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
  • 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 […]

  • Authorities surround a yellow dump truck in Alhambra after a pursuit on Aug. 12, 2019. (Credit: Sky5)

    Dump Truck Pursuit Ends in Crash in Alhambra

    A dump truck driver led authorities on a pursuit in northeast Los Angeles before the chase ended in a crash at an intersection in Alhambra. Aerial video showed officers following a yellow truck on the southbound 5 Freeway in Elysian Park around 5:30 a.m. before continuing north on the 110 Freeway in Pasadena. Sky5 began following the pursuit on the 5 Freeway before foggy conditions blocked a clear view of the chase. By 5:48 a.m., the dump truck had apparently […]

  • A man was shot and killed on an Orange Line bus in Van Nuys on July 25, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Fatal Shooting on Metro Bus in Van Nuys Linked to 3 Killings in San Fernando Valley: LAPD

    A man suspected of killing three people, including two family members, is also tied to a fatal shooting on a Metro bus in Van Nuys that occurred during an intense manhunt on Thursday, police said. The shooting took place on an Orange Line bus at the Woodley Station, located in the area of Woodley Avenue and Victory Boulevard, just after 12:50 p.m., according to authorities. Passengers were exiting a bus when they heard gunshots, said Rick Jager, a spokesman for […]

  • One person was killed and more than a dozen others hurt in an explosion that destroyed a home in Murrieta on July 15, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    SoCalGas Worker Dead, 15 People Hurt After Explosion Destroys Murrieta Home

    A Southern California Gas Co. worker was killed and 15 people were injured after a contractor who hadn’t called to check for gas lines began digging outside a Murrieta home, rupturing a line, which led to a gas explosion that destroyed the home Monday. Firefighters were dispatched to a reported gas line rupture in the 23500 block of Wooden Horse Trail shortly before 11 a.m. according to Murrieta Fire and Rescue Deputy Fire Chief David Lantzer. They discovered a gas […]

  • A mama bear and cub explore a pool at a Castaic home on July 5, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mama Bear, Cub Spotted Roaming Near Homes in Castaic Area

    Two bears — a mother and her cub — were spotted rummaging through trash and roaming through backyards in a residential area of Castaic, prompting a response from law enforcement on Friday afternoon. Deputies received a call regarding a bear sighting around 11:20 a.m. near Sierra Oak Trail, according to Lt. Lasco of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Around noon, the two bears could be seen walking outside a home, down the driveway and onto the street of the […]

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