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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
  • Policemen stand guard near a collapsed wall where a girl died following an earthquake in Takatsuki City, north of Osaka prefecture on June 18, 2018. (Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Strong Earthquake Strikes Osaka, Japan Killing at Least 3 and Injuring 73

    A strong earthquake hit the Japanese city of Osaka during morning rush hour Monday, killing at least three people and injuring 73, Japan’s government says. The 5.3 magnitude quake shook Osaka, on Japan’s main Honshu Island, around 8 a.m. Monday local time (7 p.m. Sunday ET) according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The Japan Meteorology Agency put the magnitude at 5.9 and JMA Seismic Intensity at 5.3. A nine-year-old girl was killed after becoming trapped by a damaged wall in a swimming pool […]

  • Pregnant Woman Accuses Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies of Using Excessive Force

    A pregnant woman says Kern County sheriff’s deputies were responding to a call about dogs being left in the heat at her home in the northern Antelope Valley when, after her boyfriend began arguing with them, they began beating her and using excessive force. Rick Chambers reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on June 14, 2018. Editor’s note: Asked about this incident Thursday, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office did not have an immediate comment and told KTLA to […]

  • An undated image posted to GoFundMe shows Robert Chelsea before he suffered burns in a crash in Los Angeles.

    L.A. Man Who Suffered Burns From Crash Says Surgery Would Make Him 1st African-American to Receive Facial Transplant

    A Los Angeles man who suffered extensive burns in a crash told KTLA on Friday that he was raising money to fund a procedure that would make him the first African-American to receive a facial transplant. According to a GoFundMe page for Robert Chelsea, he was driving home from church in 2013 when his car overheated and forced him to pull over to the side of the freeway. While waiting for roadside assistance, a drunken driver crashed into Chelsea’s vehicle, the […]

  • Police investigate the scene of a fatal crash in Sun Valley on June 7, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Dead, Woman Seriously Injured in Hit-and-Run Crash in Sun Valley: Police

    A man was killed and a woman was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash in Sun Valley early Thursday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The crash occurred around 3:25 a.m. near the intersection of Sherman Way and Vineland Avenue, a news release stated. A Nissan Murano was heading west on Sherman Way at a high rate of speed when it lost control and crashed into a vehicle, an officer at the scene told KTLA. The Murano then crashed […]

  • Christopher Frushon is seen in an image provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on June 6, 2018.

    Teen Killed in Hit-and-Run Incident in Compton; Authorities Seeking Information

    Authorities on Wednesday sought information in a hit-and-run incident that killed a 18-year-old in Compton. A speeding vehicle struck Dominguez High School student Christopher Frushon while he was in a crosswalk on Wilmington Avenue near Stockwell Street around 8:46 p.m. on May 26, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The teen had been walking to his grandma’s house a short distance away, his family said. The high school senior was due to graduate tomorrow. Instead, his parents will attend […]

  • 8th Annual Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge Raises Funds in Culver City

    The 8th annual Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge raised funds to provide free swim lessons for underserved Los Angeles County youths on Sunday in Culver City. For more information, head to http://coast2coastswim.com/ Rick Chambers reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on June 3, 2018.

  • Veteran Who Left Rosemead High School in 1946 to Join Navy Picks up Diploma

    More than 70 years after leaving his high school in Rosemead to join the Navy, 90-year-old Kelly Crowell is finally got his diploma on Thursday. Crowell wasn’t the best student and was absent more than he was in the classroom, he told KTLA. He left school, to the chagrin of his mother, to serve his country. He thought about going back to school, but never did. It was the principal of Rosemead High School who finally convinced him to return. […]

  • Carjacking Suspect in Custody After Video Captures Wild, Dangerous End to Pursuit in Burbank

    A carjacking suspect was taken into custody on Wednesday after cellphone video captured a wild chase coming to a dangerous end in Burbank. The incident began earlier in the morning, when the California Highway Patrol responded to 911 calls regarding an individual driving erratically in Pasadena. The driver collided with a white SUV and allegedly carjacked that vehicle near the 210 Freeway and San Gabriel Boulevard, authorities said. Prior to that, he was driving another stolen vehicle, authorities said. Officials […]

  • A Tesla on autopilot crashed into a Laguna Beach Police Patrol vehicle on May 29, 2018. (Credit: Laguna Beach Police Department)

    Tesla on Autopilot Crashes Into Laguna Beach Police Patrol Vehicle

    A Tesla that was in autopilot mode crashed into a Laguna Beach police patrol vehicle Tuesday morning, totaling the SUV and leaving the sedan’s driver injured, an official said. The crash occurred along Laguna Canyon Road shortly after 11 a.m., according to Laguna Beach Police Department Sgt. Jim Cota. The officer was not in the police SUV at the time but handling a call for service about 1,000 yards away, Cota said. The Tesla driver, a 65-year-old man, sustained minor […]