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Melissa Pamer is the digital managing editor at KTLA. She joined the station as a senior digital news producer 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
  • Man Shot by Deputies at Nickerson Gardens in Watts Is Pronounced Dead at Hospital

    A man who was shot by deputies at a housing complex in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles Wednesday night was pronounced dead at the hospital, authorities stated Thursday. The shooting occurred about 7:17 p.m. after deputies were patrolling the area of Imperial Highway and Slater Avenue and noticed a suspicious vehicle parked facing the wrong way, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies saw a man standing outside the vehicle and a second […]

  • Benjamin Whitten, left, and Jeryn Johnson, right, are seen in booking photos released by Murrieta police.

    Murrieta Couple Charged With Torture, Child Abuse; 5-Year-Old Boy Is Comatose, in Grave Condition: DA

    A Murrieta couple have been charged with child abuse and torture after a 5-year-old boy was hospitalized with severe injuries and is now comatose, authorities announced Thursday. Benjamin Matthew Whitten, the boy’s biological father and a U.S. Navy sailor, and his live-in girlfriend Jeryn Christine Johnson appeared for arraignment in Murrieta on Thursday afternoon, but the hearing was postponed, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. The couple were arrested Tuesday, about 10 hours after Johnson called 911 to […]

  • ‘His Life Was Taken by These Demons,’ Slain USC Grad Student’s Aunt Says at Killer’s Sentencing Hearing

    A 21-year-old man who fatally beat a USC graduate student from China with a bat was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison at an emotional court hearing where the victim’s family members spoke. After about two hours of jury deliberation in June, Andrew Garcia was convicted of one count each of first-degree murder, robbery, attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. In a downtown Los Angeles hearing, a judge sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of […]

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tells Citizens of ‘Sanctuary Cities’ to Call Their Mayors, Get Policies Changed

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke in the Miami area on Wednesday about jurisdictions that have cooperated with federal authorities on immigration enforcement, calling for more cities to end their “sanctuary” protections for undocumented immigrants. The event, alongside U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Tom Homan, started shortly after noon PT at PortMiami. Sessions had planned to praise Miami-Dade for dropping its “sanctuary” policy, the Miami Herald reported. The city reversed its 2013 “sanctuary” policy after President Donald Trump issued […]

  • Dozens Stung by Swarm of ‘Angry’ African Honey Bees at Palmdale High School

    Dozens of students were hospitalized after being stung by bees at Palmdale High School on Tuesday afternoon. A swarm of bees was reported to dispatch at 12:09 p.m., Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Richard Licon said. Firefighters arrived about 10 minutes later, and sheriff’s deputies were on scene. The bees were later identified as African honey bees by beekeeper Steven Melton, who was called to the scene to address the situation. Fire Inspector Joey Marron said the number of patients […]

  • 3 Charged With Murder in Shooting Death of 12-Year-Old Victorville Girl

    A gang member and two of his “associates” have been charged with murder in the killing of a 12-year-old girl who was fatally shot in her Victorville home, authorities said Tuesday. Anthony Pitts, 26, of Adelanto, Danielle Cummings, 29, of Apple Valley, and Reyna Mercado, 28, of San Bernardino have been charged with one count each of murder and shooting at inhabited dwelling. The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office announced the charges, and said the suspects were set to […]

  • People pray and mourn at an informal memorial at the place where 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting against the white supremacist Unite the Right rally Aug. 13, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    USC Student Says He Was Among Counterprotesters Struck by Car in Charlottesville

    A young man who says he was struck when a car barreled down on counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a USC student, the university in Los Angeles confirmed Monday. Aubtin Heydari wrote in a public post on his Facebook page Saturday evening that he had been among those hit when a Dodge Challenger plowed into two other vehicles, striking pedestrians a few blocks from a white nationalist rally called “Unite the Right.” “All my life I have been called a […]

  • Michael C. Mejia appears at his arraignment in Norwalk on Aug. 14, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    6 Months After Killing of Whittier Police Officer, Felon Enters Not Guilty Plea

    Six months after he allegedly killed his cousin and then a Whittier police officer, a Los Angeles felon and alleged gang member appeared in court Monday to enter a not guilty plea. Michael Christopher Mejia, 26, appeared in court in Norwalk, where he pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and one count each of attempted murder, carjacking and possession of a firearm by a felon. Mejia is accused of fatally shooting his 47-year-old cousin, Roy Torres, in East […]

  • ‘Are You Going to Miss Your Mom?’ 2 Years Later, El Sereno Boy Now Says ‘Yes’

    Two years after their interaction went viral, a shy El Sereno boy and the KTLA reporter whose back-to-school questions made him cry have been reunited. Andrew Macias, now 6, became a true internet sensation when he was asked by reporter Courtney Friel if he would miss his mother on his first day of preschool at City Terrace Elementary School in East Los Angeles. He initially said no, then paused, put his hands to his face and began, adorably, to cry. […]