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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
  • Nick Fagnano died July 27, 2014, after being struck by lightning in Venice Beach. He posted this photo on his Twitter account on June 2, 2012. He graduated from Notre Dame High School

    Venice Beach Lightning Strike Victim, 20, Was ‘Amazing Kid,’ Uncle Says

    After a 20-year-old Los Angeles resident was identified Monday as the victim of a lightning strike in Venice Beach the previous day, his uncle was speaking about the young man’s “always happy” attitude. Nick Fagnano was believed to be swimming or surfing when he was hit by lightning near the 3500 block of South Ocean Front Walk (map) Sunday afternoon. He was missing for about an hour before he was found and transported to a Marina del Rey hospital, where he […]

  • Xinran Ji was killed while walking back to his off-campus apartment near USC on July 24, 2014.

    4 Teens in Custody in ‘Senseless’ Killing of USC Graduate Student: LAPD

    Four teen suspects have been arrested in the slaying of a USC graduate student who left a trail of blood when returning to his apartment from an assault on streets nearby, police said Monday. Two adults and two juveniles were in custody and were being held on suspicion of murder and other charges, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said at a Monday afternoon news conference. Xinran Ji, 24, died in his apartment in the 1200 block of 30th Street after being […]

  • Firefighters responded to the scene of a deadly vehicle vs. pedestrian crash on July 28, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Hit-and-Run Driver Flees After Hitting Pedestrians in Koreatown; 1 Dead, 2 Critically Injured

    Authorities were searching for a hit-and-run driver who fled after crashing his pickup truck into a group of pedestrians at busy Koreatown intersection Monday morning, leaving one person dead and two others critically injured, according to LAPD. A preliminary investigation found that the white pickup truck was eastbound on Beverly Boulevard when it collided with a gray sedan that was traveling northbound on Normandie Avenue at about 6:45 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department officials said. The truck may have run a […]

  • Charles Mozdir is shown in a photo provided by the Coronado Police Department. He was killed in a shootout with authorities in New York City on July 28, 2014.

    San Diego-Area Fugitive Killed in NYC Shootout; 2 U.S. Marshals, 1 NYPD Officer Injured

    A San Diego-area fugitive wanted for alleged child sex abuse and child pornography charges was killed in a New York City shootout with authorities that left a NYPD officer and two federal agents injured on Monday. The gun battle took place in Manhattan’s busy Greenwich Village, where authorities were trying to arrest Charles Richard Thomas Mozdir, a 32-year-old man who had posted bail and fled after a 2012 arrest in Coronado, KTLA sister station PIX11 reported. Injuries to the New […]

  • A man was finally taken into custody following an hourslong standoff on a sign above the 5 Freeway on July 25, 2014. (Credit: Caltrans)

    5 Freeway Reopens in East Los Angeles After Confrontation With Man on Overpass Ends

    A man “in crisis” in an apparent standoff appeared to have been taken into custody more than 3 hours after he climbed behind a sign on a 5 Freeway overpass in East Los Angeles,  prompting the freeway’s shutdown and a SigAlert during Friday afternoon rush hour. A Caltrans camera showed the man clinging to the side of a sign attached to the Downey Road overpass near Olympic Boulevard (map) just before 4 p.m. Earlier reports indicated the man was a […]

  • Gabriel Ortega Jr. is shown in a photo provided by LAPD.

    LAPD Seeks Help Solving ‘Tragic’ Death of Good Samaritan Who Came to Aid of 3-Year-Old Child

    Homicide investigators planned to release a composite sketch and were seeking surveillance video of a man who fatally attacked a good Samaritan who had prevented a child from potentially being harmed at a Hollywood McDonald’s, police said Friday. Gabriel Alvarez Ortega Jr., 57, was inside the fast-food restaurant in the 1400 block of Vine Street (map) about 9:30 p.m. June 18, his birthday, when he saw another man yelling at a small child. The unidentified man had his fists clenched […]

  • A massive search for a gunman took place in Moreno Valley July 22, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Double Homicide Suspect Who Allegedly Shot at Moreno Valley Police Officer ID’d, Along With Victim

    The alleged gunman in separate Moreno Valley incidents that left two people dead and a police officer wounded, prompting an hourslong manhunt, was identified Friday along with one of his victims. Alex Anderson, 34, whose body was found Tuesday, allegedly fatally shot 74-year-old Wilma Patterson and killed Derek Hardy, 58, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Patterson and Hardy were found dead by police responding to two crime scenes during a chaotic series of events Tuesday afternoon. Hardy’s name had not […]

  • Twitter user Gina Hyams posted this photo of a lightning strike taken from a plane in the Denver area on July 24, 2014.

    Lightning Strike Captured in Dramatic Photo by Colorado Airline Passenger

    Colorado’s famed summer afternoon thunderstorms were captured by an airline passenger in dramatic fashion in a photo posted to Twitter this week. “Caught this flying into Denver this afternoon,” tweeted Gina Hyams, mentioning the Weather Channel and Southwest Airlines. “Yikes!!!” The photo she posted Thursday showed a bright ribbon of lightning emitting from a rain cloud and striking farmland on the plains below. The bolt came amid a hot, stormy afternoon in the Denver area, according to the forecast from the National Weather Service’s […]

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    ‘Nobody Wins,’ Prosecutor Says of Conviction of 2 Women in Death of Kim Pham

    A day after being handed the case, a jury on Thursday found two women guilty of voluntary manslaughter instead of murder in the death a 23-year-old Huntington Beach woman who collapsed after a fight outside a Santa Ana nightclub in January. Kim Pham died three days after she was taken from the scene of a melee that was caught on cellphone videos in front of The Crosby nightclub. Her death generated intense interest nationally, partly because it initially appeared incorrectly that no one […]