Mark Mester

Mark Mester is a general assignment reporter for KTLA 5 News. He joined the team in May 2014.

If you ever want to have a long conversation with Mark, just ask him where he’s from.

He was born in Budapest, Hungary, and immigrated to America in 1986. He’s called Pennsylvania, New York City, Connecticut, Florida and beautiful California home.

He loves hearing and reporting great stories, and let’s just say he likes talking, too.

Mark has held jobs both behind and in front of the camera but credits his growth in this business to the time he spent in Santa Barbara, California, working with the talented veterans at KEYT-TV.

When Mark isn’t reporting, you’ll find him in the water surfing, on the tennis court or devouring a delicious bowl of gelato.

Feel free to email or tweet with stories, or if you just want to say “hi.”

Recent Articles
  • National Transportation Safety Board member Jennifer Homendy, at right, walks with other NTSB officials past a makeshift memorial for victims of the Conception boat fire in Santa Barbara on Sept. 4, 2019. (Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images)

    NTSB: Conception Dive Boat Did Not Have Crewmember on Overnight Watch as Required

    A California scuba dive boat was operating in violation of Coast Guard regulations when crew members were sleeping and a pre-dawn fire killed 34 people, leaving grieving families wondering if a required night watchman could have saved their loved ones. Thursday brought a disclosure from the National Transportation Safety Board that all six crew members were asleep aboard the Conception on Sept. 2 when the deadly blaze broke out. The NTSB’s findings could aid federal authorities conducting a criminal investigation […]

  • A 9/11 remembrance ceremony was held in Elysian Park on Sept. 11, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAFD Remembrance Ceremony Held to Honor 9/11 Heroes, Victims

    Los Angeles city leaders gathered at the L.A. Fire Department training center in Elysian Park to remember the heroes and victims of 9/11 on the 18th anniversary of the terror attacks. Mark Mester reports from Elysian Park for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Sept. 11, 2019.

  • Fighting the Wildomar fire continues from air and ground near the affluent and exclusive community of La Cresta. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

    Evacuations Lifted as Containment on 850-Acre Wildomar Fire Increases to 50%

    Firefighters on Friday evening were gaining the upper hand on a brush fire burning in southwest Riverside County that prompted hundreds of evacuations in the La Cresta community of the Santa Ana Mountains. The Wildomar Fire grew from 350 acres Thursday to 700 acres Friday morning, the Cleveland National Forest stated in a tweet just after 8 a.m. The blaze grew to 850 acres by Friday night, but containment increased substantially to 50 percent, according to the Orange County Fire […]

  • Left: Marybeth Guiney is seen in a photo posted on her Facebook page; Center: Raymond Scott Chan appears in a photo released by the Fremont School District; Right: Alexandra Kurtz is seen in a photo on a GoFundMe page.

    Authorities Release Names of 22 Killed in Dive Boat Fire; Victims Likely Died From Smoke Inhalation

    Authorities on Friday released the names of some of the 34 victims killed in a Labor Day dive boat fire near Santa Cruz Island, revealing they all likely died from smoke inhalation. After nine names were released by Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown at a morning news conference, officials later said 23 or the 33 victims recovered have been positively identified, and all but one of their families had been notified. The 22 victims were identified as: Carol Diana […]

  • Arlee Atkins is seen in an image provided by a family member.

    Shooting Leaves Man, Woman Dead in Westmont; Gunman Sought

    Authorities are searching for whoever fatally shot two people in the unincorporated Westmont area near South Los Angeles Thursday night. The shooting was reported about 9 p.m. in the 1600 block of West 105th Street, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Robert Westphal said. Arriving deputies found two shooting victims at the location. A man who suffered gunshot wounds to his upper body died at the scene, Westphal said. The man was later identified as Arlee Atkins by his stepmother […]

  • On the left: Alfredo Carrera and his girlfriend are seen in an undated photo provided by family. On the right, José Flores Velazquez is seen in an image posted on

    2 Childhood Friends Killed in South L.A.-Area Shooting ID’d as UC Irvine PhD Student, Father-to-Be

    Investigators on Thursday are working to determine what prompted a drive-by shooting  that killed two lifelong friends and injured another man on a South Los Angeles-area street as they released the names of the victims. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department identified the victims as Jose Flores Velazquez and Alfredo Carrero, both 24 years old. Flores Velazquez’s father told KTLA his son was actually 23. The two young men became friends as children and grew up together on the same Florence-Firestone […]

  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at the launch announcement of ShakeAlertLA, the nation’s first publicly available earthquake early warning mobile app, in January.(Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

    New Version of Earthquake Early Warning App Released, Will Alert Users of Weaker Shaking

    An updated version of Los Angeles’ earthquake early warning app will soon alert users to weaker shaking, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey officials announced Wednesday. Previously, ShakeAlertLA alerted users to temblors of magnitude 5.0 or greater. That threshold notification will be reduced to a magnitude of 4.5. “Every day we are communicating the importance of preparedness, so that every Angeleno has the tools and resources they need to build a better life — and […]

  • US President Donald Trump speaks to the media aboard Air Force One while flying between El Paso, Texas and Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, August 7, 2019. (Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

    Aiming for Role of Healer, Trump’s Visits to Dayton and El Paso Turn Political

    Aiming to play the traditional role of healer during national tragedy, President Donald Trump paid visits to cities reeling from mass shootings that left 31 dead and dozens more wounded. But his divisive words preceded him, large protests greeted him and biting political attacks soon followed. The Republican president and first lady Melania Trump flew to El Paso late Wednesday after visiting the Dayton, Ohio, hospital where many of the victims of Sunday’s attack in that city were treated. For most of […]

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    Vans U.S. Open of Surfing Set to Start in Huntington Beach

    The nine-day Vans U.S. Open of Surfing is set to begin this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Mark Mester reports from Huntington Beach for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on July 26, 2019. More information about the event can be found here. 

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