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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
  • A tanker truck was burning in Boyle Heights on Oct. 31, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Tanker Truck Fire Sends Smoke Towering Near Downtown Los Angeles

    A tanker truck that caught fire in Boyle Heights was sending smoke towering into the air near downtown Los Angeles Friday afternoon as firefighters worked to quell the flames. The tanker truck overturned and caught fire about 3:30 p.m. at 2684 E. Eigth St. (map), the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Brian Humphrey said in an alert. As many as three homes were threatened by fire, but no formal evacuations were ordered, Humphrey said. He later said the structure threat was abated. […]

  • Aerial video showed debris from the Virgin Galactic rocket that crashed in the Mojave Desert near Cantil on Oct. 31, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    1 Dead, 1 Injured After Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes in Mojave Desert

    At least one person was killed and another suffered “major” injuries Friday after a spaceship crashed in the Mojave Desert during a test flight, authorities said. The fatality was reported after Virgin Galactic confirmed its SpaceShipTwo experienced a “serious anomaly” shortly before 10:15 a.m. that resulted in the loss of the vessel during a test-flight in the Mojave Desert. The aircraft was reported down in the Cantil area, just east of Red Rock Canyon, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jesse […]

  • Shenae Irene Dixon is shown in a photo released by the Long Beach Police Department on Oct. 31, 2014.

    Police Locate Mother of 2 Toddlers Found Alone in Long Beach

    Several hours after identifying the mother of two toddlers who were found wandering alone on a street in Long Beach, the woman was found and was set to be interviewed by detectives, police said Friday afternoon. Shenae Irene Dixon, 23, was identified as the mother of the boys, who were found unaccompanied near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 60th Street (map) on Thursday morning, according to a news release from the Long Beach Police Department. Police on Friday morning released a […]

  • Police were seeking help identifying these two boys, found alone in Long Beach on Oct. 30, 2014.  (Credit: Long Beach Police Department)

    2 Toddlers Found Alone in Long Beach; Police Seek Help IDing Boys, Finding Family

    Two toddlers were found in Long Beach without any accompanying adults Thursday morning, and police asked for help identifying them and finding their family members. Surveillance video from a liquor store captured the toddlers as they being led down the sidewalk along Atlantic Avenue around 8:45 a.m. by an unidentified woman. Just minutes later, the African-American boys, aged approximately 1 and 2, were found all alone by a passer-by at Atlantic Avenue and 60th Street (map), according to a Long […]

  • A semi truck carrying a crane overturned in lanes on the northbound 5 Freeway in San Clemente on Oct. 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Northbound 5 Freeway Closed for 8-10 Hours After Crane Overturns in San Clemente

    The northbound 5 Freeway in San Clemente was expected to remain shut down for up to 10 hours after a crane overturned in lanes Thursday afternoon. The truck overturned just after 3 p.m., leaving its crane blocking all lanes and also taking out the cement center divider, according to a California Highway Patrol incident report. A SigAlert was issued about 3:15 p.m. on the northbound 5 Freeway just south of Avenida Pico (map), according to CHP. Just after 5 p.m., CHP said the […]

  • David Martinez appears in a courtroom at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Oct. 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suspected Mongols Motorcycle Gang Member Charged With Murder in SWAT Officer’s Death

    A 36-year-old suspected motorcycle gang member was charged Thursday with capital murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a Pomona SWAT officer. David Martinez of San Gabriel appeared in court in downtown Los Angeles Thursday, when his arraignment was postponed to Nov. 13. He is accused of killing Officer Shaun Diamond, a 19-year law enforcement veteran. Martinez allegedly fired on Diamond as the officer entered a home in San Gabriel about 4 a.m. Tuesday. Diamond, 45, died at a Pasadena hospital Wednesday. Diamond was the […]

  • Kevin Hogrefe consults with his attorney at his arraignment hearing in Ventura on Oct. 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Camarillo Man Charged With Murder in Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed Deputy

    A 25-year-old Camarillo man who was allegedly drunk when he fatally struck a Ventura County Sheriff’s Office deputy on the 101 Freeway was charged Thursday with murder, authorities said. As his family watched in tears, Kevin Hogrefe entered a not guilty plea Thursday afternoon in Ventura on murder and felony hit-and-run charges. Hogrefe was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed into 41-year-old Deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko early Tuesday, according to the Ventura County District Attorney Gregory Totten. Kostiuchenko had conducted […]

  • Murrieta Mayor Alan Long announces his resignation on Oct. 20, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Ex-Mayor of Murrieta Charged With Felony DUI in Crash That Injured 4 Cheerleaders

    Two weeks after he crashed his pickup truck into a car filled with four teenage cheerleaders, former Murrieta Mayor Alan William Long was charged with felony DUI Thursday. Long, who resigned his post several days after the Oct. 16 crash,  was charged with one felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office announced. An investigation by the Murrieta Police Department revealed that Long’s blood-alcohol content was 0.08 percent, the legal […]

  • The scene in Sacramento, where one deputy was shot on Oct. 24, 2014. (Credit: KTXL)

    2 Sacramento-Area Deputies Fatally Shot in Hourslong Crime Spree; 2 in Custody

    Three Sacramento-area sheriff’s deputies were shot, two fatally, in a crime spree that also left a civilian seriously wounded and prompted an hourslong manhunt Friday for a gunman described as heavily armed. One officer was fatally shot in Sacramento, and one of two other deputies shot in neighboring Placer County was also killed, authorities said. The slain Sacramento deputy, identified by at an afternoon news conference by Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones as 15-year veteran Danny Oliver, was shot in the forehead by the […]