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
  • Palm trees are seen on a sunny day in this file photo. (Credit: Getty Images)

    Anaheim Was Hottest Place in U.S. on Monday; Scorching Temps, Fire Danger Remain in SoCal

    Temperatures are again expected to reach the 90s in parts of Southern California Tuesday as the risk of wildfires persists across the region. Anaheim was the hottest place in the U.S. Monday with a high of 98 degrees Fahrenheit, the National Weather Service said. Yorba Linda and San Pasqual Valley in San Diego followed with a high of 97 degrees. Fullerton, Chino, Escondido, Long Beach, Death Valley and Santee in San Diego County came in third at 96 degrees, according […]

  • A herd of goats munches away on brush, aiding in fire prevention efforts, in Laguna Beach on Oct. 18, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Goats Help Combat Wildfires in Laguna Beach

    Laguna Beach’s firefighting goats have been deployed into action to help chew through brush that could become fuel for wildfires. City officials have brought goats in since the 1990s to help munch away vegetation and mitigate the threat of brush fires. The roughly 1,000 goats are penned into areas of particular fire concern, where they gleefully clear the foliage. A wet winter resulted in more vegetation than usual, so about twice as many goats have been brought in this year, […]

  • A car with a suspicious item in its trunk was found abandoned in Anaheim on Oct. 17, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Body Recovered From Trunk of Abandoned Car in Anaheim: Police

    A tarp-wrapped mass found in the trunk of an abandoned car in Anaheim Thursday proved to be human remains, officials said. California Highway Patrol first notified local police around 10:45 a.m. about a suspicious car parked on Santa Ana Canyon Road, just west of Gypsum Canyon Road and the junction for highways 91 and 241, said Anaheim Police Sgt. Daron Wyatt. It’s unclear how long the vehicle had been sitting there. Video from the scene showed the tarp was wrapped […]

  • Officials Determine No Danger After Hazmat Call in Fullerton

    Fire officials called to investigate a possible hazardous materials situation after citizens noticed smoke emitting from a building in Fullerton determined there was no threat to health or safety. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Oct. 16, 2019.

  • A booking photo of Francisco Javier Lopez was released on Oct. 15, 2019.

    DNA From Suspect’s Female Relative Helps Lead to Arrest in 2012 Kidnapping, Rape of 6-Year-Old Girl in Santa Ana: Officials

    DNA from a female relative of the suspect accused of kidnapping and raping a 6-year-old girl in Santa Ana helped lead to an arrest and charges in the case, Orange County authorities announced Monday. Francisco Javier Lopez, 45, of Montebello, is accused of kidnapping the victim in the 1400 block of South Townsend Street on July 15, 2012, according to the Santa Ana Police Department. He allegedly forced the child into a Honda Civic in broad daylight, then took her […]

  • The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim stand for a moment of silence before they play the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 12, 2019 in Anaheim. (Credit: John McCoy/Getty Images)

    People With ‘Roles’ in Tyler Skaggs’ Death Must Take Responsibility, Angels Employee Says

    The Angels employee who reportedly provided opioids to Tyler Skaggs issued a statement Sunday saying that cooperating with federal authorities was “the right thing to do” and that “it’s time for everybody to stand up and take responsibility for their respective roles” in the pitcher’s drug-related death. “Nothing anyone does will ever provide closure for the Skaggs family,” Eric Kay, who has worked in the team’s media relations department for 24 years, said in a statement issued by his attorney, […]

  • Devastation surrounds a smoldering residence after a fire destroyed much of a Calimesa mobile home park on Oct. 10, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Sandalwood Fire Sparked by Burning Trash Explodes to 500 Acres, Destroys 74 Homes in Calimesa

    More than six dozen homes in a Calimesa mobile home park were destroyed after a garbage truck dumped a burning load that sparked a fire Thursday. Dubbed the Sandalwood Fire, it broke out just before 2 p.m. and exploded to 500 acres within two hours, according to Cal Fire Riverside. As of 8 p.m., the flames were 10% contained. Sky5 was overhead as the blaze reduced several homes to blackened piles of debris. The fire spread to the Villa Calimesa […]

  • ‘He’s My World’: Family Worries About Missing Pets During Sandalwood Fire

    A family in Calimesa was worried about their missing dog and cat as the Sandalwood Fire burned in the Riverside County neighborhood. The 500-acre blaze scorched a mobile home community in the area prompting residents to flee their homes. Bill and Melissa were alerted about a fire in their community and rushed home from work. Their neighborhood was already being evacuated when they returned. Melissa found an animal control official who had one of her dogs, Tucker. “He’s a little […]

  • Police are seeking the gunman pictured in this photo in connection with a yogurt shop robbery in Garden Grove on Sept. 27, 2019. (Credit: Garden Grove Police Department)

    Apologetic Gunman Sought in Garden Grove Robbery

    A man posed as a customer before pulling a gun, apologizing to the clerk and robbing a Garden Grove frozen yogurt shop last month, police said. The gunman remained at large Wednesday, but authorities released footage from a surveillance camera that caught a clear view of the robber in the crime, which took place  on Sept. 27 at Berry’s on Top Yogurt, 12901 Harbor Boulevard, near Garden Grove Boulevard. As the video shows, the robber posed as a customer. But […]

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