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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
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    ‘Don’t Mess With Snakes,’ Advises Man Bitten by Rattlesnake While Taking Selfie

    A Lake Elsinore man could lose his hand after being bitten by a rattlesnake he was holding and taking pictures with, he and his mother said Thursday. Alex Gomez found the 4-foot-long snake in a field behind his home on Monday and decided to pick it up. The 36-year-old could be seen holding the snake and even wrapping it around his neck in photographs provided to KTLA by his mother. At some point after the photos were taken, the rattlesnake attacked […]

  • WDBJ tweeted this photo of Vester L. Flanagan, a former reporter for the station who went by Bryce Williams on air, after the fatal shooting on Aug. 26, 2015.

    WDBJ Shooter Vester Flanagan Had History of ‘Odd Behavior,’ Complaints About Racism

    The man who police say killed two journalists during a live broadcast Wednesday was no stranger to WDBJ-TV. He was Bryce Williams, a reporter for the Roanoke, Virginia, station until he was fired two years ago. More accurately, Williams was the on-air name for Vester Lee Flanagan II. Williams died Wednesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, hours after he fatally shot WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward during the station’s morning newscast. A woman the journalists were interviewing, […]

  • Religious leaders gather for an interfaith service marking the 50th anniversary of the Watts riots on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (Credit: Chris Pace/KTLA)

    Interfaith Service Honors Those Killed 50 Years Ago in Watts Riots

    Faith leaders from across Los Angeles came together to honor those who died in the Watts riots 50 years ago. They prayed for South L.A. which continues to struggle with high poverty, low-performing schools and gang violence. Rick Chambers reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015.

  • Jessie Rosales, 9, is seen in a photo provided to KTLA by a family member.

    Two Arrested in Hit-and-Run That Killed 9-Year-Old Boy in Orange: Police

    Two drivers have been arrested after a 9-year-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run at an intersection in the city of Orange, authorities said Friday. The collision occurred about 9:30 p.m. Thursday at North Glassell Street and East Wilson Street, as the victim was crossing Glassell with his older sister, according to a news release from the Orange Police Department. A family member initially said the boy was with his mother. Witnesses told investigators that the boy was struck after two northbound vehicles both […]

  • Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump (R) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker participate in the first prime-time presidential debate on August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Credit:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Donald Trump Takes Center Stage at GOP Presidential Debate

    Donald Trump’s latest reality show roared into Ohio on Thursday night. Within a few minutes of his first debate as a Republican presidential candidate, Trump ridiculed comedian Rosie O’Donnell and griped about his treatment by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. But it was his refusal to rule out a third-party presidential run — a move that could deny Republicans the White House — that drew gasps in the audience and sparked anger from his opponents. “I mean, this is what’s […]

  • Three men who fatally attacked a man outside a liquor store in the Westlake neighborhood on June 23, 2015, are shown surveillance video released by LAPD.

    Surveillance Video Released in Deadly Stabbing in Westlake; 3 Suspects Sought

    Police were asking for the public’s help Wednesday in identifying three men seen on surveillance video who are wanted in the stabbing death of a 23-year-old man in the Westlake neighborhood of L.A. The stabbing occurred around 10 p.m. June 23 during a confrontation between Oscar Lazo and three other men in the area of Rockwood Street and Union Avenue, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. Surveillance video captured the initial confrontation outside a liquor store […]

  • 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 […]