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
  • Santa Ana police released surveillance video showing a woman being robbed at an ATM in Santa Ana.

    Man Sought After Woman Using ATM Is Robbed at Gunpoint in Santa Ana: Police

    Santa Ana police on Tuesday released surveillance video of an armed man robbing a woman at an ATM machine as they asked for help apprehending the assailant. The woman was retrieving cash from the ATM outside the Bank of America in the 2100 block of South Main Street around 4:45 a.m. on May 1 when she was approached by a young man, according to a news release from the Santa Ana Police Department. The man brandished a handgun and demanded […]

  • Videos Show Burglars Using Crowbar as They Target Garden Grove Pharmacies

    Security cameras captured men using a crowbar as they sought to burglarize multiple Garden Grove pharmacies over the weekend, officials said Monday. One attempt was successful, and authorities are investigating whether the same thieves could be tied to similar incidents in Anaheim, Foothill Ranch and Lake Forest, Garden Grove Police Lt. Carl Whitney said. In Garden Grove, three pharmacies along Westminster Avenue were targeted between 4:15 a.m. and 4:45 a.m. Saturday, and officers responded to each location because alarms were […]

  • Stormwater flows down the Santa Ana River channel from Prado Dam while hydrologic technicians with the USGS California Water Science Center conduct high-flow velocity and volume measurements. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

    Engineers Deem 78-Year-Old Prado Dam a ‘High Urgency Risk’

    A new assessment by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers raises concern about the potential for failure of the spillway of a flood control dam on a Southern California river where 1.4 million people live downstream. The Corps said Thursday it has changed the risk characterization of Prado Dam from moderate urgency to high urgency. Prado Dam is located on the Santa Ana River in the city of Corona about 35 miles (55 kilometers) southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The […]

  • A San Clemente apartment building where residents were being evicted to make way for a rehab facility is seen on May 16, 2019.

    San Clemente Residents Being Evicted to Make Way for Facility Housing Formerly Homeless

    Residents of a San Clemente apartment building are being evicted to make way for a facility that would house individuals who have previously been homeless. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on May 16, 2019.

  • A mother is seen confronting students at Niguel Hills Middle School in a video obtained by KTLA.

    Mother Threatens Students Inside Laguna Niguel Classroom She Says Bullied Her Daughter

    A mother is seen in a shocking video inside a Laguna Niguel classroom threatening middle school students she accused of bullying her daughter on social media. The entire situation is now under investigation. “Don’t post nothing about her. None of that,” the mom is heard saying in the video. “Y’all think y’all bullies? I’m a big bully, ok?” The video was taken inside an eighth grade classroom at Niguel Hills Middle School on Tuesday. A mother who believed her daughter […]

  • Santa Ana police released video showing a head-on crash in Santa Ana on May 13, 2019.

    Video Captures Bystanders Flipping Over Car That Landed on Its Roof After Violent Crash in Santa Ana

    Police on Tuesday released dramatic video showing a violent collision in Santa Ana that left two young men critically injured, as well as the efforts of a group of bystanders who came to their aid in the aftermath. The grainy surveillance footage shows the Acura hurtling over the center divider and slamming head on into a big rig before overturning on McFadden Avenue near Harbor Boulevard around 12:30 p.m. Monday. A large crowd of people was in the area at […]

  • The scene of a crash in Santa Ana is shown on May 13, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Young Men in Critical Condition After Head-on Crash With Big Rig in Santa Ana

    A driver and his passenger were critically injured in a violent head-on crash with a big rig in Santa Ana on Monday afternoon, authorities said. The collision took place in the area of Harbor Boulevard and McFadden Avenue around 12:30 p.m., according to Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. A driver headed westbound on McFadden was trying to turn left into the Walmart parking lot when that vehicle clipped an Acura that was traveling eastbound on the street, Bertagna […]

  • Officers work at the scene of an explosion in Fullerton on May 10, 2019. (Credit: OC Hawk)

    Man Seriously Injured in Fullerton IED Explosion Could Face Charges, Police Say

    An investigation is underway into a dangerous blast in Fullerton that was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED), and left a man hospitalized with serious injuries and looking at the possibility of facing charges, police said Friday. At about 8:50 a.m. officers were sent to the Denny’s Restaurant in the 900 block of South Harbor Boulevard to a report of a possible transformer explosion, Fullerton Police Department Sgt. Jon Radus told KTLA. Officers arrived at the location and found […]

  • O.C. Teen Describes Frightening Encounter With Naked Intruder Who Undressed in His Room

    A naked man who was chased out of a Rossmoor home after undressing in a 14-year-old boy’s bedroom was taken into custody at a nearby elementary school early Thursday following an hourslong standoff, authorities said. The incident began Wednesday night when the intruder walked into a teen’s bedroom while the boy was laying in bed, according to a statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. “When he got into my room, he shook me on my shoulder. I was facing […]

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