Mark Kono
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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
  • A man shot himself after a pursuit ended in Ontario on Sept. 13, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Sought in Riverside County Homicide Shoots Himself After Pursuit Ends in Ontario: Officials

    A man wanted in connection with a homicide in Riverside County shot and injured himself after a pursuit ended in Ontario on Thursday morning, officials said. La Quinta police responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon at a home in the 54700 block of¬†Avenida Vallejo just before 8 a.m., according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The officers discovered a man’s body, as well as a woman with a gunshot wound that was not life threatening, […]

  • A flare-up from the Holy Fire was burning close to Santiago Peak on Aug. 27, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Holy Fire Flares up Near Santiago Peak, Burning Dozens of Acres After Jumping Containment Lines

    A flare-up from this month’s devastating Holy Fire has burned dozens of acres in the Santa Ana mountains and appeared to threaten a communications tower at Santiago Peak after jumping containment lines Monday morning. The Cleveland National Forest reported the new activity shortly after 10 a.m., tweeting a photo of flames and smoke near Santiago Peak. By 11 a.m., the flare-up had jumped outside of containment lines and had grown to at least 40 acres, officials said. Though it grew […]

  • Authorities respond to a homicide in Arcadia on Aug. 1, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Fatally Shoots Estranged Wife Before Killing Himself in Arcadia: Authorities

    In a shooting being investigated as a murder-suicide, a man killed a woman believed to be his wife before turning the weapon on himself in Arcadia on Wednesday morning, authorities said. Arcadia police responded to a report of a person down in the 800 block of Sunset Boulevard around 8:15 a.m., according to sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered two people down with gunshot wounds, a man and a woman, Alfred said. The woman […]

  • A warden fires a tranquilizer dart at a bear in Granada Hills on July 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Bear Captured After Roaming Through Granada Hills Residential Neighborhood, Taking Dip in Pool

    Hours after initially being spotted in a residential part of Granada Hills, a bear roaming through the neighborhood was finally tranquilized and captured on Tuesday afternoon. LAPD units responded to the area about 10:30 a.m. after receiving a radio call of a bear in front of a home, according to Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Steve Lurie. About five units were dispatched to follow the bear, he said.¬† Meanwhile, police contacted the California Department of Fish and Wildlife about the […]

  • Police and firefighters respond to a Metro Red Line Station in downtown L.A. after a person was hit by a train on May 22, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Person in ‘Grave Condition’ After Being Hit by Metro Train in Downtown L.A.

    A person was reported to be in “grave condition” after apparently being hit by a subway train in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday morning, officials said. The incident was reported about 8:15 a.m. at 899 W. Seventh St., the 7th Street/Metro Center Station, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The person was described only as male and firefighters were working to extricate him from the train station. Aerial video from Sky5 showed several fire trucks and Los Angeles Police Department […]

  • Officers responded to a call of a possibly armed man at Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana on May 15, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    O.C. Global Medical Center Lockdown Lifted After Call Regarding Man With Gun Prompts Police Response

    Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana was placed on lockdown for more than two hours as officials investigated a call regarding a man armed with a gun in the hospital, police said. The lockdown was subsequently lifted just after 11 a.m. after the hospital was rendered safe following an intense search, according to Santa Ana Police Department Chief David Valentin. Officers initially responded to the building, located in the 1000 block of North Tustin Avenue, about 8:15 a.m. […]

  • Officers respond to a crash on the 91 Freeway in the Buena Park area on April 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    1 Killed in 91 Freeway Crash in Buena Park Area: CHP

    One person died after a crash on the 91 Freeway in the Buena Park area early Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol. The collision happened on the Eastbound 91 Freeway near Beach Boulevard. No other injuries were reported, CHP spokesperson Monica Posada said. An incident involving a big rig also occurred on the southbound 5 Freeway near Beach Boulevard. Authorities provided no further information. Check back for updates on this developing story.

  • Officers apprehend a driver after a pursuit in West Hills on April 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAPD Officers Tackle Pursuit Suspect in West Hills

    LAPD officers tackled a pursuit suspect in West Hills after he got out of the car with several items, aerial video from Sky5 showed. It is unclear where or why the pursuit began, but aerial video showed the driver getting out of a cul-de-sac in a West Hills neighborhood and was seen discarding an item from his car. The driver then got out of the car holding a backpack and a skateboard. As the driver put the skateboard on the […]

  • A pair of whales were swimming in the San Gabriel River near the Marina Drive Bridge, off the coast of Seal Beach on March 26, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Whales Spotted Swimming in San Gabriel River Wow Onlookers at Seal Beach Coast

    A pair of whales drew a crowd of onlookers as the giant marine mammals swam in shallow river waters near the shore of Seal Beach on Monday. The two whales, each roughly 22 feet long, were spotted in the San Gabriel River near the Marina Drive bridge, Seal Beach lifeguards told KTLA just after 10 a.m. They were first seen in the river on Sunday, lifeguards said. Wildlife officials told KTLA the whales did not appear to be stuck, but […]