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
  • Police at work on March 18, 2019, in the Dutch city of Utrecht, near a tram where a gunman opened firein a possible terrorist incident. (Credit: JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

    Gunman Kills 3, Wounds 5 on Dutch Tram in Possible Terror Attack, Authorities Say

    A gunman killed three people and wounded five during a mid-morning tram ride Monday in the Dutch city of Utrecht, raising the specter of another extremist attack only days after the murderous rampage in New Zealand. Authorities seized a Turkish-born suspect after a manhunt that convulsed the historic city of nearly 350,000 people for most of the day. As night set in, three victims lay in critical condition, and the motive for the bloodshed remained under investigation. Prime Minister Mark […]

  • Mark Mester’s Favorite Pizza Spot in L.A.: Hollywood Pies

    We all have a guilty pleasure. Mark Mester’s is Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. His favorite spot in L.A. for pizza is Hollywood Pies in the Pico-Robertson district. Mark got to make a pie with the restaurant’s owner, Andrew Saroghian. He said the key to a delicious deep-dish pizza is the dough.

  • Felicity Huffman, left, appears at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills on Feb. 19, 2019. Lori Loughlin, right, appears at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Feb. 28, 2019. (Credit: Presley Ann/Getty Images for EMILY'S List; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

    Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Among Dozens Charged in Nationwide Admissions Bribery Scheme Involving USC, UCLA

    Fifty people, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation’s most elite schools. Consulting company founder Rick Singer pleaded guilty to running the cheating scam shortly after dozens of charges were announced. Federal authorities called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department, with the parents accused of paying […]

  • A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airliner lifts off for its first flight on January 29, 2016 in Renton, Washington. (Credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

    E.U. Joins Others in Suspending Boeing 737 MAX Planes After Fatal Crash in Ethiopia

    The European Union is suspending Boeing 737 Max flights in Europe, joining a list of governments temporarily grounding the aircraft after Sunday’s fatal plane crash in Ethiopia. The EU’s suspension, covering 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 planes, was set to begin at 3 p.m. ET Tuesday. The move came as a raft of nations — including many individual European countries — introduced temporary suspensions Tuesday for 737 Max aircraft after a Max 8 flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, […]

  • People stand near collected debris at the crash site of Ethiopia Airlines near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 11, 2019. (Credit: MICHAEL TEWELDE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Aid Workers, Doctors, Academics Among the 157 Killed in Ethiopian Airlines Crash

    They worked to bring food to the hungry, medicine to the sick and clean water to people living in areas without it. Among the 157 people who died in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner Sunday were dozens of international aid workers hailing from several countries in Africa and around the globe. Described as dedicated and impassioned employees of nonprofit environmental, immigration and refugee organizations, they lost their lives alongside pastors, professors, ambassadors, police chiefs and respected writers and […]

  • A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airliner lifts off for its first flight on January 29, 2016 in Renton, Washington. (Credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

    China, Indonesia, Ethiopia Order Airlines to Ground Boeing 737 Max 8 Planes After Crash

    Airlines in Ethiopia, China, Indonesia and elsewhere grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner Monday after the second devastating crash of one of the planes in five months. But Boeing said it had no reason to pull the popular aircraft from the skies. As the East African country mourned the 157 victims of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that went down in clear weather shortly after takeoff Sunday, investigators found the jetliner’s two flight recorders at the crash site outside the capital of […]

  • A piece of the fuselage of ET Flight 302 can be seen in the foreground as local residents collect debris at the scene where Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed in a wheat field on March 10, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

    Flight Recorders Found Amid Wreckage of Ethiopian Airlines Crash That Killed 157

    Two flight data recorders from Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 have been found, as airlines around the world ground Boeing 737 MAX 8s like the one which crashed Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. The plane’s Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) were recovered from the wreckage Monday, Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement. They will enable investigators and experts piece together the last moments of the flight, and should help explain why the new plane […]

  • Drivers splash down Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on March 6, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    SoCal Storm: PCH Shuts Down in Huntington Beach; Scattered Showers Likely to Continue

    Crews blocked a stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County as a storm drenched Southern California on Wednesday. The shutdown happened just as flash flood watches in parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties expired at 11 a.m. The National Weather Service said while the advisory has been lifted, “scattered showers with brief heavy downpours will likely continue through the afternoon.” Forecasters were concerned about thunderstorms, with up to an inch of rain per hour possible. Traffic As […]

  • A fallen tree is seen in Lake Balboa on March 5, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Flooding, Mudslides, Falling Trees Among Biggest Concerns as New Storm Moves Toward SoCal

    Another storm is headed to Southern California Tuesday, prompting evacuation orders and concerns about flooding, mudslides, and falling trees. Evacuation orders were in effect for areas in Santa Barbara County and Ventura County. In Montecito, sheriff’s deputies were going door to door, letting residents know they needed to leave. Signs and traffic cones blocked off roads, and front doors and mailboxes were marked with orange flags, indicating the evacuation. The rain is expected to move into the area Tuesday afternoon […]

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