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
  • Clouds linger over downtown L.A. skyscrapers as a storm rolls through the Los Angeles basin last week. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

    Rains Continue Across L.A. County With Thunderstorms Possible

    Meteorologists expect rains to continue to sprinkle across Los Angeles County on Sunday, with a chance of thunderstorms later in the day, before the weather dries up for the week. Later Sunday, “it’s possible we could get some thunderstorms down in the beach areas,” said meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie of the National Weather Service. But all in all, it “should be more blue skies than showers” by late afternoon, Hoxsie said. As of Sunday morning, the heaviest rain in Los Angeles […]

  • Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters rescue a man from the Los Angeles river in Atwater Village following a storm on Dec. 8, 2019. (Credit: LOUDLABS)

    Rescuers Pull Man From From L.A. River in Atwater Village Following Storm

    Firefighters used an inflatable boat and ropes to rescue a man stranded in the middle of the Los Angeles River in Atwater Village after a storm on Sunday afternoon. The 40-year-old man was spotted standing on a small island amid the briskly-flowing 2-foot-deep waters of the river, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. He was about 25 feet away from shore. Rescuers elected to use an inflatable raft, tethered with ropes, to reach and retrieve the man. “LAFD Swift Water […]

  • Thick clouds cover the downtown Los Angeles skyline amid steady rain on Dec. 4, 2019. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

    Rain Expected to Linger Through the Weekend Before SoCal Dries Out Next Week

    Rain returned to Southern California again Friday following a two-day storm earlier in the week, with a moist pressure trough expected to drop the heaviest precipitation Friday night as it moves southwest. Showers began in Los Angeles by 1:30 p.m., and by 3 p.m. Santa Monica saw about 0.10 inches while another 0.12 inches fell in the Anaheim area. This storm should be lighter than the last, but most coastal areas and valleys can expect to get wet Friday evening, […]

  • Warm Pacific Ocean ‘Blob’ Threatening Sea Lion Pups in Orange County

    A menacing “blob” of heat bubbling up in the Pacific Ocean has marine mammal rescuers on edge and gearing up for what could be an exceptionally active year. The Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach has rescued four baby sea lions since November, an unusually high number so early in the season. The center usually fields calls about stranded pups in January or February. Officials think the blob developing in the Pacific Ocean is to blame for the increased number of […]

  • Huntington Beach Marine Safety officials released this photo of a water rescue on Dec. 4, 2019.

    Firefighters Rescue Man From Flooded Area in Huntington Beach During Powerful Storm

    Firefighters rescued a man who got stuck in flooded waters near a drainage pipe in Huntington Beach Wednesday morning, officials said. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Dec. 4, 2019.

  • A police officer is seen on the campus of Estancia High School in Costa Mesa on Dec. 3, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Teens Arrested After Alleged Online Threat to High School in Costa Mesa; BB Gun Recovered: Police

    Social media posts regarding a possible threat to a school in Costa Mesa has led to the arrest of two teenagers, police announced Tuesday morning. The investigation began about 11:10 p.m. Monday when the Costa Mesa Police Department received reports of a potential threat against Estancia High School, according to a news release from the agency. One post showed someone apparently holding a rifle with the caption, “Don’t go to school tomorrow,” police officials said. A second indicated there would […]

  • Ricardo Preciado-Saldivar, 26, is seen in an undated photo provided by the La Habra Police Department on Dec. 2, 2019. On the right, a big rig whose driver is believed to have witnessed the crash is seen in a photo released by police.

    La Habra Man Accused of Driving High on Weed in Crash That Killed Pedestrian

    A La Habra driver was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of marijuana in a collision that killed a 52-year-old man last week, authorities said Monday. The victim was walking in the area of La Habra and Harbor boulevards when he was struck by a vehicle at about 5:28 a.m. Friday, according to the La Habra Police Department. The driver, 26-year-old Ricardo Preciado-Saldivar, was arrested on suspicion of murder and DUI, police said in a news release. Paramedics […]

  • 5 Sought After Armed Robbery Caught on Video in Santa Ana: Police

    An armed robbery captured on video at a Santa Ana store is being circulated by police in hopes the public can help identify the individuals responsible. One of six people involved was already in custody before the surveillance video’s release Wednesday, but the Santa Ana Police Department is hoping to track down the remaining perpetrators who targeted a business on the 200 block of East 17th Street last Wednesday, Nov. 20. The video starts with two women walking outside of […]

  • Storm preparations were underway in Seal Beach on Nov. 26, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Storm Preparations Underway Amid High Surf Advisory in Seal Beach

    A high surf advisory is in place on Tuesday in Seal Beach and nearby Orange County communities amid a storm that is set to hit the area just ahead of Thanksgiving. Berms and sandbags have been set up to keep water out of homes and businesses closest to the shore. Chip Yost reports from Seal Beach for the KTLA 5 News

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