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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.


Recent Articles
  • Griffith Observatory Draws Crowd of Eager Eclipse Viewers

    As the moon slid over a bright orange sun Monday morning, Southern Californians flocked to Griffith Observatory to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse. Other Angelenos took to social media to share photographs of the crescent sun. At corner of Vermont Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, crowds of people waited eagerly to board a shuttle bus that would take them to the observatory. In a scene that was typical for L.A., a group of Scientologists handed out personality tests to […]

  • A fundraiser is going to be held to restore the bells on St. Andrew Church in Pasadena on Aug. 17, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Community to Hold Event to Raise Money to Restore Bells at 90-Year-Old Pasadena Church

    A “ring the bells” charity event is scheduled to be held on Thursday to raise money to restore the original Deagan Bells at St. Andrew Church in Pasadena, one of the oldest Catholic churches in Los Angeles County. Courtney Friel reports from Pasadena for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Aug. 16, 2017. More information about the fundraiser can be found here. 

  • Surveillance video provided by LAPD officials on Aug. 15, 2017, shows a woman being attacked outside of her Van Nuys apartment as another woman walks by.

    Witnesses Didn’t Call 911 During Attempted Rape in Van Nuys; Attacker Sought: LAPD

    A man attempted to rape a woman outside her Van Nuys apartment over the weekend and several witnesses are seen in surveillance video passing the area without alerting authorities, Los Angeles Police Department officials announced Tuesday. The incident occurred about 5:30 a.m. Aug. 12 in the 14000 block of Vanowen Street as the victim was returning home from getting coffee, detectives said during a news conference Monday. A man approached the victim, who is 35 and is about 5 feet […]

  • ‘Are You Going to Miss Your Mom?’ 2 Years Later, El Sereno Boy Now Says ‘Yes’

    Two years after their interaction went viral, a shy El Sereno boy and the KTLA reporter whose back-to-school questions made him cry have been reunited. Andrew Macias, now 6, became a true internet sensation when he was asked by reporter Courtney Friel if he would miss his mother on his first day of preschool at City Terrace Elementary School in East Los Angeles. He initially said no, then paused, put his hands to his face and began, adorably, to cry. […]

  • Residents Share Opinions on Proposed Parking Plan for School

    Hundreds of people gathered at Van Nuys City Hall Tuesday to share their opinions on a proposed parking plan for Harvard-Westlake School’s Studio City campus that some feel would disfigure foothills and add to congestion. Courtney Friel reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Aug. 8, 2017.

  • Derrick Turner, 49, appeared in court on Aug. 7, 2017, to receive a sentence of 11 years. (Credit: KTLA)

    Skid Row Drug Kingpin, Found With $600,000 in $1 Bills, Is Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

    A Cerritos man whose Skid Row drug-selling operation with another dealer consisted of $1.6 million in cash and more than 15 pounds of cocaine was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Monday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. Derrick Turner, 49, was arrested in April 2016 for a drug-dealing operation that prosecutors say preyed on the vulnerable homeless population of Skid Row. A wiretap investigation in that historically impoverished district of downtown L.A., headed by the D.A.’s […]

  • Police investigate a deadly pursuit in Santa Ana on July 24, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Killed, 9-Year-Old Daughter Injured in Pursuit Crash in Santa Ana

    A man who led police on a high-speed pursuit on the streets of Santa Ana died Sunday night in a crash that also left his 9-year-old daughter critically injured. Police received a call at 10:22 p.m. reporting a man brandishing a firearm at a restaurant on McFadden Avenue, said Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. Officers spotted a vehicle matching the description given by the caller at South Standard and East Warner avenues and attempted to stop it, but […]

  • Man Sentenced to 31 Years in Prison for ‘Sextortion’ Scheme Involving Teenage Girls on Kik App

    A man has been sentenced to prison for a “sextortion” scheme that involved two teenage girls he met on the social media app Kik. Josh Manuel Magana, 27,  was sentenced to 31 years in prison for charges of rape and other sex crimes related to the sextortion of the two teenage girls, ages 16 and 17, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said Wednesday. Authorities said Magana began reaching out to a 16-year-old girl on Kik, using the screen […]

  • Riverside County Officials Warn of the Dangers of Honey Oil Production

    Honey oil, a concentrated form of marijuana produced using butane gas, has become popular due to its potency and availability of ingredients. But the process is also extremely dangerous, and the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office held a press conference Tuesday to highlight the costs of producing the substance. Courtney Friel reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on July 18, 2017.