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Courtney Friel joined KTLA in 2013 after working six years at Fox News Channel, where she was a New York correspondent, headline anchor and fill-in host for “Fox & Friends.”

Before FNC, Courtney anchored and reported for the CBS affiliate in Palm Springs and ABC station in Jackson, Tenn.

On the programming side, Courtney hosted “The World Poker Tour” on the Travel Channel and “The Saturday Night Solution” on Court TV.

She has also reported for various shows including “America’s Most Wanted,” “Extra,” “E! News,” Oxygen’s “Trackers,” and got her start in the industry as a student reporter for Channel One News. She also worked as an entertainment reporter for KTTV-TV.

Courtney graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.


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    Jury Deadlocked in Sentencing of Gabriel Fernandez’s Convicted Murderer

    After taking only six hours to decide a verdict on Isauro Aguirre’s criminal charges, the jury in the Gabriel Fernandez torture death case told the judge it was deadlocked on deciding his sentence on Tuesday. Courtney Friel reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Dec. 12, 2017.

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    Man Convicted of Killing Gabriel Fernandez Described as ‘Kind,’ ‘Patient’ During Sentencing Phase 

    An attorney representing a man convicted of torturing Gabriel Fernandez to death described his client as being “kind” and “patient” and that he should be spared from receiving the death penalty during closing arguments for the penalty phase Monday. Isauro Aguirre, 37, was convicted on Nov. 15 of killing the 8-year-old boy. The same jury who found him guilty began deliberating Monday and is tasked with deciding if he will be sentenced to life in prison or death. During the […]

  • The Thomas Fire reaches the 101 Freeway north of Ventura Wednesday evening. (Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

    ‘Out of Control’ Thomas Fire in Ventura County Grows to 90,000 Acres, Prompts Additional Evacuations

    This is a developing wildfire story. Please check back frequently for updates. An erratic fire in Ventura County that has burned in several cities has grown to 90,000 acres and was just 5 percent contained as it headed north toward Santa Barbara County, and more evacuations were ordered Wednesday evening as winds kicked up in the area. As of Wednesday night, the fire was burning on the north and east side of Highway 150, the west side of Highway 33 […]

  • A man sifts through the remains of his home in Ventura Dec. 6, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Lifelong Ventura Residents Sift Through Remains of Home Lost in Thomas Fire

    A Ventura couple returned to their home to assess the damage caused by the Thomas Fire. Courtney Friel reports for the KTLA 5 News on Wednesday Dec. 6, 2017.

  • Free Vaccinations Provided in West Hollywood to Those at Risk of Contracting Hepatitis A

    L.A. County public health officials and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation set up a free vaccination clinic in West Hollywood’s Plummer Park for those who are currently homeless or are unable to take preventative care measures. Courtney Friel reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Nov. 28, 2017.

  • Michelle Rodriguez was among celebrities and local politicians who spoke during a news conference criticizing Donald Trump's trophy ban reversal on Nov. 20, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Celebrities, Local Politicians Criticize Trump’s Potential Trophy Ban Reversal

    Michelle Rodriguez and Kevin de Leon were among celebrities and local politicians who spoke during a news conference criticizing Donald Trump’s trophy ban reversal on Monday. Courtney Friel reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Nov. 20, 2017.

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    Boyfriend of Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder in Torture Death Case

    The boyfriend of Gabriel Fernandez’s mother has been found guilty of first-degree murder in connection with the boy’s May 2013 death. A jury found Isauro Aguirre, 37, guilty of intentionally killing the 8-year-old boy, and found true the allegation that the defendant tortured the victim. The jury began deliberating on Tuesday, after the four-week trial, and announced late Wednesday morning that they had reached a verdict. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami had argued that Aguirre systemically abused […]

  • In a briefing on scene Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, a Tehama County Sheriff spokesman said at least five people are dead across seven crime scenes including Tehama Elementary School. (Credit: Sara Stinson / KHSL via CNN)

    Gunman Kills 4 After Opening Fire at Several NorCal Sites, Including Elementary School; Children Among Wounded

    A gunman killed four people in a remote Northern California community on Tuesday morning, but a much bigger death toll was averted when the killer was unable to break into an elementary school. The staff at tiny Rancho Tehama Elementary School west of Corning moved quickly when they heard gunfire nearby just before classes were set to begin, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said. Doors were locked and students dashed inside and hit the floors underneath desks and tables. […]

  • Gabriel Fernandez is shown in a photo posted to Facebook.

    Jury Begins Deliberation in Gabriel Fernandez Torture Death Trial

    Deliberation began Tuesday morning for the jury in the murder trial of Isauro Aguirre, accused of killing his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez. The jury planned to adjourn for the day by 1:30 p.m. Courtney Friel reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Nov. 14, 2017.