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
  • 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 […]

  • Residents of Ferguson, Mo. protest the death of Michael Brown on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (Credit: Julian Johnson/KMOV)

    Missouri State Troopers Take Over Security in Ferguson

    State troopers are taking over security in this St. Louis suburb after days of clashes between local police and protesters. Gov. Jay Nixon said he decided to put the Missouri State Highway Patrol in charge of security because “at this particular point, the attitudes weren’t improving, and the blocks towards expression appeared to be a flashpoint.” Lately, the community of Ferguson, which has been the scene of demonstrations and a strong police response in the wake of a weekend police […]

  • LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Talks About Police Chief Charlie Beck, Other Issues

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was in studio Sunday to talk about his continued support for LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, the LADWP and other issues. This video aired on KTLA on Aug. 10, 2014.

  • President Obama delivered a speech on the situation in Iraq on Aug. 9, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

    U.S. Airstrikes Have Been Successful; No Timeline for End of Military Efforts in Iraq: President Obama

    U.S. airstrikes have “successfully destroyed arms and equipment” that terrorists with ISIS could have used against the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil in Iraq, U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday. “We feel confident” that military efforts can prevent ISIS from slaughtering people on Mount Sinjar, where ISIS has been killing many members of the Yazidi minority, Obama said in remarks at the White House. He declined to give a timetable for U.S. airstrikes and humanitarian air drops in Iraq. “Wherever […]

  • President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the State Dining Room of the White House on Thursday, August 7, 2014. (Credit: Mike Theiler/Pool/Getty Images)

    Obama Authorizes ‘Targeted Airstrikes’ in Iraq to Counter ISIS Militants

    WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday that he’s authorized “targeted airstrikes” in Iraq to protect American personnel and help Iraqi forces. “We do whatever is necessary to protect our people,” Obama said. “We support our allies when they’re in danger.” A key concern for U.S. officials: dozens of American consular staff and military advisers working with the Iraqi military in Irbil, the largest city in Iraq’s Kurdish region. Obama said Thursday he’d directed the military to take targeted […]

  • Local ‘Pony League’ Baseball Team Advanced to World Series

    Rick Chambers reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Friday Aug. 1, 2014.

  • Brian and Shimeaka Hodges are seen in this photo posted to their Go Fund Me page.

    Bakersfield Couple In Health Insurance Nightmare After Husband Seriously Injured in Zipline Accident on Mexico Vacation

    What should have been a dream vacation for Bakersfield couple Brian and  Shimeaka Hodges became a nightmare after he was seriously injured in a ziplining accident at a popular tourist destination in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The Hodges traveled to Mexico to celebrate an anniversary and celebrate Shimeaka’s birthday when they decided to go ziplining at “Wild Canyon,” which is billed as the safest zipline around. Calvin Black, a friend of the couple, said he saw Brian on the zipline […]