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
  • Jesus Jordan Marino was hospitalized on Dec. 19, 2014 after a locker room fight at Downey High School. (Credit: KTLA)

    Locker Room Brawl Leaves Downey High School Football Player Hospitalized

    Authorities on Friday were investigating a locker room fight at Downey High School that left a football player hospitalized in the ICU. Rick Chambers reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

  • A pixelated video still shows a fight between Hawthorne police and an alleged panhandler that took place Dec. 15, 2014.

    Fistfight Between Hawthorne Police Officers and Alleged Aggressive Panhandler Caught on Video

    In a confrontation captured on a provoking bystander’s video, an alleged panhandler is shown engaging in a fistfight with two Hawthorne police officers, knocking one of them to the ground. The incident occurred Monday afternoon, when officers were called to reports of an aggressive panhandler who was in front of a Louisiana Fried Chicken location and was threatening people who would not give him money, a Hawthorne Police Department news release stated. In the 52-second video, the man pushed two officers, […]

  • President Barack Obama talks with President Raúl Castro of Cuba from the Oval Office, Dec. 16, 2014. (Credit: Pete Souza/White House)

    President Obama Announces Historic Overhaul of Relations With Cuba After American Prisoner Freed

    A political standoff that spanned five decades and 10 presidents began to crumble Wednesday with President Barack Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba. The announcement was the product of a year of clandestine back-channelling between the U.S. and Cuba, facilitated by the Canadians and the Vatican and with personal involvement from the Pope. “Today, America chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past, so as to reach for a better future for the Cuban people, for the American […]

  • Debris sails through the air in a still from video taken during a South L.A. tornado on Dec. 12, 2014. (Credit: Jamie Mena)

    Rare Tornado Pounds South Los Angeles Neighborhood With Damaging Winds

    A small, rare tornado raged through a South Los Angeles neighborhood Friday morning, launching wood and trash into the air amid a rainstorm that pelted Southern California. The unusual event occurred about 9:20 a.m. near the intersection of Gage and Vermont avenues (map) in the Vermont-Slauson area. The National Weather Service confirmed late Friday afternoon that the high winds were indeed a “small EF0 tornado.” Such tornadoes have wind speeds of 65 to 85 mph, the weather service said. The tornado caused damage […]

  • The FBI released this photo of a robber, believed to be the Cal Bear Bandit, who hit a Bank of America in Costa Mesa on Sept. 8, 2014.

    Suspected ‘Cal Bear Bandit’ Arrested in Santa Ana After Police Pursuit in Carjacked Taxi Cab

    A man suspected of being the so-called Cal Bear Bandit was taken into custody Friday after leading police on a brief pursuit in a carjacked cab following a bank robbery in Westminster, according to the FBI. The incident began around 3:11 p.m. when the accused robber called for a taxi to meet him outside the Union Bank branch at 15550 Brookhurst St., according to Cmdr. Bill Collins with the Westminster Police Department. The alleged serial robber entered the bank, handed […]

  • Cecilia Von Harz was diagnosed in early 2013 with Wilms tumor, a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects very young children. (Credit: KTLA)

    Fundraiser Held in Pasadena for 3-Year-Old Battling Rare Kidney Cancer

    A fundraiser that drew firefighters from all over the county was held Thursday night in Pasadena to raise money to help cover the cost of treatments for a 3-year-old girl who has been battling cancer for almost half her life. Cecilia von Harz, a county firefighter’s daughter, was diagnosed in 2013 with Wilms’ tumor, a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects very young children, according to family members. In the past 20 months, Cecilia has undergone multiple surgeries, followed by […]

  • Residents of Silverado Canyon placed sandbags in front of their home amid concerns about mudslides on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Threat Not Over Yet for Residents of Rain-Soaked Silverado Canyon

    Residents and fire officials continued to brace for the possibility of mudslides in Silverado Canyon on Wednesday amid a second day of heavy rains. According to the National Weather Service 2.5 inches of rain fell on the fire-ravaged canyon in the past 40 hours. Rick Chambers reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. More video:

  • A facebook photo of Robert Limon and his wife, Sabrina pictured next to a photograph of Jonathan Michael Hearn.

    Redlands Firefighter Arrested on Suspicion of Murder in Alleged Love-Triangle Slaying

    A married 35-year-old Helendale woman was arrested along with the 24-year-old Redlands firefighter with whom she was allegedly having an affair on suspicion of murder in the death of the woman’s husband, authorities said Wednesday. Robert Limon was found shot to death on Aug. 17 inside a BNSF Railway building at a Tehachapi storage yard where he worked. The 38-year-old railway employee had returned to the shop area sometime after 5 p.m. after working in the field that day, according […]

  • A vacuum truck exploded in Santa Paula on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, leaving several people injured. (Credit: KTLA)

    Dozens Injured When Vacuum Truck Explodes in Santa Paula Area

    More than three dozen people were injured Tuesday morning after a vacuum truck exploded at a wastewater disposal facility in the Santa Paula area, prompting evacuations and road closures in the surrounding area. The explosion occurred about 3:46 a.m. in the 800 block of Mission Rock Road (map), about half a mile southeast of the 126 Freeway, officials from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department said. “It sounded like a car was coming through my house,” said Mike Morin, […]