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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
  • 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 […]

  • A fireworks display is seen at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. (Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)

    Where to Watch Independence Day Fireworks in SoCal

    Law enforcement and fire officials in Southern California have warned residents this week about the dangers of illegal fireworks ahead of Independence Day. They offered legal and safe alternatives with public displays going on throughout the region on July 4. Here is where you can watch: Chatsworth Shepherd of the Hills Church will host the 20th Anniversary of the 4th of July Spectacular beginning at 4:30 p.m. A 21-minute fireworks finale will close out the night, which includes inflatable jumpers, face […]

  • Robert Silva is seen in an undated photo.

    Santa Ana Police Release Video Amid Investigation Into Shooting Death of 18-Year-Old Man at Street Party

    Police on Tuesday released video amid the search for whoever fatally shot an 18-year-old man at an “unsanctioned outdoor party” in Santa Ana late last month, authorities said. On June 23, police responded to a shooting in the area of 1700 Newport Circle at 1:14 a.m., according to a Santa Ana Police Department news release. A large crowd of more than 100 preteens, teens and young adults had gathered in an industrial park when a fight broke out, police said. […]

  • Authorities were searching for a permanent home on July 2, 2018, for an orphaned dog in Newport Beach.

    Authorities in Newport Beach Trying to Find Home for Orphaned Dog Named Bruno

    Authorities in Newport Beach are searching for a home for an orphaned 2-year-old pit bull mix named Bruno. Bruno’s previous owner was a homeless man who used to panhandle in Newport Beach but died seven months ago. The dog was found by the man’s side and later taken to the Newport Beach Animal Shelter. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on July 2, 2018.

  • Police investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Santa Ana on July 1, 2018. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Man Suspected of Breaking Into Cars in Santa Ana Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

    A man died following an officer-involved shooting at a parking structure in Santa Ana late Sunday night. Police responded to a call about 11:40 p.m. regarding someone possibly breaking into cars at the structure between the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the police department on Civic Center Drive, Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. Arriving officers found a man holding a large object, which Bertagna described as a metal stake of some kind. One officer attempted to use […]