Dave Bryan

Dave Bryan

Dave Bryan joined the KCAL9 news team in March, 1994, after having previously worked at KTTV, Fox TV in Los Angeles. As the political reporter for the KCAL Prime9 News, his beat includes national and international stories as well as state capitol coverage from Sacramento and local politics in southern California. Today he is the only LA TV reporter who covers exclusively political stories.

During his career as a journalist, Bryan’s coverage of world news has taken him to China, where he covered the crackdown on the democracy movement following the government crackdown at Bejing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. In Somalia, he sent back live reports to stations around the US, as American Marines landed at Mogadishu. During his two-month assignment there, Bryan continued to file live reports, accompanying the US forces as they “liberated” Somalia from famine and violent warlords. In March, 2003 Bryan was embedded with a Marine batallion during the opening weeks of the Iraq War, moving through the desert from Kuwait to Baghdad, filing live reports with a videophone. Once they reached the Baghdad, Bryan and photographer Dolores Gillham, continued to send back live news updates on developments in Iraq for KCAL9 News and CBS2 News. And in 2005, Bryan covered the Hurricane Katrina disaster, filing live reports from New Orleans on the tragic human toll in the weeks after the levees ruptured, and the city was virtually destroyed by massive floodwaters.

On the political beat, Bryan has covered presidential nominating conventions and campaigns for more than 25 years. In the 2000 campaign he traveled to Iowa and New Hampshire to cover the nation’s earliest caucus and primary, following the candidates as they moved along the road to the White House. During the impeachment scandal that nearly brought down President Bill Clinton, Bryan was stationed in Washington DC, where he reported live for KCAL9 News each evening on the latest developments.

Dave began his career as an investigative reporter in Baltimore, MD. After uncovering a heating oil scandal that left both poor people and the government cheated by unscrupulous companies, he shared a Columbia-DuPont Award with colleagues for best local investigative reporting. Later, while working at KTTV, Bryan became the lead reporter for the first live gavel-to-gavel trial coverage in southern California, part of the news team which won a Columbia-DuPont award for coverage of the first Rodney King trial in Simi Valley.

Bryan is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he received a B.A. degree in sociology. He has received many other industry awards including regional Associated Press honors and the UPI Maurice Williams Award.

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Gov. Brown Talks To KCAL9 About Bill That Would Mandate Reduction In Gas Usage

As Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to travel to Rome next week for an international climate conference, the debate over a bill aimed at reducing gas usage in California is heating up.


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Local Muslim Community Shares Terror Concerns Amidst Independence Day Weekend Celebrations

Political Reporter Dave Bryan spoke to members of a mosque in Granada Hills, along with Congressman Brad Sherman.


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One Of Main Functions Of ISIS’ Magazine Is ‘To Argue State Is Legitimate,’ Expert Says

The Islamic State group’s release of an online feature magazine is one of the key weapons in the terrorist organization’s campaign to win over recruits and argue for its legitimacy, an expert said Thursday.


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‘We’ll Look For Votes Out Here In California,’ Says Presidential Hopeful Rand Paul

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul is endorsing the results of Proposition 47, which lowered some minor drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors in California.


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Obama’s Fundraising In Calif. Is Over-The-Top, Some Republicans Charge

President Obama will return to the Southland for his 21st visit to Los Angeles or Orange counties since taking office in 2009 but some Republicans charge that he’s using California as a “campaign ATM.”


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Liquor License For Koreatown Restaurant Becomes A Key Issue In City Council Race

A zoning administrator with support from the LAPD has recommended that the liquor license for La Defence not be renewed in part due to a history of problems.


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Pastor Of Prominent L.A. Church Issues Apology After Controversial Sermon About Police, KKK

The senior pastor of a prominent Los Angeles church has issued an apology after controversial comments were made during a sermon delivered weeks ago.


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DMV Defends Its Handling Of Influx Of Driver’s License Applications

A day after a report revealed long wait times at the DMV, the department defended its practices in dealing with a surge of driver’s license applications from undocumented immigrants under a new state program.


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Viewed As ‘Conscience Of Congress,’ Environmental Advocate Henry Waxman Retires

When the gavel signaled the end of the 113th session for the U.S. Congress this month it also marked the end of a 40-year career for California Congressman Henry Waxman.


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Civil-Liberties Group: Police Use Counterterrorism Device For Other Criminal Probes

A senior staff attorney for the ACLU says the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has a mixed record when it comes to transparency about the kinds of surveillance used.


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Some Aren’t Happy ‘Made In America’ Festival Could Cost Taxpayers $170K In Expenses

Los Angeles taxpayers may have to foot the bill for as much as $170,000 in expenses associated with Made in America, and some aren’t pleased.


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Prop. 45 Could Interfere With Covered California, Opponents Say

Opponents of Proposition 45 say the measure, which would give the state insurance commissioner authority over proposed health insurance rates, could interfere with Covered California.


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As Midterm Elections Near, Brown Answers Questions About Re-Election Bid

With midterm elections just a week away, Gov. Jerry Brown was in Southern California Tuesday, addressing questions about his re-election bid.


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Obama Is The Star Attraction At Gwyneth Paltrow Fundraiser

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow Thursday hosted a Democratic fundraiser where President Obama was the star attraction.


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Are Oil Trains To Drive Down Gas Prices Worth The Risk?

The debate over the transport of crude oil by rail has returned to the forefront as some California refineries have obtained permission to build terminals to accommodate oil trains.