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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
  • The Creek Fire was 0 percent contained on the night of Dec. 5, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    11,000-Acre Creek Fire in Foothills Above Sylmar Forces Mandatory Evacuations Affecting 110,000 People

    A brush fire burning in the foothills above Sylmar, Lake View Terrace and Sunland-Tujunga scorched 11,000 acres, burned at least 30 structures and forced more than 100,000 people to evacuate their homes Tuesday. By late afternoon, a state of emergency had been declared in both the city and county of Los Angeles, which had sent firefighters on Monday to battle the much larger Thomas Fire in Ventura County. The Los Angeles County blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, began about 3:42 […]

  • L.A. firefighters battle a blaze along the 118 Freeway in Porter Ranch on Dec. 5, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Small Brush Fires Break Out Along 118 Freeway in Porter Ranch as Larger Blazes Rage in SoCal

    A small brush fire was knocked down in Porter Ranch on Tuesday afternoon, and then another spot fire potted up nearby several hours later. The first fire was reported at 2:08 p.m. from 11131 N. Tampa Ave., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The California Highway Patrol’s traffic log indicated the blaze was moving southbound from the 118 Freeway toward a residential area. It grew to 4 to 5 acres but no one was injured and no structures were […]

  • San Bernardino County Fire Department tweeted this photo of a response to the Little Mountain Fire on Dec. 5, 2017.

    Little Mountain Fire Burns 100 Acres Near Cal State San Bernardino; Evacuations Lifted

    A 100-acre fire burning near Cal State San Bernardino campus left at least three people with burn injuries, caused the closure of the 215 Freeway and prompted hourslong evacuations on Tuesday, a day when wildfires were raging across Southern California. The San Bernardino County Fire Department asked for immediate backup as  winds blew at 30 to 35 mph. The California Highway Patrol’s traffic incident log described the situation on the 215 Freeway as “IMMEDIATE LIFE THREAT ON THE FWY.” #LittleMountainFire: […]

  • In court on Dec. 1, 2017, Bonnie Masters-Weber holds up a photo of her daughter after a January hit-and-run crash. (Credit: KTLA)

    O.C. Judge Throws Out DUI Driver’s 2-Year Sentence After Victim Protests She Wasn’t Asked to Speak at Hearing

    A young woman seriously injured by a hit-and-run DUI driver will get a chance – one she had previously been denied due to a mistake on the part of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office – to speak in court at a sentencing hearing for the man who put her in the hospital. The driver, Jorge Daniel Perez, was sentenced to two years in prison after entering a guilty plea in October, but the prosecutor failed to notify victim Jessica Weber […]

  • A pursuit ended in a fatal collision in Malibu on Nov. 29, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Gardener Fatally Struck by Stolen Car Driver Who Was Fleeing Deputies in Malibu: LASD

    The driver of a stolen vehicle who was fleeing deputies crashed into a gardener, killing him, and then struck several parked vehicles, causing another crash and a fire in a series of events that left PCH in Malibu shut down for hours on Wednesday morning. The driver, whose vehicle burst into flames, was pulled from the burning stolen Mazda 6 by responding deputies, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Bob Boese. The incident began about 7:50 a.m. when a deputy […]

  • A milk tanker overturned on the 5 Freeway in Burbank on Nov. 22, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Overturned Milk Tanker Causes Hours of Lane Closures on 5 Freeway in Burbank

    A crash involving a big rig hauling milk has left all but one lane of the southbound 5 Freeway closed through Burbank for hours on one of the busiest traffic days of the year. The crash occurred about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday just north of Burbank Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic incident page. The overturned tanker was leaking thousands of gallons of milk across lanes and blocking traffic. Just before 6 a.m., a SigAlert was issued. By 8:20 […]

  • Sheriff's officials investigate the death of a woman at a home in Bellflower on Nov. 20, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    22-Year-Old Woman Found Dead in Bellflower Home Is ID’d

    Authorities have released the name of a 22-year-old woman who died in her Bellflower home after her husband reported her not breathing following a night of drinking. Kenia Avilez’s name and age were released early Wednesday by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. The victim was found unresponsive in a bedroom at her home in the 9500 block of Cedar Street about 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which had said the victim was 23. […]

  • Jozef Dudek of Buena Park is shown in a photo provided to KTLA by his family's attorney on Nov. 21, 2017.

    Buena Park 2-Year-Old Boy Is 8th Child to Die From Fallen IKEA Dresser, Prompting Recall Reminder

    Amid reports of another child death, IKEA is reminding customers who purchased some of its dressers that they need to be fastened to the wall or they may tip and fall. The reminder is part of the company’s reannouncement of a 2016 recall of many of its dressers and chests following reports of injuries and deaths of children. There have been 186 reports of Malm dressers tipping; 91 of them resulted in injuries. In addition, there have been 113 reports […]

  • Charles Manson is seen en route to a Los Angeles courtroom in December 1970, left. Right, his state prison system inmate photo shows him on Oct. 8, 2014. (Credit: left, John Malmin / Los Angeles Times; right, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

    Cult Killer Charles Manson Dies in Bakersfield Hospital at 83

    Notorious cult leader and convicted killer Charles Manson, who along with his followers committed a series of high-profile murders in the Los Angeles area in 1969, died Sunday at a hospital in Bakersfield, according to the California Department of Corrections. He was 83 years old. He died of “natural causes” at about 8:13 p.m. Sunday evening, the department said in a news release. Born Charles Milles Maddox on Nov. 12, 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Manson – who took his uncle’s […]