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
  • Snow falls on a car in Frasier Park on Jan. 17, 2020. (Credit: LLN)

    Winter Storm Brings Rain, Snow to Southern California; SR-2 Closed West of Wrightwood

    Southern Californians woke up to rain and snow Friday morning, but can expect clear and dry conditions to return later in the day. A cold storm system quickly moved over the region overnight, dumping around .10 of inch of rain on most areas. Bel Air and Santa Monica each received about .50 inch of rain as of early Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Snow levels fell to the 3,400-foot mark, prompting California Highway Patrol escorts through the […]

  • Supreme Court Justice John Roberts (center rear) is escorted to the US Senate Chamber by Senators Lindsey Graham (left), Roy Blunt (2nd left) and Patrick Leahy at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan 16, 2020. (Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

    As Trump Impeachment Trial Begins, Senators Are Sworn in as Jurors Under Oath of ‘Impartial Justice’

    The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of “impartial justice” as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John Roberts presiding. The trial, only the third such undertaking in American history, is unfolding at the start of the election year, a time of deep political division in the nation. Four of the senators sitting in judgment on Trump are running for […]

  • Dalelaja Hearn and Erin Lavender appear in photos released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Jan. 15, 2020.

    Shooter Still at Large a Month After Killing 2 Teens Attending Vigil in Carson; $30K Reward Announced

    Authorities announced a $30,000 reward Wednesday for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the shooting of two teenagers in Carson in December. Dalelaja Hearn, 17, and Erin Lavender, 19, had been sitting in a car with three friends outside a home in the 20300 block of Alvo Avenue  just before 9 p.m. on Dec. 15 when the incident happened, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. They were in the area to attend a vigil for […]

  • Rescue teams work amidst debris after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital Tehran early in the morning on Jan. 8, 2020, killing everyone on board. (Credit: AFP via Getty Images)

    Canadian, U.K. Officials Say Evidence Shows Ukrainian Plane Shot Down by Iranian Missile

    It is “highly likely” that Iran shot down the civilian Ukrainian jetliner that crashed near Tehran late Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board, U.S., Canadian and British officials declared Thursday. They said the fiery missile strike could well have been a mistake amid rocket launches and high tension throughout the region. The crash came just a few hours after Iran launched a ballistic attack against Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops in its violent confrontation with Washington over the U.S. drone […]

  • U.S. President Donald Trump speaks from the White House on January 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Trump Addresses Nation, Says Iran Appears to Be ‘Standing Down’ After Strike

    The U.S. and Iran stepped back from the brink of possible war on Wednesday as President Donald Trump signaled he would not retaliate militarily for Iran’s missile strikes on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops. No one was harmed in the strikes, but U.S. forces in the region remained on high alert. Speaking from the White House, Trump seemed intent on deescalating the crisis, which spiraled after he authorized the targeted killing last week of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani. Iran […]

  • McDonald’s Employees in Lodi Call 911 After Woman Mouths ‘Help Me’ in Drive-Thru

    When a woman walked up the the counter of a McDonald’s in Lodi, California, the employees likely expected her to order a Big Mac or large fries. Instead, she begged them to help her. The woman told an employee to call 911, gave them her license plate number and asked them to hide her, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. A police investigation would later reveal that she was traveling with a man who had a history […]

  • U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the Oval Office of the White House on December 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Trump Rails Against Delay in Sending Articles of Impeachment to Senate

    President Donald Trump was heading south to sunny Florida on Friday after his historic impeachment, while plans for his speedy trial back in Washington remained clouded. Senate leaders jockeying for leverage failed to agree on procedures and perhaps new witnesses for the trial. Trump is still expected to be acquitted of both charges in the Senate, where Republicans have the majority, in what will be only the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. Proceedings are expected to begin in […]

  • President Donald Trump speaks at a White House mental health summit on Dec. 19, 2019. (Credit: Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

    Trump Accepts Pelosi’s Invitation to Deliver State of Union on Feb. 4

    President Donald Trump has accepted the invitation from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to deliver the State of the Union address on Feb. 4, 2020. “In the spirit of respecting our Constitution, I invite you to deliver your State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 in the Chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives,” Pelosi wrote in a letter addressed to the President dated Friday. The White House released a statement later Friday confirming […]

  • US President Donald Trump arrives on stage for a Keep America Great Rally at Kellogg Arena December 18, 2019, in Battle Creek, Michigan. (Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

    House of Representatives Makes History With Nearly Party-Line Impeachment of President Donald Trump

    The deeply divided House of Representatives took the historic step to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday, charging a president with high crimes and misdemeanors for just the third time in American history. The House voted almost entirely along party lines for two articles of impeachment to remove the President from office — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — sending the case to the Senate for a trial expected to start next month. The impeachment votes marked the culmination of a sprawling […]

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