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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.

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  • Jessica Torres is shown in a photo provided by her family on Oct. 22, 2018.

    Family Identifies Woman Killed in Pasadena Hit-and-Run Crash

    A woman who was killed in a Pasadena hit-and-run crash on Sunday has been identified by her family. Jessica Torres, 27, was crossing Fair Oaks Avenue near Claremont Street about 7:20 p.m. Sunday when she was struck by a white SUV, Pasadena police said. She was found with major injuries and eventually died at the scene. The driver of the SUV drove away from the scene heading east on Washington Boulevard. Police believe the vehicle has major front end damage. […]

  • '#VegasStrong' is projected on a video screen while Jason Aldean (L) and Bobby Bones speak onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

    ‘We Remember the Unforgettable’: Events Commemorate Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary

    A flock of doves fluttered skyward at sunrise in Las Vegas on Monday, each bird bearing a leg band with the name of one of the 58 people slain in the deadliest mass shooting in nation’s modern history one year ago. Marking the anniversary of the night that a gunman opened fire from a high-rise casino suite on a crowd of 22,000 country music fans, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval gathered with several hundred people at an outdoor amphitheater remembrance ceremony. […]

  • Seismograph with paper in action. (Credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus)

    At Least 48 Dead, Hundreds More Injured After 7.5 Quake Jolts Indonesia

    The powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit Indonesia’s central Sulawesi has claimed dozens of victims, a disaster official said Saturday, as rescuers raced to reach the region and an AP reporter saw numerous bodies in a hard-hit city. Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference that four hospitals in the central Sulawesi city of Palu have reported 48 dead and hundreds of injured. He said the fate of tens to hundreds of people involved in an annual […]

  • Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Credit: by Andrew Harnik - Pool/Getty Images)

    GOP to Allow up to a Week for Kavanaugh Investigation Before Final Vote, Sen. Cornyn Says

    Reversing course, President Donald Trump bowed to Democrats’ demands Friday for a deeper FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Republican Sen. Jeff Flake balked at voting for confirmation without it — a sudden turn that left Senate approval newly uncertain amid allegations of sexual assault. Kavanaugh’s nomination had appeared back on track earlier Friday when he cleared a key hurdle at the Senate Judiciary Committee. But that advance came with an asterisk. Flake indicated he would take […]

  • O.C. Board of Supervisors Passes Controversial Housing Development in Yorba Linda

    The Orange County Board of Supervisors passed a controversial housing development in Yorba Linda that some fear could cause fire dangers. Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News at 11 on Sept. 25, 2018.

  • Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Matt Rourke-Pool/Getty Images)

    Prosecutors Seek up to 10 Years in Prison for Bill Cosby, Say He’s Shown ‘No Remorse’

    Bill Cosby had potentially faced up to 30 years in prison, but he now faces a maximum of 10 years after prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to merge the three counts of his conviction into one for sentencing purposes. Prosecutors asked a judge on Monday to sentence Cosby to five to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, saying he had shown “no remorse” for his actions. “This is about a person who put himself in a situation […]

  • A vehicle with a slashed tire was one of 85 vehicles that were vandalized in Jefferson Park on Sept. 19, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    96 Vehicles Vandalized in South L.A. Neighborhood: LAPD

    A woman is in custody after 96 vehicles were vandalized in a South Los Angeles neighborhood, police said Wednesday. About 4 a.m. a woman was spotted in the Jefferson Park area slashing the tires of parked vehicles, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials. LAPD initially told KTLA that there were 85 vehicles that had been damaged and 50 people were affected. Surveillance video from the scene shows the perpetrator in the act. One of the vehicles was a church […]

  • A man is seen narrowly dodging an approaching train in a video clip raken in April of 2018 and released by Metrolink officials on Sept. 18, 2018.

    Metrolink Urges Public Not to Take Chances on Train Tracks

    Metrolink officials gathered in Fullerton Tuesday to mark Rail Safety Month by urging the public not to risk their lives unnecessarily by taking chances with dangerous behavior on railways. To help drive their point home, Metrolink officials displayed a video depicting a man standing in front of a rapidly approaching train, only to dart out of the way at the last second. Authorities asked the public to be mindful and vigilant when it comes to trains. “Please do your part […]

  • Arthur Medici is shown in a photo posted on his Facebook on Dec. 13, 2017.

    26-Year-Old Man Dies After Shark Attack on Cape Cod

    A swimmer at a Cape Cod beach died Saturday in what experts believe is the first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts in more than 80 years. The man was bitten about noon ET at Newcomb Hollow Beach, Wellfleet police said. Witnesses told responding officers that the victim and another man were boogie boarding 30 yards off the beach when the incident occurred. Arthur Medici, 26, of Revere, Massachusetts, was given first aid, including CPR, but died at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. […]