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
  • A video emerged on Instagram showing a group of teens giving a Nazi salute at an event last November.

    O.C. School District Reopens Investigating Into Video of Students Giving Nazi Salute as More Images Emerge

    A Southern California school district is reopening an investigation into video showing students giving a Nazi salute, with one official saying unspecified new photos and video have emerged. The Garden Grove school district in Orange County announced the new probe Tuesday night just before a tense school board meeting in a community angry after learning high school officials knew about the salute video months before it became public this week. Pacifica High School Principal Steve Osborne apologized at the meeting […]

  • Fullerton police on Aug. 20, 2019 released surveillance video and a sketch of the suspect in a deadly stabbing at California State University Fullerton.

    Police Release Sketch, Surveillance Video in Fatal Stabbing at Cal State Fullerton

    Authorities on Tuesday released surveillance video and a sketch of a suspect in the deadly stabbing of a retired California State University Fullerton administrator whose body was found inside his car at a campus parking lot the previous morning. Fullerton police identified the victim as 57-year-old Steven Shek Keung Chan of Hacienda Heights, whom they believe was targeted in the attack. The Police Department said they responded to the parking lot near the College Park building around 8:27 a.m. Monday […]

  • Police investigated at homicide at Cal State Fullerton on Aug. 19, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Officials ID Retired Administrator Fatally Stabbed at CSU Fullerton on 1st Day of School Year; Attacker Sought

    A search is underway for the man who stabbed and killed a retired administrator on the Cal State Fullerton campus Monday, the first day of the university’s academic year, authorities said. Officers responded to the 600 block of Nutwood Avenue around 8:30 a.m. to a report of a man down and bleeding from the head, according to Fullerton Police Department Lt. Jon Radus. When they arrived, officers found the victim — identified as 57-year-old Steven Shek Keung Chan of Hacienda […]

  • Jorge Hernandez Saucedo Jr. is seen in a booking photo released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

    Man Allegedly Tries to Sexually Assault 84-Year-Old Woman, Stabs Nurse at O.C. Retirement Community

    A burglary suspect was arrested after allegedly trying to sexually assault an 84-year-old woman and stabbing a nurse with scissors at a retirement community in Aliso Viejo, authorities said Tuesday. The crime, described as “brazen” and “violent,” took place in the 24000 block of Moulton around 4:20 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. A nurse received a report of a resident in destress and responded, along with a security guard. At the residence, the pair encountered a […]

  • Gilroy police responded to a mass shooting at the Garlic Festival on July 28, 2019. (Credit: KPIX)

    Gilroy Festival Shooter Bought AK-47 Style Rifle in Nevada, Brought it to California Illegally

    Officials say a 19-year-old gunman used a rifle he legally bought in Nevada and illegally brought into California to kill two children and a man at a food festival before he was killed by police. But police initially named a weapon that would be legal under California law, only later clarifying that he used a military-style rifle that he purchased in Nevada but could not legally bring into California under the state’s assault weapons ban, which is among the nation’s toughest. It’s […]

  • A makeshift memorial is seen outside the site of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, after a mass shooting took place at the event yesterday, on July 29, 2019 in Gilroy, California. Three victims were killed, two of them children, and at least a dozen were wounded before police officers killed the suspect. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    10-Year-Old Dragged Toddler to Safety as Gunfire Erupted at Gilroy Garlic Festival

    A gunman cut through a fence at a popular California garlic festival and turned to a tent where the Honey Ladies were selling their habanero and garlic honey. He shot and wounded the business owner and her husband, but thanks to a 10-year-old girl, their young son escaped harm, witnesses say. Candice Marquez and another woman had stepped away from the stand they were working Sunday with her boss, Wendy Towner, and Towner’s husband, Francisco. She heard what she thought […]

  • 2 Children, Recent College Grad ID’d as 3 Killed in Mass Shooting at Gilroy Garlic Festival

    Before a 19-year-old gunman opened fire on a famed garlic festival in his California hometown, he urged his Instagram followers to read a 19th century book popular with white supremacists on extremist websites, but his motives for killing two children and another young man were still a mystery Monday. Santino William Legan posted the caption about the book “Might is Right,” which claims race determines behavior. It appeared with a photo of Smokey the Bear in front of a “fire […]

  • Stephen Romero is seen in this image provided via CNN Wire.

    6-Year-Old Boy Killed at Gilroy Garlic Festival Remembered as ‘Happy Kid’

    The shooting death of 6-year-old Stephen Romero at a popular festival in Northern California stunned his family and neighbors. Stephen’s father, Alberto Romero, told CNN affiliate the San Jose Mercury News newspaper that he was at home when his wife called to say she, her mother and their son had been shot at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. “I couldn’t believe what was happening, that what she was saying was a lie, maybe I was dreaming,” he said. The dad […]

  • Gilroy police responding to a shooting at the Garlic Festival on July 28, 2019. (Credit: KPIX via CNN Wire)

    2 Family-Friendly Events Were Marred by Deadly Mass Shootings Over the Weekend

    Over the weekend, thousands of people flocked to a popular music event in Brooklyn and on the other side of the country, thousands more to a food festival in Northern California. But even though the festivals were on opposite coasts, the experience of revelers was eerily similar: The family-friendly events soon turned into nightmares. In New York, one man died and 11 others were injured by gunfire Saturday night, police said. In Gilroy, California, crowds trampled over each other on Sunday trying to escape […]

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