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Chip Yost is a KTLA reporter and Orange County Bureau Chief.

He joined KTLA in February of 2007 and though he reports on just about everything, his passion and background are in investigative reporting.

He won the 2013 Orange County Press Club award for “best investigative story” in the broadcast/online video category for his coverage of an upholstery business allegedly not fulfilling customers’ orders.

Chip won an Emmy for a story that had him tracking down fugitives who had escaped from the Colorado Department of Corrections. He won a duPont Silver Baton (broadcast journalism’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) for another story where he exposed how a police car could turn into a fiery death trap for officers. Chip was also awarded a Golden Mike for his KTLA report about squatters taking over homes in an upscale Riverside neighborhood.

Before joining KTLA, Chip worked as an investigative and general assignment reporter at television stations in Denver (KUSA-TV), Tucson (KOLD-TV), Yuma (KYMA-TV) and San Diego (KGTV-TV).

Chip grew up in Ohio and earned his bachelor’s degree for business administration at the University of Cincinnati. After a stint as an outside sales representative for AirTouch Communications in Los Angeles, Chip went back to school to get his master’s degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. If you don’t believe him, just ask to see his most recent student loan statement. He’s still paying it off.

Recent Articles
  • Rain floods a roadway in Huntington Beach on Jan. 15, 2019. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Heavy Rain Pounding Southland Forces Evacuations in Lake Elsinore, PCH Closure in Huntington Beach

    As heavy rains across the Southland flooded roads on Wednesday, officials issued mandatory evacuations for residents in one Lake Elsinore community burned by the Holy Fire. Residents in the zone designated as Laguna A were told to evacuate due to storm risks, with officials warning of hillsides where boulders and other debris could come crashing down. “People in this zone MUST GO NOW,” reads a statement issued by state fire and forest officials. Earlier, roads were flooded in Huntington Beach, […]

  • Evacuations have been downgraded from mandatory to voluntary in Holy Fire burn area in Riverside County on Jan. 15, 2019, as a storm passed through the area.

    Evacuations Orders Downgraded for Holy Fire Burn Zone

    Some residents living near the Holy Fire burn area in Riverside County were breathing a bit easier Tuesday after mandatory evacuations for the Holy Fire burn area in Riverside County were downgraded to voluntary. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Jan. 15, 2019.

  • In this file photo taken on Aug. 10, 2018, firefighters walk through an area burned by the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore. (Credit: Ringo Chiu / AFP / Getty Images)

    Evacuations Orders for Holy Fire Burn Areas in Riverside County Downgraded to Voluntary

    Evacuations ordered in areas affected by the destructive Holy Fire in Riverside County were downgraded from mandatory to voluntary on Monday after the first in a series of winter storms began pounding the Southland. The evacuations ordered at 7 a.m. Monday and include the neighborhoods of Amorose, Alberhill, Glen Ivy A, Glen Ivy B, Glen Eden, Grace, Horsethief A, Laguna A, Matri, McVicker A, Rice and Withrow A. “We had a clubhouse meeting and they told us the mudslides could come […]

  • Kevin Konther, 53, is seen in a photo released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 11, 2019.

    Suspect in Brutal Rapes of 9-Year-Old Girl and Woman in O.C. During Mid-1990s Arrested Through DNA Evidence: Sheriff

    More than 20 years after the brutal rapes of a 9-year-old girl and a woman in Orange County, sheriff’s officials have arrested a suspect linked through DNA evidence, authorities said Friday. Kevin Konther, 53, was arrested after the Orange County Sheriff’s Department worked with the FBI to track him down using DNA evidence collected at the scene of both crimes, which occurred about two and a half years apart, officials said. He will be arraigned on Monday. Both victims appear […]

  • Erick Alvarez Hernandez, 27, of Santa Ana, is seen during his arrest on Jan. 10, 2019. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

    Suspect Arrested in Santa Ana Bus Stop Sexual Assault

    Police arrested a man Thursday in connection with the sexual assault of a woman at a Santa Ana bus stop over the weekend, officials said. The assault occurred Saturday night at a bus station outside the MacArthur Village condo complex, near the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Bristol Street, Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. The victim, a woman in her 50s, was sitting at the covered bus stop when the man approached her and sexually assaulted her, […]

  • Danny Noriega appears in a photo provided by the Santa Ana Police Department on Jan. 10, 2019.

    Santa Ana Man Arrested After Throwing Molotov Cocktail-Type Device Under Neighbor’s Truck: Police

    A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of arson after surveillance footage allegedly showed him throwing a Molotov cocktail-type device into his neighbor’s driveway, the Santa Ana Police Department said. Danny Noriega, 61, was identified as the suspect by his neighbor, according to Santa Ana police. Police officers and Orange County Fire Authority officials responded to the 2700 block of West Maywood Avenue on Dec. 15, 2018, after receiving a call about a possible arson case. Jose Aranda, the resident […]

  • Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers remarks after being sworn in as California's 40th governor. (Credit: CNN)

    Gov. Gavin Newsom Criticizes White House ‘Corruption and Incompetence’ During Inauguration Speech

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom boldly declared his state a model for the nation Monday but said its leaders have failed to rein in the soaring cost of living and stem inequalities that are making it harder for people to achieve what he called the “California dream.” “We face serious challenges — some that have been deferred for too long,” Newsom said in his inaugural address. “We face a gulf between the rich and everyone else — and it’s not just […]

  • KTLA’s Chip Yost and Kareen Wynter Remember Chris Burrous

    KTLA’s Chip Yost and Kareen Wynter pay tribute to Chris Burrous on the KTLA 5 Morning News at 11 on Dec. 28, 2018. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Burrous family pay for funeral expenses and other costs.

  • Images of items found in a Huntington Beach home were released by the Laguna Beach Police Department on Nov. 28, 2018.

    Nazi Flags, Nearly 60 Firearms Found at Huntington Beach Home of Man Accused of Making Criminal Threats

    A man arrested Tuesday on suspicion of making criminal threats had an arsenal of weapons, Nazi and Confederate paraphernalia, and hundreds of doves in his Huntington Beach home, police said. A Laguna Beach resident had alerted authorities mid-November about receiving threats from Mitchell Todd involving a business dispute, Laguna Beach police Sgt. Jim Cota told KTLA. Cota said Todd ran a company that released doves at events, and that the victim had hired him for his son’s funeral. When the […]