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
  • The scene of a fatal collision on the 10 Freeway in La Brea on May 2, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Killed, 2 Injured in Crash on Westbound 10 Freeway in Mid-City

    Two people were killed and two others were injured in a crash on the 10 Freeway near the Mid-City neighborhood of Central Los Angeles early Thursday morning, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The crash was reported at around 4:20 a.m. just east of Hauser Boulevard and involved a pickup truck that collided with a white Nissan Altima that was stalled in the middle lane of the freeway, California Highway Patrol said. A man and woman who were passengers in […]

  • A heavily damaged car sits on the northbound 405 Freeway in Costa Mesa after a crash on March 27, 2019. (Credit: Sky5)

    Woman Who Stopped Car After Minor Crash on 405 Fwy in Costa Mesa Is Fatally Hit by Another Vehicle

    A 42-year-old woman who stopped her car on the 405 Freeway in Costa Mesa after a minor collision was killed when another car slammed into her, authorities said. At approximately 4:45 a.m., Aldagracia Cruz-Penaloza of Tustin was involved in a non-injury crash on the northbound 405 near Fairview Road, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. She stopped her 2017 Toyota in the No. 1 lane, and the other vehicle involved in the collision pulled over to the right […]

  • Crews respond to a home in Monterey Park after a trash truck that was on fire crashed into the front yard on March 18, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Trash Truck Catches Fire, Crashes Into Front Yard of Monterey Park Home

    A trash truck caught fire before rolling down a hill and crashing into the front yard of a home in Monterey Park Monday morning. The incident was reported about 10:40 a.m. near the intersection of South Abajo Drive and West Verde Vista Drive, according to the Monterey Park Fire Department. The truck was engulfed in flames and stopped on the road, before it rolled down a hill, hit a car parked on the street and crashed into the front yard […]

  • Blackhawk and Apache helicopters fly past the Hollywood Sign on Feb. 26, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Blackhawk and Apache Helicopters Fly Over L.A., Refuel at John Wayne Airport During Training Exercise

    Twenty-two Blackhawk and Apache helicopters flew through Los Angeles and stopped to refuel at John Wayne Airport in Orange County as as part of a training exercise Tuesday, according to the airport. The cavalry unit from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade were flying to San Diego from Fort Irwin, where they had spent the past month training for desert warfare. The 2-6 Cavalry Squadron Task Force Saber was headed to San Diego for further preparation and deployment. During their flyby, […]

  • California Highway Patrol's West Valley division tweeted this image of a big rig that had overturned on State Route 118 in Granada Hills on Feb. 11, 2019.

    EB 118 in Granada Hills Reopens Hours After Overturned Big Rig Prompts Shutdown

    California Highway Patrol has reopened all lanes of the eastbound State Route 118 in Granada Hills hours after a big rig overturned during a multivehicle collision early Monday. The three-vehicle crash happened just after 5:40 a.m. east of Hayvenhurst Street. The California Highway Patrol said two parties, including one with major injuries, were hospitalized. The CHP announced the freeway’s closure near Woodley Avenue at around 6 a.m. CHP initially said the lanes were going to be blocked for an hour, […]

  • A multivehicle crash is seen on the 605 Freeway in Baldwin Park on Feb. 6, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    1 Dead in Multivehicle Crash That Shut Down 605 Freeway in Baldwin Park

    A multivehicle crash that shut down the 605 Freeway in the Baldwin Park area on Monday morning killed one person, officials said. The motorist was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to California Highway Patrol. The collision involved at least three vehicles and caused a miles-long backup on all lanes just south of the 10 Freeway. CHP announced a SigAlert around 5:30 a.m. The northbound lanes reopened just before 6 a.m., Sky5 footage shows. The SigAlert for the southbound 605 Freeway […]

  • A person is rescued from the Los Angeles River on Nov. 29, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Video Captures Dramatic Rescue of Man Clinging to Tree in Rain-Swollen L.A. River Near Griffith Park

    A man desperately clinging to a tree in a stretch of the rain-swollen Los Angeles River near Griffith Park was hoisted to safety Thursday morning, and the dramatic rescue was captured on video. Preliminary information indicated that around 10:10 a.m., a man was spotted in the river hanging on to the tree, according to a Los Angeles Fire Department alert. The area is in Atwater Village, about a quarter-mile south of Colorado Boulevard. “When firefighters got in scene they did […]

  • Two people died after a head-on crash in Northwest Antelope Valley on Oct. 29, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Drivers Killed in Violent Head-on Crash in Antelope Valley

    Two motorists are dead after a head-on collision involving a pickup truck and a sedan on Monday morning in an unincorporated part of the Antelope Valley, authorities said. The crash took place around 6 a.m. on State Route 138 at 150th Street West in Northwest Antelope Valley, near Lancaster, according to the California Highway Patrol’s incident log. Both drivers — the lone occupants of each vehicle — died in the collision, the log stated. Neither was immediately identified. Sky5 aerial […]

  • Firefighters respond to a church blaze in University Park on Oct. 4, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Firefighters Battle Fire at Abandoned Church in University Park

    Los Angeles firefighters battled a blaze at a church in University Park on Thursday morning. The blaze was reported about 6:25 a.m. at 720 West Washington Boulevard in the South Los Angeles neighborhood. Firefighters remained on scene three hours later and were expected to stay battling “stubborn and largely smoldering fire,” Los Angeles Fire Department officials said in an updated alert. The two-story, 19,811 square-foot church was described as being abandoned. The church was built in 1924 and was a […]

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