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Rick Chambers is co-anchor of the KTLA Weekend News and Sunday Edition. He joined the KTLA news team in May of 2011.

He is also a front-line, Emmy Award-winning reporter covering southern California’s biggest stories for more than 20 years. Rick’s first assignment in Los Angeles was the riots of 1992. Since then, he has given viewers first-hand live reports from the Northridge earthquake, O.J. Simpson trial, the Malibu and Laguna fires and the funeral of Ronald Reagan.

Rick has anchored political conventions and interviewed presidential hopefuls. He has rubbed shoulders with celebrities on the red carpet and talked one on one with the news makers of the day. But, he is as genuine and comfortable with the blue-collar laborer as he is with the mayor or the governor.

Prior to coming to L.A., Rick anchored at WSVN-TV in Miami and covered everything from hurricanes to the rise of the South Florida drug trade. Earlier in his career, Rick also made stops in Louisville, Ky., and Harrisburg, Ill.

He is a Chicago boy who graduated from Southern Illinois University.

Over the years, Rick has been involved with scores of charitable organizations and hosted fundraisers and award ceremonies for many of them, including the Santa Clarita Valley where he calls home.

When not chasing stories, Rick is an avid reader and lover of puzzles. Snow skiing and trap shooting are his sports of choice. He is married and the father of three children, which is why his hair turned gray years ago.

Recent Articles
  • Flames come close to homes in the 29000 block of Sandpiper Drive in Lake Elsinore. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

    Holy Fire Grows to 19,100 Acres as Erratic Winds Hamper Efforts to Control Blaze Near Lake Elsinore

    The Holy Fire continues to grow as erratic winds and dry conditions hamper firefighter’s efforts to contain the massive blaze burning near Lake Elsinore Friday. Fire officials announced the fire had grown to 19,107 acres Friday evening and was 10 percent contained. “For those wondering about containment, the hand/containment line grows as the fire grows. We continue to actively engage, but cannot get ahead of the fire,” the U. S. Forest Service stated in a tweet. More than 21,000 people remain […]

  • The Holy Fire rages in the Cleveland National Forest, expanding toward homes in the Lake Elsinore area on Aug. 9, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency in O.C., Riverside Counties as Holy Fire Burns More Than 10,000 Acres

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday evening proclaimed a state of emergency in Orange and Riverside counties due to a fire that has scorched more than 10,000 acres in the Cleveland National Forest and has forced the evacuation of thousands of residents. The declaration made state resources available in the efforts to suppress the Holy Fire, which started Monday in the Trabuco Canyon area near the Riverside County line. By Thursday, the fire was no longer active in Orange County but […]

  • A surveillance image shows an Oxnard police officer and a suspect struggling in the middle of a street in Oxnard on July 29, 2018. (Credit: Oxnard Police Department)

    Authorities Release Surveillance Video Showing Police Shooting in Oxnard

    The Oxnard Police Department on Friday released surveillance video of an officer-involved shooting that took place over the weekend. Officer Daniel Oncea was on patrol in the Royal Duke Mobile Estates in the 1300 block of East Ventura Boulevard around 7:20 p.m. Sunday, according to the Police Department. The officer saw a man by the name of Joel Tapia Jr. and attempted to take him into custody for multiple outstanding warrants, authorities said in a news release. Officials did not […]

  • Mountain Lion Cub Takes up Residence in Pacific Palisades Backyard

    A young mountain lion spent more than eight hours lounging high up a tree in a Pacific Palisades backyard on Thursday. Gina Vincent first spotted the cat at her house Thursday morning after it got into a tussle with her dog, Bella, behind the pool area in the family’s backyard. “They were clawing at each other and barking, and the cat was hissing at my dog,” Vincent told KTLA. “And then my dog kind of lunged toward the cat and […]

  • Video Shows Man Being Rescued From Burning Car After Fiery Crash in Colton

    Two men were able to make it out of the burning remains of their vehicle after a crash in Colton with some help from bystanders before dawn Wednesday morning. Authorities are now investigating whether they caused the crash. Rick Chambers reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Aug. 1, 2018.

  • Rally Held to Call for Prosecution of Democratic Donor on Anniversary of Escort’s Death in West Hollywood

    The anniversary of Gemmel Moore’s death fell just one day after it was announced that prominent Democratic donor would not faces charges in connection with his fatal overdose, and Moore’s loved ones held a rally in protest. Rick Chambers reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on July 27, 2018.

  • Man Arrested, Accused of Arson in 4,700-Acre Blaze Burning Homes in Riverside County

    A man was arrested on suspicion of setting multiple fires in southwest Riverside County on Wednesday, including one that burned homes and forced evacuations in the Idyllwild area, officials said. Temecula resident Brandon N. McGlover, 32, is accused of sparking a series of blazes along Highway 74 in the San Bernardino National Forest, according to a news release. He was booked on suspicion of starting at least five fires, but may be implicated in more, authorities said. McGlover was located […]

  • An aircraft makes a fire retardant drop as the Cranston Fire burns in Idyllwild on July 25, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    At Least 5 Homes Destroyed as Brush Fire Explodes to 4,700 Acres in Idyllwild Area

    A brush fire in the Idyllwild area quickly grew to cover more than 7 square miles amid scorching temperatures on Wednesday, burning homes and threatening hundreds more. The Cranston Fire erupted around noon off Highway 74 between Hemet and Mountain Center, in the San Jacinto Mountains, the San Bernardino National Forest Service tweeted. It grew to 200 acres within 40 minutes of breaking out, then quadrupled in size just before 2 p.m., officials said. By 8:45 p.m., the fire had […]

  • Silver Lake Trader Joe’s Shootout: Fundraising Pages Started for Slain Manager, Suspect’s Injured Grandmother

    Fundraising pages have been created for an injured grandmother who was allegedly shot by her grandson in South Los Angeles, and the manager of the Silver Lake Trader Joe’s who was fatally shot after the suspect led police on a chase that ended at the grocery store. Authorities said Mary Madison, 78, suffered multiple gunshot wounds Sunday during a domestic dispute at her South L.A. home with her twenty-eight-year-old grandson, Gene Atkins. Madison was initially listed in critical condition while […]