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
  • KTLA reporter Mark Mester stands next to Vasquez Canyon Road, which continued to buckle on Nov. 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Landslide Buckles Vasquez Canyon Road; 2-Mile Stretch Closed Indefinitely

    A portion of Vasquez Canyon Road remained closed indefinitely Friday after a landslide prompted buckling and significant damage along a 2-mile stretch in the Canyon Country area. “This isn’t just the road; it’s the mountain itself that’s moving and it’s pushing the road up,” said Paul Funk with L.A. County Department of Public Works. The roadway was closed Thursday between Lost Creek Road and Vasquez Way after public works officials first noticed the shift around 10:30 that morning. The closure was said to be indefinite […]

  • President Obama discusses the recent attacks in Paris at a speech in Antalya, Turkey on Nov. 16, 2015. (Credit: CNN)

    Amid Criticism, President Obama Defends ‘Right Strategy’ on Fighting ISIS

    President Barack Obama sharply defended his strategy Monday for going after ISIS amid mounting criticism that the U.S. is not doing enough to stop the terror organization that went on a killing spree in Paris last week. He faced a barrage of tough and probing questions from international journalists at a G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, that often put him on the defensive. In response, he repeatedly stressed confidence in his approach to combating terrorism and handling Syria, where a […]

  • People run after hearing what is believed to be explosions or gun shots near Place de la Republique square in Paris on November 13, 2015. At least 18 people were killed in several shootings and explosions in Paris today, police said. (Credit: Getty Images)

    More Than 150 Killed in Coordinated Attacks in Paris; 8 Terrorists Dead

    On a night when thousands of Paris residents and tourists were reveling and fans were enjoying a soccer match between France and world champion Germany, horror struck in an unprecedented manner. Terrorists — some with AK-47s, some reportedly with bombs strapped to them — attacked sites throughout the French capital and at the stadium where the soccer match was underway. Scores were killed in the coordinated attacks late Friday, leaving a nation in mourning and the world in shock. CNN […]

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    Plumbers Come to the Rescue When Riverside Woman Flushes Engagement Ring Down the Toilet

    Utility workers in Riverside were being credited Tuesday with performing a minor miracle after a bride-to-be accidentally flushed her engagement ring and a pair of diamond earrings down the toilet. Rick Chambers reports from Riverside for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.  

  • Officer Bryce Hanes is honored  by his alma mater San Bernardino High school where he played football. (Credit: KTLA)

    San Bernardino High School Honors Police Officer Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver

    San Bernardino High School honored Officer Bryce Hanes during a football game Friday. Hanes, who was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver Thursday, once played on the school’s football team. Rick Chambers reports from San Bernardino for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Nov. 6, 2015. More Video:

  • Archie Green III, 27, is seen in this photo provided by the Ontario Police Department.

    Alleged DUI Driver Who Crashed Into San Bernardino Officer, Killing Him, ID’d

    The suspected DUI driver who ran a red light early Thursday and slammed into an on-duty San Bernardino police officer’s patrol vehicle, killing the veteran officer, was identified as a 27-year-old Fontana man. Archie Green III was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol causing fatal injuries in the death of San Bernardino Police Department Officer Bryce Hanes, 40. The crash was reported near the intersection of Fourth Street and Etiwanda Avenue in the […]

  • Rain falls on the San Fernando Valley on Nov. 3, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Freezing Temps Forecast After Warmest October on Record in Southern California

    Antelope Valley residents are in for a cold couple of days. A frost warning issued for Wednesday morning — meaning temperatures could hover just above 32 degrees — will be followed by an advisory for possible freezing temperatures after sundown, the National Weather Service said. The freeze advisory is in place for Lancaster, Palmdale and surrounding communities through Thursday morning but could stretch into Friday, the weather service said. Residents in freeze-advisory areas are advised to keep pets and plants […]

  • Briana Nicole Gallegos is seen in an image from GoFundMe.

    Friends ID Second Body Discovered in Debs Park in Montecito Heights as 17-Year-Old Girl

    The second of two bodies found earlier this week in a park in Montecito Heights was identified by friends on social media as 17-year-old Briana Nicole Gallegos. Gallegos’ body was discovered Wednesday near a hiking trail in popular Ernest E. Debs Regional Park alongside Gabriela Calzada, 19, who was positively identified by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office Thursday. Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the second victim, but did tentatively identify her Thursday, saying only that she was a minor. LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith […]

  • Robert Witt's sister Laverne Minnick was there as her brother's casket arrived at LAX. “I put my head on the casket and talked to Robert,” she said. “I told him he was home.” (Credit: Family photo)

    Remains of Southern California Soldier Missing Since Korean War Come Home

    Historians sometimes call the Korean War the forgotten war. But it is hardly forgotten by the families of the fallen — including the more than 7,800 U.S. military personnel whose bodies have never been accounted for. Like Army Cpl. Robert Witt, who was 20 when he was reported missing during a brutal battle near Chosin Reservoir in December 1950. He had grown up in Bellflower, graduated from high school in Norwalk and joined the Army in 1948. In 1953, U.S. […]