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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 rescue a man from a construction site on Jan. 2, 2019 in Wet Hollywood. (Credit: Sky5)

    Firefighters Rescue Man Who Fell 50 Feet Into Construction Hole in East Hollywood

    Firefighters rescued a man who fell about 50 feet into a hole at a construction site in East Hollywood Thursday morning, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The crew responded to the 1400 block of Hobart Boulevard at about 8:37 a.m. and secured the man with a two-line rope system while a rescue task force assessed how to safely pull him out, LAFD said in an alert. Aerial video from Sky5 shows firefighters hoisting the man out of the hole […]

  • Photos released by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department show the aftermath of a crash between a Metrolink train and an RV in Santa Fe Springs on Nov. 22, 2019.

    Metrolink Train Crashes Into RV in Santa Fe Springs, Igniting Fire; Major Service Delays Amid Track Closure

    Metrolink service experienced extensive delays Friday morning after a fiery crash between a Los Angeles-bound train and an RV in Santa Fe Springs prompted officials to shut down the tracks between Buena Park and Norwalk. Authorities received a report of a crash near the intersection of Rosecrans and Marquardt avenues around 5:37 a.m., Whittier police Officer Hugo Figueroa said. Police arrived to find a Metrolink train that had struck a stalled RV on the tracks, igniting a fire that consumed […]

  • A driver is taken into custody in West Covina following a pursuit on Nov. 19, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Surrenders to Police in West Covina After Pursuit on 10 Freeway

    A woman was taken into custody following a pursuit that ended in the West Covina area on Tuesday afternoon. The chase began around 12:20 p.m. when the silver sedan clipped a CHP unit on the 10 Freeway near La Brea Avenue in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Nicholson. It continued along the eastbound 10, passing through downtown L.A. and heading into the San Gabriel Valley. By 12:55 p.m., the pursuit had entered […]

  • An aircraft drops water on the Jake Fire in the Santa Clarita area on Nov. 6, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Jake Fire: Forward Progress Halted After Blaze Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuations in Santa Clarita

    Firefighters are mopping up after a small brush fire in the Santa Clarita area that threatened homes and prompted evacuations at two schools on Wednesday afternoon. The Jake Fire erupted just before 1 p.m. in the in the 21500 block of Deputy Jake Drive, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Within 40 minutes, the blaze had grown to about 7 acres and was 0% contained. But firefighters were able to make quick work of the fire, with ground crews […]

  • Traffic on the 101 Freeway is seen on Oct. 29, 2019. (Credit: Sky5)

    10 Hours After Closure Causes Massive Backup, 101 Fwy Reopens When Man on Overpass Surrenders

    A man who threatened to jump from an overpass in Hollywood, prompting the full closure of the 101 Freeway that jammed traffic in the area for hours, has been safely taken into custody, officials said Tuesday morning. The incident began about 11:45 p.m. Monday when a man standing on a narrow ledge on an overpass forced authorities to shut down both sides of the 101 near Hollywood Boulevard. The man held on to the fence for hours, facing officers who […]

  • 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 […]

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