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
  • A memorial is seen at Central Park near Saugus High School in Santa Clarita on Nov. 15, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘The Big Question Is Why:’ Motive for Deadly Saugus High School Shooting Remains Unclear

    What prompted a Saugus High School student to bring a gun to school on his 16th birthday and shoot five classmates – fatally wounding two of them — before turning the gun on himself Thursday remains a mystery to investigators. “The big question is why,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during a television interview early Friday morning. The shooter, Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow, died in the hospital on Friday just after 3:30 p.m., after being treated for a self-inflicted […]

  • A yard sale at Chris Brown's Tarzana home drew a crowd on Nov. 6, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Chris Brown Draws Crowd for Yard Sale at His Tarzana Home

    Chris Brown held a high-end yard sale Wednesday at his San Fernando Valley home, with hundreds of fans, gawkers and bargain-seekers waiting for hours to try to get a piece of the singer’s stuff. Brown posted a flyer on his Instagram and Twitter accounts Tuesday night that included the address of his suburban mansion in Tarzana. “Featuring significantly marked-down high-end items,” the flyer said. Brown captioned the posts “DA CRIB … 2 day event” and included a heart emoji. Brown, […]

  • A family watches an air tanker dropping fire retardant battling the Maria Fire in Santa Paul on Nov. 1, 2019. (Credit: Apu Gomes / AFP / Getty Images)

    10,700-Acre Maria Fire Destroys 3 Structures, Threatens Homes in Santa Paula and Somis

    A brush fire that broke out Thursday evening on South Mountain has consumed almost 17 square miles, destroying three structures and threatening homes in Santa Paula and Somis, Ventura County officials said Friday. It was 0% contained. About 2,700 structures are being threatened and thousands of residents were still under evacuation orders, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. But some evacuation orders were lifted Friday night, according to fire officials. The streets residents were cleared to return to included […]

  • President Ronald Reagan's Air Force One sits on display at the Regan Library as the Easy Fire burns in Simi Valley on Oct. 30, 2019. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

    Easy Fire: Crews Protect Reagan Presidential Library as Flames Surround It

    Firefighters worked to save the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley from the Easy Fire, which burned precariously close to the museum and final resting place of the former president on Wednesday. By 9 a.m., flames from the 1,300-acre blaze were surrounding the property, according to John Heubusch, the library’s executive director. “It’s a pretty tough situation here, there’s never been fires this close to the library,” he told KTLA. “It’s a place of national treasure, and the flames […]

  • A Cal Fire firefighter mops up a hot spot on a hillside along Highway 18 in San Bernardino on Oct. 24, 2019. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

    Old Water Fire: Evacuations Lifted as Crews Respond to Flareup Near Residential Area in San Bernardino

    Crews responded to a flareup in a residential area in San Bernardino on Thursday afternoon after they appeared to gain an upper hand on a wind-driven, 105-acre blaze that broke out early in the morning. The blaze, dubbed the Old Water Fire, began just after 2 a.m. near Old Waterman Canyon Road and Highway 18, San Bernardino National Forest spokesperson Zach Behrens said. It was 30 percent contained Thursday evening. The fire triggered mandatory evacuations for about 80 homes in […]

  • Smoke rises over the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, as seen from the Turkish border town on October 18, 2019 in Ceylanpinar, Turkey. (Credit: Burak Kara/Getty Images)

    Syria Cease-Fire Off to Rocky Start Amid Reports of Continued Fighting

    The cease-fire in northern Syria got off to a rocky start Friday, as Kurdish leaders accused Turkey of violating the accord with continued fighting at a key border town while casting doubt on provisions in the U.S.-brokered deal with Ankara. Turkey’s president warned that Turkish forces would go back on the attack in four days unless Kurdish-led fighters withdraw “without exception” from a zone 20 miles deep in Syria running the entire 260-mile length of the border. “Without exception, if the promise […]

  • In this handout image provided by the Turkish presidency, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkey on Oct. 17, 2019. (Credit: Murat Kula/Turkish Presidency via Getty Images)

    Pence Says U.S. and Turkey Have Agreed to 5-Day Cease-Fire in Syria

    The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in the Turks’ deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey’s position and aims in the weeklong conflict. The deal includes a conditional halt to American economic sanctions. After negotiations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence hailed the five-day cease-fire as the way to end the bloodshed caused by Turkey’s invasion. He […]

  • Authorities investigate the scene of a deadly police shooting in Van Nuys on Oct. 16, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suspect Wanted in Robbery, Homicide Fatally Shot by Police in Van Nuys: LAPD

    A suspect wanted on suspicion of a robbery and a homicide earlier this week was fatally shot by police in Van Nuys Wednesday morning, according to the LAPD. Undercover Los Angeles Police Department officers in plain clothes were conducting surveillance on the person, described only as a black male, in the area of Kester Avenue and Burbank Boulevard early Wednesday, Sgt. Barry Montgomery said. The location is on the border with Sherman Oaks. About 10:20 a.m., officers tried to take […]

  • Flames and smoke rise from the Saddleridge Fire on Oct. 11, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    At Least 16,000 Homes Evacuated as Saddleridge Fire Burns 11 Square Miles in San Fernando Valley

    Driven by winds, the massive Saddleridge Fire has burned through more than 7,500 acres and destroyed at least 31 structures in the northern San Fernando Valley, authorities said Friday. A man died of cardiac arrest as firefighters worked to put the growing flames moving west from where the fire started in Sylmar, authorities said. The brush fire was reported just after 9 p.m. Thursday near the Yarnell Road exit of the 210 Freeway, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Within […]

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