Former KTLA Anchor Mark Mester Joins KMIR in Palm Springs

By Kevin Eck 

Former KTLA morning anchor Mark Mester has joined KMIR in Palm Springs, California.

“We welcome Mark Mester to the NBC Palm Springs Family!” the station posted on social media.

Mester (pictured second from right) last worked at KTLA in Los Angeles. He was fired in 2022 after he gave an on-air apology for how the Nexstar owned station handled the departure of his former co-anchor Lynette Romero.


Entertainment reporter Sam Rubin informed viewers about Romero’s departure on Wednesday September 14. The station also sent out a tweet saying “After nearly 24 years at KTLA, our Lynette Romero has decided to move on and pursue another opportunity. We wish Lynette nothing but the best of luck on her next chapter.”

On his morning newscast, Mester followed up with an on-air apology saying that what happened to Romero was “rude” and “cruel.”

“It was inappropriate and we are so sorry,” said Mester. “I also want to say sorry to Lynette Romero, because Lynette I love you so much, you really are my best friend. You did not deserve what happened to you on Wednesday.”

Mester follows former KNBC sports anchor Fred Roggin, who joined the station in January.