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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 magnitude-5.4 earthquake struck near the Utah-Nevada border on May 22, 2015. (Credit: USGS)

    Magnitude-4.8 Earthquake in Rural Nevada Felt in Las Vegas; Freeway Ramps Temporarily Closed

    A magnitude-4.8 earthquake that struck late Friday morning in Nevada near the Utah border was felt in Las Vegas, some 80 miles away, and several freeway ramps in the city were closed amid reports of damage. The quake struck at 11:47 a.m. about 60 miles west-northwest of St. George, Utah, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS gave the nearest town as Caliente, about 24 miles north-northeast of the epicenter, which was in a remote mountainous region about 100 […]

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    FedEx Driver Crossed Median in ‘Unsafe’ Move in 2014 Fatal Orland Crash: CHP

    The driver of a FedEx truck that crossed the 5 Freeway and fatally crashed into a tour bus carrying Southern California high school students made an “unsafe turning” move before the 2014 crash, CHP announced Friday after a 13-month investigation. Ten people were killed in the crash, including the FedEx driver, 32-year-old Timothy Paul Evans of Elk Grove, and the driver of the bus. Five killed on the bus, which was headed to Humboldt State University for a visit, were […]

  • A man is taken into custody at LAX. (Credit: A.S.H.E.S.theCHOSEN @ashesthechosen via Twitter)

    Ticketed NorCal Man, 21, Charged After Pushing Past Security at LAX

    A 21-year-old Northern California man who was caught on video breaching security at LAX and then being stunned by an officer with a Taser was due in court Friday. Christian James Heinz was scheduled to be arraigned at the Airport Branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court on one felony count of resisting arrest and one misdemeanor count of avoiding screening. He was charged Friday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. The incident occurred about 11 a.m. Wednesday […]

  • Michelle Betancourt began to tear up at the judge told her she would have to remain 100 yards from her sone and boyfriend during a court hearing on May 21, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mother Who Allegedly Stabbed Son, 3, Did Not Intend to Harm Him, Her Attorney Says

    A 23-year-old mother accused of stabbing her toddler son during a domestic dispute in Cudahy did not intend to harm the child, her attorney said after his client appeared in court Thursday. Michelle Betancourt was arrested Monday, several hours after deputies found her 3-year-old son critically wounded with stab wounds to his upper torso in the 3800 block of Walnut Street (map). She was due to be arraigned in the Metropolitan Branch of Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday but a judge agreed to her attorney’s request to […]

  • A rescue team at SeaWorld was caring for an oiled sea lion affected by the spill in Santa Barbara. (Credit: SeaWorld San Diego)

    Oil Cleanup Ramps Up at Refugio State Beach As Questions Arise About Company’s Record

    As oil continued to spread across the ocean from the site of an underground crude pipeline break near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, cleanup was being ramped up Thursday and questions were being posed about the pipeline’s owner’s regulatory infractions. Plains All American Pipeline operates the line that ruptured midday Tuesday, sending as many as 105,000 gallons of crude oil spilling down a canyon, under a culvert, onto the sand and into the Pacific Ocean. An estimated 21,000 […]

  • A train was stopped in Sylmar after the conductor reported finding an "IED," according to LAPD, on May 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suspected Bomb That Prompted Union Pacific Train to Stop in Sylmar Was Harmless: LAPD

    A Union Pacific train was stopped in Sylmar after a conductor found what he believed to be some kind of bomb that was later determined to be a harmless shipping paperwork container, police said Wednesday. The Union Pacific train No. 7363 was stopped at 2 p.m. at Roxford Street and San Fernando Road (map) after the conductor found what he believed to be an “IED,” Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im. After spotting an individual jump off the train and run away, the conductor stopped the […]

  • Twisted Colossus is shown in a promotional image from Six Flags Magic Mountain.

    Twisted Colossus Opens for Preview Rides at Six Flags Magic Mountain

    The long-awaited reincarnation of an iconic Magic Mountain roller coaster has finally been completed, and the first riders got to experience Twisted Colossus on Wednesday. The ride, called world-record-breaking by Six Flags Magic Mountain, replaces the wooden roller coaster Colossus, which closed last August after some 36 years of thrilling its fans. The four-minute-long new ride spans about 5,000 feet of track, making it the longest hybrid wood-steel roller coaster in the world, according to the Valencia amusement park. It […]

  • Oil darkens the waters off Refugio State Beach after a spill on May 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Up to 105,000-Gallon Crude Oil Spill Prompts State of Emergency in Santa Barbara County

    A cleanup effort was underway Wednesday at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, where an oil spill from a nearby pipeline left the sand polluted and created two separate slicks stretching across 9 miles of the Pacific Ocean and totaling up to a “worst-case scenario” of up to 105,000 gallons. The leak, located along an underground pipe that is part of a larger oil transportation network, was stopped Tuesday afternoon after crude oil poured onto the surrounding ground, down a canyon, […]

  • One of the dogs that was taken from a home in Santa Ana on May 19, 2015, are shown. (Credit: OC Animal Care)

    More Than 20 Sick Dogs Taken From Santa Ana Home in Suspected Animal Cruelty Case

    More than 20 malnourished dogs with a variety of ailments were removed from a Santa Ana home after a code enforcement visit Tuesday, according to police. In response to a complaint, officers went to the home in the 2200 block of West 14th Street about 9 a.m., Santa Ana Police Department spokesman Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. There, they found 20 to 21 dogs of various breeds suffering from malnutrition, mange and scabies, Bertagna said. A member of the family who […]