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
  • John Deasy, superintendent of LAUSD, appears at a board meeting before his review on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

    Meeting Held on Future of LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy

    Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy was being evaluated during a special closed-door meeting by the school board on Tuesday. The meeting was held in advance of Deasy`s performance review set for next month. Earlier in the day, teachers critical of Deasy staged a protest. Rick Chambers reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

  • Wilbert Riera, 51, was in court on Staten Island Monday to face charges of child molestation during a visit to Hollywood. (Credit: CNN)

    FDNY Captain Charged With Sexually Molesting 2 Children in Hollywood

    A New York City Fire Department captain was charged Monday with allegedly sexually molesting two boys under the age of 14 in Los Angeles, the L.A. County District Attorney’s office stated. Wilbert Riera, 51, was arrested Friday at a fire house of Staten Island on a felony warrant for a crime committed against children in Hollywood, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Nuria Vanegas said. He was charged Monday with six felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 and waived […]

  • This still is from a video posted Aug. 19, 2014, purporting to show journalist James Foley being beheaded by the terrorist group Islamic State.

    ISIS Executioner Sought in Videotaped Beheadings Identified, FBI Says

    The United States believes it has identified the ISIS militant in the video showing American journalist James Foley’s killing, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday. Since August, ISIS has beheaded Foley, American journalist Steven Sotloff and British aid worker David Haines, gruesomely showing their killings in videos posted online. FBI officials believe the same militant speaks in all three videos. Related Content: James Foley In them, he wears a mask and is dressed head-to-toe in black. The militant wields a […]

  • Steven Jay Krueger, who was believed to be the "Mission Impossible Burglar," was arrested on Sept. 18, 2014, police said. (Credit: Huntington Beach Police Department)

    ‘Mission Impossible Burglar’ Arrested in Theft of Laptops Worth More Than $100,000

    A man believed to be the “Mission Impossible Burglar” has been arrested in connection with the theft of at least $100,000 worth of laptops, Huntington Beach police announced Friday. Steven Jay Krueger, 50, was accused of burglarizing a Huntington Beach computer store in May 2013 and stealing the computers, a news release from the Huntington Beach Police Department stated. The laptops have not been recovered. Krueger was believed to have appeared in several YouTube videos explaining how large scale commercial […]

  • Respiratory illnesses caused by an enterovirus are sending children to hospitals as the disease spreads across the country, health officials say. (Credit: CDC)

    Enterovirus Cases Confirmed in Southern California Are State’s First Diagnoses in 2014

    California’s first cases of a virus that has been spreading across the country this year were confirmed Thursday by the state’s chief health official. Four cases of enterovirus D68 have been confirmed, all in Southern California. One was in Ventura County; three others were in San Diego County. The patients ages ranged from 2 to 13 years old. More instances of the disease were expected as results from lab tests come back, the California Department of Public Health said in […]

  • A power pole is seen in a file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    Amid Record-Breaking Energy Demand, Crews Work to Restore Power to Thousands of Customers

    Utility crews Wednesday were working to restore power to thousands of Southern Californians as forecasters predicted slight relief from a heat wave that has gripped the region in recent days. Among those without power as of 5:30 p.m. were 2,810 Southern California Edison customers in five counties. The communities with the most customers affected were Alhambra, San Bernardino and Costa Mesa, according to data on the SCE Outage Center website. The Los Angeles Department of Water Power had reported that 497 customers had […]

  • Sheriff's Department deputies were investigating a hate crime that occurred in a parking lot in Valencia on  Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Hate Crime Being Investigated in Santa Clarita Valley: Sheriff’s Department

    A hate crime was being investigated Friday in Valencia after two white men assaulted a black man and made racial slurs, a local Sheriff’s Department official said. The assault occurred near The Alamo restaurant at 25946 McBean Pkwy (map) Thursday night, L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Dubin said. After a verbal confrontation, two white men followed the black man, made racial slurs and hit him, Dubin said. The men were described as white, 20 to 25 years old, bald and with multiple […]

  • Two people died after fire ripped through an Encino apartment complex on Aug. 28, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Elderly Woman, Son Killed in Encino Apartment Fire; Firefighter, 5 Others Hospitalized

    An investigation was underway Friday into a fire that ripped through an apartment unit in Encino, killing an elderly woman and her son, and leaving six others–including a firefighter–hospitalized, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. More than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze, which broke out on a third-floor unit located in the 5300 block of Lindley Avenue (map) shortly before 9 p.m. on Thursday, according to an LAFD incident report. The unit was part of a three-story complex and was “well […]

  • South Pasadena High School was the subject of a "massacre" plot, the city's police chief said Aug. 19, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Vigil Held After 2 Boys Charged in Alleged South Pasadena School ‘Massacre’ Plot

    Two teenage boys who allegedly planned a “massacre” at South Pasadena High School had threatened to kill another teen who knew about the plot, authorities said Wednesday. The boys, ages 16 and 17, were set to appear on criminal charges at Pasadena Juvenile Court. They were not identified because they are juveniles. The teens talked about carrying out a mass shooting at the high-achieving school in an affluent suburb that borders northeast Los Angeles, according to police. They shared their […]