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
  • An OCFA firefighter hosed down a man who had doused himself with gasoline in Santa Ana on Jan. 22, 2020. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

    Video Shows O.C. Firefighters Hosing Down Man Who Had Doused Himself With Gasoline During Tense Standoff

    A man who had doused himself and his car with gasoline in Santa Ana was hosed down by firefighters during a tense standoff that was caught on video, officials said Thursday. The incident unfolded along Standard Avenue Wednesday when authorities received a call from the man’s mother who said her son was acting suicidal. The man at one point doused himself with gasoline and got into his car, Santa Ana Police Cpl. Bertagna said. A hostage negotiator was called to […]

  • Firefighters respond to a plane crash in Corona on Jan. 22, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)

    4 People Dead After Plane Crashes, Erupts in Flames at Corona Airport

    Four people were killed when a plane crashed and caught fire after taking off from Corona Municipal Airport on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Around 12:10 p.m., the single-engine aircraft carrying four people was departing the airport, which is located at 1900 Aviation Drive,  when it crashed at the end of the runway, according to John DeYoe of the Corona Fire Department. The plane had a full fuel tank of 80 gallons, which spilled and ignited a fire that spread to […]

  • A mountain lion is seen carrying a backpack in Whiting Ranch on Jan. 20, 2020. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

    Toddler Released From Hospital After Confirmed Mountain Lion Attack at O.C. Wilderness Park

    A 3-year-old boy who was injured when a mountain lion attacked him at a wilderness park in Lake Forest has been released from the hospital, authorities said Tuesday. The little boy is doing OK despite sustaining “significant  trauma” — both physical and emotional — after the incident at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, according to California Department of Fish and Wildlife Capt. Patrick Foy. DNA evidence confirmed a cougar was responsible for the attack, Foy announced at a news conference Tuesday. […]

  • A Toyota Prius plowed into a tree in Temescal Valley after Anurag Chandra, right, allegedly intended to strike it in a deadly crash on Jan. 20, 2020. (Credit: Loudlabs, California Highway Patrol)

    Loved Ones ID 3 Teens Killed After Man Allegedly Intentionally Rammed Their Car in Temescal Valley

    A man intentionally rammed a Toyota Prius in Temescal Valley, causing the vehicle to slam into a tree and killing three teenage boys who were inside, the California Highway Patrol said Monday. Three other teen boys who were also in the Prius were hospitalized after authorities responded to the crash on Temescal Canyon Road near Trilogy Parkway — close to the 15 Freeway between Corona and Lake Elsinore — just after 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Officers arrived to find a 2002 […]

  • Santa Ana police released surveillance video of the theft on Jan. 17, 2020.

    $145,000 Stolen From Vehicle of Courier for Pot Dispensaries at Santa Ana Gas Station; Thieves Sought

    Police on Friday released surveillance video amid the search for thieves who stole $145,000 from the vehicle of a courier for a marijuana product distributor at a gas station in Santa Ana. The theft occurred around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Mobil Gas Station at 1351 E. Dyer Road, according to the Santa Ana Police Department. After collecting cash from marijuana dispensaries, the courier parked his work vehicle at the station and walked into the store, a police news release […]

  • One of over 300 rabbits up for adoption in Tustin is seen on Jan. 16, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)

    Over 300 Rabbits Taken From Fullerton Home Are Up for Adoption

    Over 300 rabbits that were taken from a Fullerton home are up for adoption. O.C. Animal Care at 1630 Victory Road in Tustin is offering the rabbits up for adoption for $14, which includes spay, neutering and a microchip. Those who wish to donate to the rabbits’ care can check out the shelter’s Amazon wishlist. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Jan. 16, 2020.

  • Arsonist Sought After Video Shows Man Setting Fire to Lake Forest Apartment Leasing Office

    Surveillance footage released Wednesday shows a man brazenly setting fire to a Lake Forest apartment leasing office in what appears to be a “targeted attack,” the Orange County Fire Authority said. Authorities are asking for the public’s help finding the person who set the blaze in the early morning hours Tuesday along El Toro Road. Video shows a hooded person pouring a liquid outside the building, tossing a lit match on the ground and then running away as the flames […]

  • Firefighters and a hazardous materials crew respond to a federal building in Santa Ana on Jan. 14, 2019, in a photo released by the Orange County Fire Authority.

    Hazmat Crew Investigates Powdery Substance Found at Federal Building in Santa Ana

    A hazardous materials crew responded to a federal building in Santa Ana to investigate a substance people were exposed to Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Officials were called around 2 p.m. after several employees were exposed to an unknown powdery substance inside the federal building at 701 W. Santa Ana Blvd., the Orange County Fire Authority said. Around 4:30 p.m., fire officials said they’d determined the substance wasn’t dangerous, but they were still working to identify what it was. The building, […]

  • Tom Sovilla, left, and Jack Keith, right, are seen in a photo posted to a GoFundMe account.

    Driver Becomes Friends With Cyclist He Hit on PCH in Huntington Beach, Helps With His Recovery

    A cyclist who is still recovering from serious injuries months after being hit by a truck in Huntington Beach is getting a lot of help from an unlikely new friend: the driver who struck him. The crash that altered the lives of Tom Sovilla and Jack Keith happened along the Pacific Coast Highway on May 25, 2019, according to the two men, who shared their unusual story Monday. Jack Keith was headed home after he’d been surfing that spring day […]

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