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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
  • The Skyline Fire burns near Corona on July 19, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Firefighters Frantic to Gain Control of Brush Fires Across California Ahead of Next Heat Wave

    With another heat wave on the horizon, firefighters battling blazes on grassy slopes and deep in forest canyons across the state were in a frantic fight to gain ground. The biggest battle was going on outside Yosemite National Park, where more than 2,700 firefighters have been lugging hoses and hand tools up rugged forest terrain alongside bulldozers while water- and fire retardant-dropping aircraft roar overhead trying to contain the Ferguson fire. The fire started July 13 and claimed a firefighter’s […]

  • Orange County Sheriff's Department officials on July 19, 2018 tweeted this sketch of a man who allegedly robbed a woman while holding a gun.

    Authorities Release Sketch of Man Who Allegedly Robbed Woman While Holding Gun Near Mission Viejo Park

    Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials on Thursday released a sketch of a man wanted in connection with robbing a woman while holding a gun near a Mission Viejo park. The incident occurred about 10 p.m. Monday outside the victim’s home near El Dorado Park, officials said in a tweet. The woman had just parked her car when the man got out of the passenger side of a vehicle and asked for directions to San Juan Capistrano. The woman gave the […]

  • A child is carted on a stretcher after being rescued from underneath a rock in Laguna Beach on July 18, 2018. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

    15-Year-Old Rescued, Flown to Trauma Center After Being Pinned by Falling Boulder in Laguna Beach

    A teenage boy was airlifted to the hospital with his arm partially severed after being struck by a large rock in Laguna Beach on Wednesday afternoon, officials said. The 15-year-old was walking with a friend along rocks in the Emerald Bay area of the coastline when a boulder “the size of a big cooler” came down and fell on him, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Tony Bommarito. “Unfortunately, his right arm took the brunt of that boulder, partially severing above his right arm […]

  • Newport Beach Police Investigating After Church Vandalized on Balboa Peninsula

    Vandals are suspected of breaking through stained glass windows and throwing around library books at a church in Newport Beach on Wednesday, possibly causing more than a thousand dollars in damages. Officers responded to Christ Church by the Sea — located at 1400 W. Balboa Blvd., on the Balboa Peninsula — after receiving a report of shattered windows just before 7:30 a.m., according to Jennifer Manzella of the Newport Beach Police Department. It appeared nothing had been taken, and the […]

  • KTLA's Chip Yost is shown with a new friend on July 13, 2018, at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa.

    Orange County Fair Gets Underway

    The Orange County Fair began on Friday and continues through Aug. 12. The fair is located at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 news at 1 and 3 p.m. on July 13, 2018.

  • Long lines formed outside the Build-A-Bear Workshop in Montebello on July 12, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Build-A-Bear Workshop Shuts Down Lines as Large Crowds Gather for ‘Pay Your Age’ Event

    Lines for Build-A-Bear Workshop’s highly anticipated “Pay-Your-Age” event were shut down at locations across the U.S. Thursday morning due to overwhelming crowds and safety issues, leading to disappointment and frustration for many customers who were left empty-handed. The company made the announcement about 8 a.m. PT. as significant crowds were reported at locations around the country, including in Southern California. “Per local authorities, we cannot accept additional Guests at our U.S. Build-A-Bear Workshop locations due to crowd and safety concerns,” […]

  • A vehicle is shown crashed next to a pole in Santa Ana on July 11, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    DUI Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested After Kidnapping Innocent Man, Trying to Pass Him Off as Suspect in O.C. Crashes: Police

    A suspected-hit-and-run driver was arrested after allegedly taking an innocent man to law enforcement and falsely claiming he was behind the wheel in a violent string of crashes in Santa Ana that left four injured Wednesday, police said. David Brihn, 41, of Santa Ana faces possible charges of driving under the influence, kidnapping and other crimes, according to Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. The bizarre series of incidents began just before 3 a.m. when the suspect was involved […]

  • Crystal Gonzales is shown in a photo released by the Ontario Police Department on July 10, 2018.

    Woman Arrested After Allegedly Leaving Babies in SUV During Heat Wave: Ontario Police

    A woman was arrested Sunday after she allegedly left two babies inside an SUV for at least a half hour while she apparently shopped at an Ontario Walmart, officials announced Tuesday. Crystal Gonzales, a 34-year-old resident of Fontana, faces a child endangerment charge in connection with the incident, according to Ontario police and inmate records. About 7:45 p.m. Sunday, a security guard at a Walmart along the 1300 block of Mountain Avenue noticed people gathering around a GMC in the parking […]

  • Culex mosquitoes, which most Californians are familiar with, spread West Nile virus. (Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

    O.C. Officials Warn of West Nile Virus as 1st Infected Mosquito Sample Is Found in Garden Grove

    The first mosquito sample testing positive for West Nile Virus this year was confirmed by the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District to be found in Garden Grove, the agency said in a news release Monday. The sample was collected from mosquitoes found near Garden Grove Boulevard and Newhope Street on July 3, officials said. So far, however, no birds or humans in the county have been infected with the virus this year. The virus is usually transmitted to humans and […]