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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
  • Lightning strikes in the Temescal Valley area, southeast of Corona, on Sept. 16, 2014. (Credit: Will Wilkens)

    Flash Flood Watch Canceled for IE; Cleanup Continues From Storm

    As areas of the Inland Empire cleaned up from a strong thunderstorm that brought flooding and damaging high winds on Tuesday, that region and other areas of Southern California braced Wednesday for additional thunderstorms and possible flash floods that proved not to materialize. Tuesday’s storm uprooted trees and flooded streets in some areas, notably Lake Elsinore and neighboring Wildomar, where the high school was inundated. Some areas lost power during the storm, which came amid a punishing five-day heat wave […]

  • Ezell Ford is shown in a photo provided by his family. He was fatally shot by police on Aug. 11, 2014.

    Ezell Ford’s Family Files $75 Million Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against LAPD

    More than a month after Ezell Ford was fatally shot by officers, his family announced Wednesday that they have filed a $75 million wrongful death lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department. Ford, described in the lawsuit as being “mentally challenged,” was shot to death in South L.A. near 65th Street and Broadway on the evening of Aug. 11. The unarmed man was walking in the area when he was approached by two police officers who asked him to “lie […]

  • A wanted flier was issued by LAPD Sept. 17, 2014, with images of Fredy Mendez, who suspected of being the driver in a deadly hit-and-run in Koreatown.

    $50,000 Reward Offered for Alleged Driver in Deadly Koreatown Hit-and Run

    Officials on Wednesday announced a $50,000 reward in their search for a driver who fled a crash that left one person dead and critically injured two others at a busy Koreatown intersection in July. During the announcement, authorities identified Fredy Mendez as the alleged driver who was involved in a multi-vehicle crash. Mendez was accused of running a red light in a Ford F-150 pickup truck at Beverly Boulevard and Normandie Avenue (map) on July 28. The truck slammed into a Toyota Camry, which then careened into a BMW X3 […]

  • A tree fell on a truck after wild weather hit the Inland Empire on Sept. 16, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Dangerous Storm’ Brings Rain, Lightning and Flooding to Parts of SoCal; Possible Funnel Cloud Spotted

    As the region suffered through a fourth day of triple-digit temperatures, wild weather swept through parts of Southern California late Tuesday afternoon, causing flooding and damage in areas of the Inland Empire. Southwestern Riverside County and eastern Orange County — including Riverside, Temecula, Corona, Hemet and Mission Viejo — were among the areas affected by the sudden summer storm, which included heavy rain, lightning and hail in the afternoon hours. One of the areas hardest hit by the severe weather […]

  • An alleged intruder was shot and injured by a Van Nuys resident on Sept. 15, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Van Nuys Homeowner Shoots Alleged Intruder After Attack: LAPD

    An alleged home intruder who was unarmed when he was shot by a Van Nuys homeowner had attacked the man, police said Tuesday. A shooting in the 6200 block of Matilija Avenue (map) was reported to police around 11:05 p.m. Monday, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Steve Gottschalk said. The incident occurred when a man allegedly tried to break into a guest house located behind a Van Nuys home and was shot in the lower torso area by the home’s owner. Neighbors […]

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    Release of Report on Pasadena Police Shooting of Kendrec McDade Blocked by Judge

    A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday again blocked the release of a city consultant’s report detailing the fatal 2012 police shooting of unarmed Pasadena teen Kendrec McDade, a document that has been sought by his family and activists. The ruling marks the second time the city’s police union has successfully stopped the release of a redacted version of the report, which was compiled by an independent consultant hired by Pasadena. In granting the union’s request for a temporary restraining order, a Los […]

  • A photo taken at Venice Beach on Sept. 15, 2014, shows first responders treating a woman injured when she was run over by a lifeguard vehicle.
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    Female Sunbather Struck by Lifeguard SUV at Venice Beach

    A 25-year-old woman who was sunbathing at Venice Beach was run over by a county lifeguard SUV, authorities confirmed Tuesday. The incident occurred about 4:20 p.m. Monday after a lifeguard responded to call about swimmers getting too close to rocks, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Scott Miller. The lifeguard was driving away from the scene without lights or sirens when the vehicle struck the woman, Miller said, citing information from the department’s lifeguard section chief. The SUV […]

  • A still from a video shows Seattle police officers using a drone. The Seattle department gave its drones to LAPD in May 2014 amid controversy. (Credit: KCPQ)

    LAPD’s 2 Drones Will Remain Grounded During Policy Review, Police Commission Says Amid Protest

    A few days after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signaled his support of a state bill that would allow limited use of drone technology by law enforcement agencies, a community group was protesting at City Hall Monday in opposition to what it called the “militarization” of LAPD and the proposed police use of drones. Members of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and the Drone-Free LAPD, No Drones, LA! Campaign held banners and signs on City Hall’s south steps beginning at about 9 a.m. […]

  • An armored vehicle, or MRAP, owned by the San Diego Unified School District is shown waiting in a garage in September 2014. (Credit: KSWB)

    LAUSD Police Arsenal Includes Armored Vehicle, Grenade Launchers, Chief Confirms

    Prompting criticism, the head of LAUSD’s school police department has confirmed that the agency obtain a mine-resistant vehicle, three grenade launchers and 61 assault rifles under a Pentagon program, the Los Angeles Times reported. The arsenal was provided by the Department of Defense’s excess property program, also known as the 1033 Program, which supplies surplus military weapons to local law enforcement. The program has distributed more than $5 billion worth of equipment since its inception in 1997, according to its […]