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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
  • Mark Mester Rides ‘The Most Perfect Wave’ at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in Lemoore

    These segments aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News and the KTLA 5 News at 1 on July 16, 2018. Click here for more information on Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in Lemoore. 

  • Traci Pruitt, 47, of Ninety Six, South Carolina was introduced to Tom Koerner, 30, of Austin, Texas on July 14, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Credit: Amy Glanzman/Gift of Life Marrow Registry)

    Woman Who Battled Potentially Fatal Leukemia Introduced to Man Who Helped Save Her Life at L.A. Convention

    A 47-year-old woman who was diagnosed with the potentially fatal blood cancer leukemia was introduced to the 30-year-old man who helped save her life on Saturday in Los Angeles. Traci Pruitt, of Ninety Six, South Carolina, was recipient and Tom Koerner, of Austin, Texas, was the donor. They hugged Saturday after meeting for the first time through the Gift of Life Marrow Registry at the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity International Convention. “My stomach is hurting,” Pruitt told KTLA after she […]

  • A surfer gets a tube ride amid high surf conditions in Newport Beach in this undated photo. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

    Officials Warn of High Surf as Beachgoers Try to Beat Heat

    Weather officials are warning of high surf and marine hazards as beachgoers head to local beaches to avoid a dangerous heat wave this weekend. Liberte Chan and Mark Mester report for KTLA 5 News on July 6, 2018. High Surf Advisory remains in effect through Friday evening bringing surf of 4 to 7 feet with sets of 9 feet. Minor coastal flooding and strong rip currents are also expected. #SoCal #Cawx #TSFabio pic.twitter.com/U2RRVk3U23 — NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) July 5, […]

  • Authorities investigate a fatal shooting that occurred in Long Beach on June 28, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Shooting Leaves 42-Year-Old Man Dead in Long Beach

    An investigation was underway Friday after a 42-year-old man was fatally shot in Long Beach the night before. Officers were called to the 1900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to investigate a shooting report at about 9:50 p.m., Long Beach Police Department Lt. Prieto said. A man suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso was found at dead at the scene, according to a Long Beach Police Department news release. He was later identified as Ellis […]

  • Products inside the Exhale Med Center are seen on June 29, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    California Pot Retailers Say State Rules Could Force Them to Destroy Millions of Dollars’ Worth of Product

    All marijuana sold in California by state licensed firms will be required starting Sunday to undergo new testing for quality and toxins, but retailers warn they face financial hardship because they will have to destroy tens of millions of dollars’ worth of untested product still on their shelves. The United Cannabis Business Assn. led 128 cannabis businesses and advocacy groups in petitioning Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday to indefinitely extend the period for selling marijuana products that do not meet […]

  • The Long Beach Fire Department tweeted this image from a vigil for Captain David Rosa on June 25, 2018.

    Police Say Man Started Fire to Lure Firefighters to Long Beach Retirement Home: AP

    Police said a man started a fire to lure firefighters to a Long Beach retirement home where a shooting left a fire captain dead and another firefighter injured, the Associated Press reported. Dave Rosa, 45, a 17-year veteran who served as captain with the Long Beach Fire Department for the past 6 1/2 years, died Monday after being shot at the Covenant Manor, according to police. Ernesto Torres, a 35-year-old who has been with the Fire Department for more than a […]

  • Long Beach Fire Captain Dave Rosa is seen in a photo released June 25, 2018, by the Long Beach Fire Department.

    Officials ID Long Beach Fire Captain Killed in the Line of Duty as Father of 2, Department Veteran

    The fire captain who died after gunfire erupted as officials were responding to a fire at a senior living facility in Long Beach Monday morning had been with the department for 17 years, officials said. Dave Rosa, 45, had also served as captain of Fire Station 10 for the last six and a half years, said Long Beach Fire Chief Mike Duree. He leaves behind a wife and two sons — ages 16 and 25. “This is a tough day,” Duree […]

  • Authorities respond to an incident at a Long Beach retirement home that left one firefighter dead on June 25, 2018. (Credit: Dan Sherman)

    77-Year-Old Man Arrested After Shooting Leaves Fire Captain Dead, 2 Others Injured at Long Beach Retirement Home

    A 77-year-old man has been arrested hours after a shooting at a Long Beach retirement home left a fire captain dead and two other people injured early Monday, officials said. Capt. Dave Rosa, 45, a 17-year veteran with the Long Beach Fire Department, was shot while responding to a fire, according to the agency. Police detained a person of interest and recovered a weapon, Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna said. During a news conference later, investigators identified that person […]

  • L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino shared a video that he said shows deputies dumping a homeless man in San Pedro on Jan. 30, 2018. Buscaino said Mike Olivieri shot the video.

    L.A. City Council Committee Addresses ‘Homeless Dumping’ During Hearing

    A Los Angeles City Council committee on Wednesday addressed an incident earlier this year where a homeless man was dropped off on a San Pedro street by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies and was later arrested. Councilman Joe Buscaino called a Public Safety Committee hearing to address the issue and to better understand how local law enforcement deal with members of the homeless community who have mental health or addiction issues. The incident, which was caught on camera, occurred on […]