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
  • MacKenzie Lueck is seen in a photo posted to her Facebook page on Jan. 12, 2019.

    ‘Person of Interest’ Investigated in Disappearance of El Segundo Woman Mackenzie Lueck: Utah Police

    A man whose home was searched as police investigate the disappearance of a Utah college student was named a “person of interest” in the case Thursday, and police were trying to find a mattress that had been inside his home. The announcement came shortly after authorities spent about 19 hours searching the man’s home in a middle class Salt Lake City neighborhood. Neighbors described officers entering the home with shovels and police dogs. Investigators were also seen taking large brown […]

  • People gather in in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as decisions are handed down on June 27, 2019, in Washington, DC. The high court blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census for now, and in another decision ruled that the Constitution does not bar partisan gerrymandering. (Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    Trump Admin. Efforts to Put Citizenship Question on Census on Hold – for Now – After SCOTUS Ruling

    In a surprising move, the Supreme Court on Thursday kept the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census for now, and the question’s opponents say there’s no time to revisit the issue before next week’s scheduled start to the printing of census forms. But President Donald Trump said on Twitter after the decision that he’s asked lawyers if they can “delay the Census, no matter how long” until the “United States Supreme Court is given additional […]

  • An undated photo shows a view from the San Clemente Pier. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

    San Clemente Pier, Long Beach City Beach Among Most Polluted in CA, Report Finds

    California is officially drought-free thanks to a wet winter, but all that rain meant more bacteria in beaches. Overall water quality in the state worsened slightly the past year largely because of more rainfall, according to the 29th annual Beach Report Card released Wednesday by the environmental group Heal the Bay. The 2018-2019 report is based on weekly bacterial pollution as tested by county health agencies. It ranked Orange County’s San Clemente Pier as the dirtiest beach in California. Untreated […]

  • Johnny Ray Zone, owner of Nashville hot chicken sensation Howlin' Ray's, appeared on KTLA on June 21, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Howlin’ Ray’s Owner Says He May Be Bringing His Spicy Fried Chicken to the Westside

    Johnny Ray Zone, owner of Nashville hot chicken sensation Howlin’ Ray’s, appeared on the KTLA 5 Morning News at 11 to torment Mark Mester with the spiciest level of chicken he offers – and to break some news. “We might be doing something on the Westside that I haven’t even announced yet,” Zone said. “They might have heard it first here.” He declined to provide details. “I’m doing the low key thing, so, low key, might happen,” Zone said. Known […]

  • Cars line up to cross into the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on March 31, 2019, in Tijuana, Mexico. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Trump Prompts Protests With Promise of New Mexican Tariffs

    In a surprise announcement that could derail a major trade deal, President Donald Trump says he is placing a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports, effective June 10, to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross the U.S. border. He said the percentage will gradually increase — up to 25% — “until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied.” The decision showed the administration going to new lengths, and […]

  • Two people were wounded in a shooting in Signal Hill on May 29, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Signal Hill Shooting Leaves 2 Men Wounded, Including 1 in Critical Condition

    A shooting in Signal Hill left one man in critical condition and another man wounded Wednesday night. Officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 3200 block of East 19th Street at about 11:12 p.m., Signal Hill Police Department Sgt. Alex Gabaldon said. Two people were found at the location with gunshot wounds, Gabaldon said. One man had been shot in the upper body, while a second man was wounded in the leg. Both victims were taken to a […]

  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller speaks on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019. (Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Mueller: ‘If We Had Confidence the President Clearly Did Not Commit a Crime, We Would Have Said So’

    Special counsel Robert Mueller said in a rare and remarkable public statement Wednesday his investigation could not clear President Donald Trump and that charging the President was not an option his office could consider. In Mueller’s first public comments on the investigation since he was appointed special counsel two years ago, he emphasized that Justice Department guidelines did not allow him to charge a sitting President, and as a result, his office did not determine whether Trump had committed obstruction […]

  • Mark Mester’s Favorite Dish to Eat on a Bun: FoodLab’s ‘Famous Wienerschnitzel’

    Reporter and anchor Mark Mester met up with the owner of FoodLab in West Hollywood and sampled some of their items. He shared his favorite dish to eat on a bun: the restaurant’s “famous Wienerschnitzel” For more information about FoodLab, visit their website. This segment aired on California Cooking With Jessica Holmes Episode 23.

  • The tornado hit Jefferson City just before midnight. No fatalities have been reported in the city of about 43,000 people, police Lt. David Williams said. (Credit: Courtesy Eric Cunningham)

    At Least 3 Dead in Missouri Storm; State Capital Hit by Tornado

    An outbreak of nasty storms spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees and tossed cars across a dealership lot, injuring about two dozen people in Missouri’s capital city and killing at least three others elsewhere in the state. The National Weather Service confirmed that a large and destructive twister moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight Wednesday. The tornado cut a path about 3 miles long and a mile wide from the south end of Jefferson City north toward the […]

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