There are too many great things to do in life, and getting stuck in traffic isn’t one of them — that’s what KTLA’s traffic anchor Ginger Chan believes.

Ginger joined the KTLA family in March of 2008 as the traffic and news reporter from the helicopter, Sky5. She currently helps commuters steer clear of collisions and construction projects every weekday morning from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Before KTLA, Ginger worked at KIIS-FM, reporting both the traffic and covering the news as a fill-in for Ellen K. She spent both her mornings and afternoons soaring over the skies of Southern California flying in a Cessna 172 covering traffic for shows on KLAC-AM, working with Fred Roggin, T.J. Simers, Petros Papadakis and Matt “Money” Smith.

In addition to her traffic duties, she anchored the weekend news for the top-rated talk radio station, KFI-AM. Ginger has also worked as a radio personality, “jockeying” for California stations in Redlands, Bakersfield and San Diego. Her experience includes work as a TV anchor and reporter in Orange County and in Huntsville, Ala., where she chased tornadoes and went on her first helicopter ride with the sheriff’s department.

From the TV to the radio, you can catch Ginger on the radio every weekday morning. She’s now part of the “On-Air with Ryan Seacrest” team on KIIS-FM, the station where she got her start as an intern while in college.

Ginger was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in broadcast journalism and political science. Ginger is married to Sky5 helicopter pilot and reporter Mark Kono. They have a son and a set of twin girls. She says one of the first words her son could say was “helicopter.”

Follow her on Twitter: @ktlagingerchan


Recent Articles
  • A vehicle appears on its side, blocking lanes on the southbound 110 Freeway, on Oct. 14, 2019. (Credit: Sky5)

    Overturned Catering Truck Causes Early Morning Congestion on SB 110 Freeway in Harbor Gateway: CHP

    Motorists heading south on the 110 Freeway in Harbor Gateway faced significant congestion early Monday after a vehicle, believed to be a catering truck, overturned. Officials issued a SigAlert for all southbound lanes except the express lanes. All lanes were reopened by 9:40 a.m. Sky5 video showed officers responding to the scene at around 6:20 a.m. where a large vehicle was on its side, blocking lanes. The vehicle appeared to be a catering truck, according to CHP. It’s unclear what […]

  • A crash sent a big rig slamming into the center divider on the westbound 210 Freeway near Sierra Madre Villa Avenue on Nov. 22, 2018.

    Big Rig Crash Snarls Thanksgiving Day Traffic on the 210 Freeway in Pasadena

    A crash involving a big rig forced the closure of all but one lane of the westbound 210 Freeway in Pasadena on Thursday morning. No injuries were reported in the 1:55 a.m. crash on the freeway near Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, according to California Highway Patrol logs. But a big rig ended up jackknifed across traffic lanes and smashed through a concrete barrier, officials said. Only the right-hand lane was open to traffic as authorities worked to clear the wreckage. […]

  • A map indicates the portion of the 10 Freeway where a multi-vehicle collision occurred on Sept. 3, 2018. (Credit: Google Maps)

    10 Freeway Reopens in West Covina Area After Fiery Crash Prompts Shutdown

    Authorities reopened the 10 Freeway in the West Covina area after a fiery crash prompted a complete closure of the eastbound side of the highway Monday morning. An incident involving at least three vehicles was first reported around 6:30 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol records. A Chevrolet Cruze and another vehicle caught fire near the center divider, with fuel spilling on the road, the agency said. Crews managed to extinguish the flames by 6:34 a.m., and at least one […]

  • Dog Attacked With Acid Recovering at Palmdale Animal Hospital

    A chemically burned dog was recovering at a Palmdale animal hospital Friday after someone likely poured acid on his back, according to a rescue worker. Max, a two-year-old cane corso, was initially taken to a shelter in San Bernardino on Aug. 23 after being found with acid burns along his back and down his sides, said Cheryl Holbrook with Doggy Smiles Rescue in Lancaster. After being notified about Max, the rescue brought him in last week and then took him to Pets R Us […]

  • Brazilian Lab Detects Zika Virus in Saliva, Urine

    Active Zika virus has been detected in saliva and urine, a Brazilian public health institute said Friday, posing new questions for researchers trying to understand how the virus could spread. “It was known that the virus could be present in both urine and saliva. This is the first time we’ve demonstrated that the virus is active [in those fluids], with the potential to cause infection,” Fiocruz researcher Myrna Bonaldo said. The discovery opens “new paradigms for understanding the transmission routes […]

  • Lanes Reopen on Southbound 5 Freeway After Fire Causes Damage to Roadway

    All lanes reopened on the southbound 5 Freeway in the Commerce area on Wednesday after being closed for about 36 hours by a fire that caused damage to the roadway, according to Caltrans. All north and southbound lanes were closed around midnight Monday when a homeless encampment caught fire near Slauson Avenue, Caltrans tweeted. SB 5 reduced to 1 lane between Slauson + Paramount due to homeless encampment fire. 5-mile backup, 75-min. delay. pic.twitter.com/il7ISKDgEV — Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) July 7, 2015 […]

  • Overturned Big Rig Closes Southbound 5 Freeway in East L.A.

    An overturned big rig closed the the entire 5 Freeway near the 710 Freeway in East L.A. early Wednesday morning, according to California Highway Patrol . The northbound side was eventually reopened. This video aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. 5:34 AM SIGALERT UPDATE: SB I-5 FROM THE EAST LA INTERCHANGE TO I-710 IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO A BIG RIG COLLISION — CHP Southern Div. (@CHPsouthern) March 25, 2015  

  • Video Proves to Doubters That NFL Player, Texas Student Are Friends

    A video of NFL player J.J. Watt playing football with a Texas high school student with special needs had been seen by thousands of people by Wednesday. Before Watt posted a video of the two throwing a football on his Instagram, student Trey Brandt said many people did not believe the two were friends. Brandt was a junior at Katy High School, the trainer on the school’s football team and had made friends with Watt asking for his autograph two years earlier. […]

  • L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Run Marks Lunar New Year – Ginger Chan Reports

    The 36th Annual Run/Walk in Chinatown Plaza got underway Sunday. Ginger Chan reports from Chinatown in Los Angeles for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Feb. 23, 2014.

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