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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
  • Forrest Gordon Clark is shown in a photo released by the U.S. Forest Service on Aug. 8, 2018.

    Man Suspected of Starting Holy Fire in Trabuco Canyon Area Is Charged After Refusing to Leave Jail Cell for Court Appearance

    A man who was arrested on suspicion of starting the destructive Holy Fire in the Trabuco Canyon area of Orange County this week was charged after refusing to leave his jail cell for a court appearance Thursday. Forrest Gordon Clark, 51, was charged Thursday on suspicion of aggravated arson with the intent to cause injury to another or damage property, arson of an inhabited property, arson of forest, making criminal threats and resisting arrest, according to a criminal complaint from […]

  • Sheriff deputies talk to Forrest Gordon Clark, a Holy Jim Canyon resident whose home was the only surviving structure in his 14 cabin area. (Credit: Mindy Schauer / Orange County Register via Getty Images)

    ‘This Is a Monster,’ O.C. Official Says of Man Accused of Starting the Holy Fire in Trabuco Canyon Area

    A man suspected of starting a wildfire that has scorched thousands of acres starting in the Cleveland National Forest has been arrested, authorities announced Wednesday. The suspect, identified as 51-year-old Forrest Gordon Clark, was booked into jail Tuesday on suspicion of arson and other crimes, according to a tweet from the U.S. Forest Service. “This is a monster. Who would go out with low humidity, high wind and the highest heat temperatures this time of the year and intentionally set […]

  • The Holy Fire scorches land in the Cleveland National Forest as it burns near Lake Elsinore on Aug. 7, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Voluntary Evacuation Warning Issued as Nearly 3,400-Acre Holy Fire Continues to Burn in Trabuco Canyon Area

    Firefighters are working amid extreme heat conditions Tuesday to gain control over a raging fire that triggered new voluntary evacuations after scorching thousands of acres in the Cleveland National Forest. Fueled by brush, steep terrain and high temperatures, the fast-moving Holy Fire exploded in size after erupting about 1:20 p.m. Monday in the Trabuco Canyon area. It spread rapidly across the main divide separating Orange and Riverside counties, officials said. Within nine hours, the blaze was reported to have grown […]

  • A small plane crashed at a parking lot in Santa Ana on Aug. 5, 2018. (Credit: OC Hawk)

    29-Year-Old Woman Among 5 Killed in Small Plane Crash in Santa Ana

    Update: Authorities on Monday morning identified all five victims killed in the crash. Read KTLA’s latest story here.  A small plane crashed at a parking lot in Santa Ana on Sunday afternoon, killing all five people aboard — including a 29-year-old woman visiting from the Bay Area. The Cessna 414 declared an emergency and went down at a mall parking lot near John Wayne Airport at 12:28 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said. The twin-engine aircraft crashed near the South Coast […]

  • Discarded needles are seen in downtown Santa Ana in this undated photo. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

    Orange County OKs Filing Lawsuit to Stop Free Needle-Exchange Program From Starting

    Orange County has approved filing a lawsuit to try to stop a free needle-exchange program from starting up within cities in that area. In an emergency meeting on Friday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Chairman Andrew Do’s proposal to seek a legal injunction to stop the state-approved mobile needle giveaway, which was set to begin on Monday, according to a news release. Elected officials from four cities in the county were also in attendance to speak against the proposed […]

  • Police investigated a burglary that ended with a homeowner shooting one of the suspects in Garden Grove on Aug. 3, 2018. (Credit: OC Hawk)

    2nd Suspect Sought After Garden Grove Homeowner Shoots, Injures Suspected Burglar: Police

    An armed homeowner in Garden Grove shot and injured one of two suspected burglars who emerged from his neighbor’s house, then helped police detain the other one on Friday, authorities said. The incident began around 11:30 a.m. when the homeowner returned to his residence in the 13000 block of Rosita Place and discovered two men jumping into the back yard, according to Garden Grove Police Lt. Carl Whitney. David Avila said the homeowner is his cousin, and he was with […]

  • Blaze Bernstein is seen in an image provided during a news conference on Jan. 10, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    O.C. Fatal Stabbing Was ‘Hate Crime Murder’; Blaze Bernstein Killed Because of His Sexuality: DA

    The man accused of fatally stabbing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein allegedly killed the teen because he was gay, Orange County prosecutors said Thursday as they announced a “hate crime murder” sentencing enhancement against the defendant. The enhancement was in an amended criminal complaint against the defendant, 21-year-old Samuel Woodward, who was a former classmate of Bernstein at the Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana. Additional analysis of Woodward’s laptop, cellphone and social media posts revealed images that authorities […]

  • Treasure Hunter Finds Olympian’s Missing Ring on Huntington Beach

    A metal detector’s unlikely find on the shores of Huntington Beach helped an Olympic gold medalist locate his lost, commemorative ring Wednesday. Leon Jones of Buena Park found the Olympic ring early this week during one of his usual outings with his metal detector, during which he scans for unique finds. Jones, who records all of his treasure hunts with his GoPro and goes by the nickname Doctor Rings & Things, discovered that the ring is engraved with the name […]

  • Police investigate a fatal shooting in Gardena on July 31, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Manhunt on for Gunman Who Shot at His Friends in Gardena, Killing Woman and Fellow Gang Member Who Helped Him Flee

    Authorities are searching for a man accused of shooting and killing a fellow gang member who helped him flee from a quadruple shooting in Gardena that left a woman dead and three others hospitalized Tuesday morning. The incident began about 4 a.m. when the shooter, the shooter’s friend, and a woman later identified as the friend’s wife were partying with some other friends at a trailer park in Gardena, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. John Corina. After […]