Mark Kono

Mark Kono is the pilot/reporter in Sky5 on the KTLA Morning News.

Mark is a home-grown Angeleno, born and raised in Hollywood. A professional helicopter pilot for over 25 years, his operational background includes electronic news gathering (ENG), executive charter, aerial photography, production, offshore and lifesaving medical flights.

His experience has taken him to various parts of the country, where he’s flown for several major media outlets including KSAZ-TV in Phoenix and KGO-TV in San Francisco, as well as KCBS-TV, KNBC-TV, KABC-TV and KTTV-TV in Los Angeles.

Honored with several Emmy awards for his work on the KTLA Morning News, he balances an active lifestyle with his wife, KTLA’s traffic anchor Ginger Chan.

They have a son and twin daughters who are, of course, big fans of the KTLA 5 Morning News.

His work has been recently featured in various publications, including Heliweb Magazine, the Hot Rod Network and Roadkill.

He is on Twitter at @MarkKonoSky5 and on Instagram at @MarkKonoSky5.


Recent Articles
  • Firefighters respond to a blaze at a home in the Hollywood Hills on Oct. 4, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Firefighters Knock Down Blaze at Hollywood Hills Home 

    Firefighters knocked down a large blaze at a Hollywood Hills home Friday. The fire was reported about 10:30 a.m. in the 3100 block of Hollyridge Drive. Responding firefighters reported heavy smoke coming from the home and were eventually battling the blaze from the roof. The 2,000-square foot, 3-story home is on a descending hillside, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. “Narrow streets and steep grades presented challenges with getting apparatus and equipment to the address,” fire officials said in […]

  • Police investigated the death of a person whose body was found in a bloody water tank in Fontana on Sept. 11, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suicide Suspected After Body Found in Water Tank of Fontana Backyard

    A person whose body was found inside a water storage tank in the backyard of a Fontana home on Wednesday morning appears to have committed suicide, authorities said. A suspicious death investigation was launched about 8 a.m.  after a trail of blood led a homeowner to a body in the water tank of his backyard in the 9100 block of Olive Street, according to the Fontana Police Department. The homeowner told police he went outside in his backyard and located […]

  • A fatal crash shut down a stretch of PCH in Pacific Palisades on Sept. 10, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Violent Crash Shuts Down Stretch of PCH in Pacific Palisades for Hours, Snarling Traffic

    All lanes of the Pacific Coast Highway were reopened early Tuesday afternoon, hours after a multivehicle crash shut down the highway in Pacific Palisades, according to Caltrans. The collision was reported about 8 a.m. on PCH between Chautauqua Boulevard and Temescal Canyon Road, according to the California Highway Patrol’s incident log. The area is right by Will Rogers State Beach. At least four vehicles appeared to be involved in the violent wreck, including a box truck, Sky5 video showed. All […]

  • Firefighters were battling a small brush fire that erupted in Malibu near PCH on Aug. 30, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Brush Fire Burns 40 Acres in Malibu Near Pacific Coast Highway; Forward Progress Stopped

    Firefighters are mopping up after a small brush fire that burned dozens of acres in Malibu near the Pacific Coast Highway on Friday. The blaze erupted around 11:25 a.m. along Sweetwater Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Forward progress has been stopped on fire, which has scorched 40 acres and was 60% contained as of 2 p.m., the department tweeted. Fire crews are expected to remain on scene into the evening. #SweetwaterFire Firefighters continue the difficult […]

  • Authorities hold a suspect at gunpoint after a pursuit through the Santa Clarita Valley on Aug. 30, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Driver of Yellow Taxi Cab Surrenders After Chase Ends in Antelope Valley

    A driver in a possibly stolen taxi cab was taken into custody in the Palmdale area after a pursuit on Friday morning, Sky5 video showed. The incident began at an AutoZone when someone saw the pursuit suspect going through vehicles in the area, and then take off in the taxi, according to Shirley Miller of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. Deputies treated the incident as a stolen vehicle and initiated the chase, Miller said. The California Highway Patrol took […]

  • 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 […]

  • Police investigate a shooting in Santa Monica on Aug. 16, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Arrested After Robbery Prompts Security Guard to Open Fire at Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade

    A knife-wielding man suspected of attacking a security guard and robbing an armored truck in downtown Santa Monica, leading to shots being fired near the Third Street Promenade, was arrested early Friday afternoon, police said. The man approached a Brinks Armored security guard in the area of Third Street and Arizona Avenue around 11:15 a.m., according to the Santa Monica Police Department. He then tried to stab the guard, who responded by shooting at him three times, police said in […]

  • On the left, a big rig and a pickup truck are seen in the middle of the northbound 5 Freeway in Castaic following a deadly crash on Aug. 14, 2019. On the right, flames engulf a semitruck on the southbound 5 Freeway in Santa Clarita. (Credit: Sky5)

    2 Fiery Big Rig Incidents, 1 of Them Fatal, Cause Wednesday Morning Backup on 5 Freeway in Santa Clarita

    Two fiery big rig incidents, one of them fatal, caused some backup on the 5 Freeway in the Santa Clarita and Castaic areas early Wednesday. The first crash, between a pickup truck and a semitrailer, happened in the middle of the northbound side of the freeway around 5:30 a.m. just north of Hasley Canyon Road in Castaic, according to Caltrans and California Highway Patrol’s incident log. Both of the vehicles caught fire, and one fatality was reported, Caltrans said. The […]

  • A white pickup truck involved in a shootout on an overpass on the 215 Freeway remained at the scene as law enforcement officers continue their investigation on Aug. 13, 2019. (Credit: Sky5)

    215 Overpass in Riverside Blocked as Investigators Remain on Scene of Shootout That Killed CHP Officer

    The scene remained active Tuesday on the 215 Freeway in Riverside, where what started as a traffic stop the previous evening erupted into a massive shootout that left a California Highway Patrol officer and the suspected gunman dead and two other CHP officers injured. The incident happened around 5:30 pm. Monday on an overpass at Eucalyptus Avenue. Officer Andre Moye stopped the driver of a GMC pickup truck and determined the vehicle needed to be impounded, according to CHP Inland […]

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