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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 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 […]

  • Two of the dolls left in front of San Clemente homes are shown. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

    Woman Placed Porcelain Dolls in Front of 8 O.C. Families’ Homes as Gesture of ‘Goodwill’: Sheriff’s Dept.

    The porcelain dolls left at the homes of eight families in San Clemente and resembling young girls who live there were left in a gesture of “goodwill,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Department stated in a tweet Thursday night. Investigators located the person who left the dolls on the porches, the Sheriff’s Department tweeted shortly after 9 p.m. The department did not release the person’s name. RELATED: Woman Embarrassed After ‘Goodwill’ Gesture Deemed ‘Creepy’ The dolls had caused some concern among the […]


    Obama Departs LAX After 2-Day Visit to Los Angeles

    President Barack Obama departed Los Angeles Thursday afternoon after a second day of heavy traffic for Los Angeles-area motorists concluded his trip to Southern California. Air Force One left Los Angeles International Airport about 3 p.m. after the president spoke at a trade college downtown, attended a fundraiser and met with supporters at the iconic Jewish deli Canter’s. Obama’s Los Angeles visit, which began about 3 p.m. Wednesday, snarled traffic and prompted complaints on social media under the hashtags  #ObamaTraffic […]

  • Police released these images of a man who was believed to have committed seven armed robberies. (Credit: Anaheim PD)

    Anaheim Police Ask for Help Finding Man Suspected in 7 Armed Robberies

    Anaheim police on Thursday released photos and surveillance video of a man they suspect in seven armed robberies that have occurred in the city within about seven weeks. The “lone male suspect” was believed responsible for seven armed robberies from June 2 to July 23, and he may be linked to a related robbery in Orange that took place May 28, according to the Anaheim Police Department. He was described as Hispanic, in his mid-30s, 5 feet 7 inches to […]

  • Traffic was being diverted at LAX on July 24, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAX Terminal Temporarily Evacuated After Phoned Threat Leads to Suspicious Package: LAPD

    The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX was temporarily evacuated after a telephoned bomb threat on Thursday afternoon, authorities said. Officers were called to the scene at noon, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Joel Morales said. Photos posted to Twitter showed armed officers inside of the terminal. The international terminal was evacuated after officers found a package based on a phone threat, according to Bruce Borihanh of LAPD. Within minutes, the situation concluded safely, he said. Sgt. Belinda Nettles of the Los […]