Rick Chambers
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Rick Chambers is co-anchor of the KTLA Weekend News and Sunday Edition. He joined the KTLA news team in May of 2011.

He is also a front-line, Emmy Award-winning reporter covering southern California's biggest stories for more than 20 years. Rick's first assignment in Los Angeles was the riots of 1992. Since then, he has given viewers first-hand live reports from the Northridge earthquake, O.J. Simpson trial, the Malibu and Laguna fires and the funeral of Ronald Reagan.

Rick has anchored political conventions and interviewed presidential hopefuls. He has rubbed shoulders with celebrities on the red carpet and talked one on one with the news makers of the day. But, he is as genuine and comfortable with the blue-collar laborer as he is with the mayor or the governor.

Prior to coming to L.A., Rick anchored at WSVN-TV in Miami and covered everything from hurricanes to the rise of the South Florida drug trade. Earlier in his career, Rick also made stops in Louisville, Ky., and Harrisburg, Ill.

He is a Chicago boy who graduated from Southern Illinois University.

Over the years, Rick has been involved with scores of charitable organizations and hosted fundraisers and award ceremonies for many of them, including the Santa Clarita Valley where he calls home.

When not chasing stories, Rick is an avid reader and lover of puzzles. Snow skiing and trap shooting are his sports of choice. He is married and the father of three children, which is why his hair turned gray years ago.

Recent Articles
  • A screenshot from an Instagram video shows firefighters dousing flames with water after a small plane crashed in Riverside on Sunday, July 26, 2015.

    Pilot Dies After Small Plane Crashes, Bursts Into Flames in Riverside Neighborhood

    A small plane crashed and burst into flames in a residential area of Riverside on Sunday, killing the pilot, a fire official said. The air traffic control tower at Riverside Municipal Airport about 5 p.m. received a distress call from a single-engine B35 Cessna, according to Capt. Tim Odebralski of the Riverside Fire Department. The pilot reported having engine trouble and requested an emergency landing at the airport. Shortly afterward, “the pilot stated that he didn’t think he was going to […]

  • Attorney Robert Rentzer provided KTLA with this photo, which he said showed Jeffrey Lash in a driver's license issued in 1996.

    ‘He Could Have Been Working for Anyone,’ Attorney Says of Mystery Man With Palisades Weapons Cache

    The mystery around a Los Angeles man whose decomposing body was found in an SUV near a home filled with 1,200 guns, tons of ammunition and $230,000 in cash was only deepening Thursday. Identified by an attorney for his fiancée as Jeffrey Alan Lash, 60, the man apparently acted secretively for years, never explaining to those around him exactly what he did for a living. When he died in early July after collapsing in a Santa Monica grocery store parking […]

  • After a dead body was found outside a home on Palisades Drive, more than 1,200 firearms and 2 tons of ammunition were discovered inside, police said. (Credit: Scott Wadenseller/Palisades News)

    Dead Man With Weapons Stash Linked to Missing Oxnard Woman Who Believed He Was Alien Savior

    A man who lived in a home filled with guns and whose decomposed body was found in an SUV in Pacific Palisades was believed to be a human/alien hybrid secretly working with the U.S. government by his fiancée and a missing Oxnard woman who worked for her, according to the fiancée’s  mother. Dawn VadBunker of Oxnard was last seen by her family on the same day 60-year-old Jeffery Lash died. Lash has not been officially identified as the man whose body […]

  • Multiple vehicles were engulfed in flames, aerial video showed. (Credit: KTLA)

    3,500-Acre North Fire in Cajon Pass Burns Homes and Vehicles, Shuts Down 15 Freeway

    A dangerous, fast-moving wildfire spread through the Cajon Pass on Friday, damaging several homes and threatening about 50 others after jumping the 15 Freeway and destroying some 20 vehicles stopped on the pavement. The fire started about 2:30 p.m. off the freeway just north of State Route 138 (map), prompting the closure of all southbound and northbound lanes of the 15 Freeway. Responding fire crews were stuck in the resulting gridlock and CHP was urging drivers to avoid the area. The North Fire was […]

  • El Nino Event Forming in Eastern and Central Pacific Could Be Most Significant in History

    Rick Chambers reports from Griffith Park for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Thursday, July 16, 2015.

  • Kaene Dean, 26, is seen in a booking photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    Deputies Find Missing Girl Locked in Sex Offender’s Garage in Santa Clarita

    A girl reported missing by her parents in Santa Clarita on Tuesday was found locked in the garage of a home where a convicted sex offender lived with his parents, authorities revealed on Wednesday. The girl’s parents reported her missing to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on Tuesday evening when they were unable to locate her, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Due to her age, she was considered a “critical missing person,” […]

  • Two men were arrested in a string of robberies during which one of the suspects was accused of wearing a mask depicting President Obama. (Credit: Fontana Police Department)

    Armed Robbery Suspects Accused of Wearing Obama Mask Arrested in Colton

    Two men wanted in a series of armed robberies at businesses throughout San Bernardino and Riverside counties were arrested Thursday in Colton. River Robison and Frankie Hernandez were suspected of committing at least 15 armed robberies between May 29 and July 9, according to a news release from the Fontana Police Department. The pair primarily targeted convenience stores and gas stations in the cities of Colton, Fontana, Temecula, Corona, Riverside, Beaumont, Hesperia, Victorville, Moreno Valley, San Bernardino, and Menifee, the […]

  • Actor Tom Selleck had truckloads of water delivered to his Hidden Valley home from a nearby water district, according to a complaint filed Monday in Ventura County Superior Court. (Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)

    Actor Tom Selleck Accused of Taking Water From Thousand Oaks Fire Hydrant for Use on Ranch

    Tom Selleck is in hot water — because of water. The “Magnum, P.I.” and “Blue Bloods” star is accused of taking water from a Ventura County water district fire hydrant for use on his ranch. The Calleguas Municipal Water District filed a complaint against Selleck and his wife, Jillie, that says the couple has stolen water from the district in Thousand Oaks more than a dozen times. A white water truck has been spotted filling up at a hydrant in […]

  • A robbery suspect surrendered after allegedly holding the owner of a Metro PCS store hostage in a standoff with police in the Palms area on July 3, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Surrenders After Three-Hour Hostage Standoff With Police at Metro PCS Store in Palms

    A robbery suspect surrendered peacefully Friday night after allegedly holding the owner of a Metro PCS store hostage in a three-hour standoff with police in the Palms area. Rick Chambers reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Friday, July 3, 2015.