summer weather for the whole state has driven up energy demand, making supply tight, the Cal ISO said. Peak demand is expected from 4 to 6 […]

  • Richard Camarena is shown in a booking photo released by LASD July 25, 2016.

    Man Charged in Molestation of 9-Year-Old Boy Works at Downtown Disney

    A man charged in the alleged molestation of a 9-year-old boy in a bathroom at Puente Hills Mall is an employee at Downtown Disney, a Disney Resort spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. Richard Matthew Camarena, 45, of Claremont was arrested Saturday in the July 8 incident at the mall in City of Industry, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The department’s Special Victims Bureau has asked for the public’s help locating possible additional victims. Camarena works at a retail store […]

  • Richard Camarena is shown in a booking photo released by LASD July 25, 2016.

    Man Suspected of Molesting 9-Year-Old Boy in Puente Hills Mall Bathroom Is Charged

    A 45-year-old man suspected of molesting a child in a bathroom at the Puente Hills Mall earlier this month was charged Tuesday. Investigators identified Richard Camarena as the man seen in surveillance images taken from the mall located in City of Industry on July 8, when he allegedly followed a 9-year-old boy into a bathroom and inappropriately touched him, a bulletin from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated. Camarena, 45, of Claremont, was arrested on July 23 and booked […]