Mark Mester
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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
  • Signs warn the public to stay out of the water in an area harboring high bacteria levels near a drain at Will Rogers State Beach on Aug. 7, 2007, in Pacific Palisades. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

    Advisory Issued for All Los Angeles County Beaches as Rain Storm Hits Southern California

    All those planning to visit L.A. beaches are cautioned to avoid swimming, surfing and playing in the water around discharging storm outlets, as waters may be contaminated from the rain storm moving through Southern California, Los Angeles County health officials said Thursday. Bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash, and other health hazards are likely to flow into the ocean from city streets and mountain areas, contaminating the water near discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers. Beaches near burn areas are also likely […]

  • A surfer is seen at Huntington Beach on Nov. 28, 2018.

    High Surf Advisory Issued for SoCal Beaches Through Friday

    A pacific storm is expected to bring high surf to Southern California beaches through Friday. Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Nov. 28, 2018.

  • Search and rescue crews dig through the burnt remains of a business as they search for human remains on Nov. 21, 2018 in Paradise, California. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    SoCal Team Returns Home After Helping Search for Remains in Camp Fire

    A group of firefighters from Southern California returned home from Paradise Monday morning after days of sifting through the devastation left by the Camp Fire in search of human remains. By the time the team returned, 85 people have been reported dead in the blaze—the deadliest in state history. The Butte County Sheriff-Coroner’s website as of Monday listed nearly 300 individuals still unaccounted for. The Camp Fire incinerated about 240 square miles after erupting on Nov. 8. It has been fully contained. […]

  • Black Friday Sales Expected to Hit Record $23 Billion, Up About 9 Percent From 2017

    The holiday shopping season got off to a hot start on Friday as consumers flooded into stores and logged onto e-commerce sites in search of deals. Real-time figures from Mastercard show that overall sales are poised to hit $23 billion on Black Friday alone. That’s up about 9% from the day after Thanksgiving last year. Mastercard projects that overall holiday sales from November 1 through Christmas Eve should grow by 5% this year. “We’ve gotten off to a very good […]

  • Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaks before presenting Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg the American Law Institute's Henry J. Friendly Medal in Washington, DC, on May 14, 2018. (Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

    SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts Pushes Back Against Trump’s ‘Obama Judge’ Comment

    President Donald Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts clashed in an extraordinary public dispute over the independence of America’s judiciary, with Roberts bluntly rebuking the president for denouncing a judge who rejected his migrant asylum policy as an “Obama judge.” There’s no such thing, Roberts declared Wednesday in a strongly worded statement contradicting Trump and defending judicial independence. Never silent for long, Trump defended his own comment, tweeting defiantly, “Sorry Justice Roberts.” The pre-Thanksgiving dustup was the first time that […]

  • A homeless man is seen being helped by a bus driver in video released by the Milwaukee County Transit System.

    Video Captures Bus Driver Helping Homeless Man in Milwaukee

    A bus driver was seen helping a homeless man on a Milwaukee bus in surveillance video from the vehicle, which shows her offering him food and kind words. Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Nov. 21, 2018.

  • The KTLA 5 News 'Spirit of Thanksgiving Telethon" on Nov. 22, 2018.

    More than $188,000 for Wildfire Victims During KTLA 5 News ‘Spirit of Thanksgiving Telethon’

    KTLA 5 News hosted its “Spirit of Thanksgiving Telethon” on Thursday morning to raise funds for those affected by  the Southern California wildfires. In partnership with iHeart Radio and the Salvation Army California South Division, KTLA hosted the live telethon at its Hollywood studios from 6 to 9 a.m., according to a statement from Tribune Media. The telethon was also streamed on Facebook live from 6 to 10 a.m. More than $188,000 was raised to benefit wildfire victims. Wildfires have ravaged […]

  • A utility worker watches as President Trump's motorcade heads down Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Nov. 16, 2018. (Credit: Genaro Molina/ Los Angeles Times)

    As Woolsey Fire Nears Full Containment, Malibu Residents Return Home and Prepare for Possible Mudslides

    With rains expected and the deadly Woolsey Fire almost fully contained, Malibu residents continued returning home Monday as some prepared for possible mudslides. The wildfire is 96 percent contained after burning through about 96,949 acres, or just over 150 square miles — claiming three lives as it spread from Ventura to Los Angeles counties, destroyed about 1,500 structures and damaged more than 340 more, according to Cal Fire. Among those returning home was “Coach” actor Craig T. Nelson, who described the […]

  • Rescue workers search for human remains at a home that was burned by the Camp Fire on Nov. 15, 2018. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    With More Than 600 People Missing After Camp Fire, Search Intensifies

    As the death toll from the Camp Fire rose to 63 people and the number of people missing spiked to more than 600, rescue workers searching for human remains in the wreckage hope hundreds of people who are still unaccounted for after the blaze are still alive. “A lot of people are displaced, and a lot of people don’t know we’re looking for them,” Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea said late Thursday. The dramatic rise in the number […]