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COURTNEY FRIEL
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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
  • L.A. city officials held a ground breaking for a major water project in Sun Valley on Aug. 22, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    L.A. City Officials Break Ground on Major Water Project in Sun Valley Area

    The city of Los Angeles broke ground on Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project on Monday. The major multimillion-dollar project is expected to bring a drought-ridden area back to life and capture potentially billions of gallons of water in the process. Courtney Friel reports from Sun Valley for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Aug. 22, 2016.

  • Firefighters monitor the Blue Cut fire traveling on the side of Lytle Creek Road on Aug. 17, 2016. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

    Blue Cut Fire Near Cajon Pass Downgraded to 25,600 Plus Acres; Nearly 83,000 Remain Evacuated

    Firefighters battling the Blue Cut Fire faced another difficult day Wednesday as the massive blaze, which had destroyed homes and forced some 83,000 residents to evacuate. The only good news came late in the day when the size of the blaze was downgraded from 30,000 to 25,600 acres after fire officials were able to complete a more accurate mapping of the wildfire. The containment was also updated to 4 percent. At 10:15 the California Highway Patrol tweeted that the 215/15 northbound connector was […]

  • A K-9, Deja, appears alongside her handler. The dog tracked down a missing girl in Rancho Cucamonga on July 26, 2016. (Credit: Rancho Cucamonga Police Department)

    Rancho Cucamonga Police Dog Rescues Missing Girl in Twin Peaks Area

    A K-9 tracked down the scent of a missing 16-year-old girl who was dragged by her hair into the woods on Monday in the Twin Peaks area. The girl was allegedly taken from her home around 3 a.m. by an 18-year-old man, later identified as her boyfriend, Logan Padberg, officials told KTLA. The incident was first reported happening on Tuesday, but a sheriff’s official later clarified it happened on Monday. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department began a search in the mountains […]

  • A firefighting Super Scooper airtanker drops water over the Brea Fire on Nov. 15, 2008, near Yorba Linda. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

    Possibility of Year-Round ‘Super Scooper’ in SoCal Discussed by Supervisors

    The possibility of bringing a “Super Scooper” airtanker to combat Southern California wildfires year round — instead of just for the three months starting Sept. 1 that are currently contracted — was discussed at a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. Courtney Friel reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on July 26, 2016.

  • Firefighters battle the Sand fire along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on July 24, 2016. (Credit: Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times)

    Sand Fire: Firefighting Efforts Hampered by Residents Not Following Evacuation Orders, Officials Say

    Residents failing to heed mandatory evacuation orders are hampering the efforts of firefighters batting the raging Sand Fire, authorities said Monday. Some of the 18 homes destroyed in the Santa Clarita-area wildfire over the weekend burned down after residents failed to evacuate, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich. The supervisor’s revelation came as he urged residents to following evacuation orders during a morning news briefing on the 33,000-acre wildfire. “Please listen when the [Los Angeles County] Fire Department, the [L.A. […]

  • Firefighters work on the Sand Fire. (Credit: KTLA)

    Sand Fire Spreads Toward Acton, Where Some Residents Have Been Evacuated

    The Sand Fire began pushing toward Acton on Sunday when winds whipped up flames. Courtney Friel reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on July 25, 2016.

  • Julian Cardenas, who is battling leukemia, got to spend the day as a deputy in the City of Industry on July 20, 2016 (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

    13-Year-Old Boy Battling Leukemia Becomes Deputy for a Day in City of Industry

    For Julian Cardenas, a 13-year-old battling leukemia, the chance to be an Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy for a day was thrilling. Julian got to participate in target practice with SWAT officers and ride along with Los Angeles County firefighters in the City of Industry on Wednesday. But he said his favorite part was being in a helicopter. It was a welcome break from chemotherapy and hospital rooms. “When I get my chemo I feel really nauseous and stuff, but thanks to […]

  • Gerrick Thomas, 21, was shot and killed in Hyde Park in January. LAPD are offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAPD Offers $50,000 Reward for Information in Fatal Hyde Park Shooting

    Alongside the 21-year-old victim’s mourning mother, Los Angeles police on Tuesday announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in a fatal shooting near Hyde Park in January. Gerrik Thomas was shot about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the 3100 block of West 54th Street. Lead Detective Connie Zych said police are investigating the crime as “gang-influenced,” though Thomas was not a gang member. She said he worked as a security guard and was a nursing student. Los Angeles […]

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    Elderly Thousand Oaks Couple, Facing Eviction Due to Alleged Fraud, Receives Outpouring of Support From Neighbors and Investigators

    The pending eviction of an eighty-something couple from their longtime home in Thousand Oaks, the result of alleged fraud by a relative, has prompted an outpouring of support from neighbors and law enforcement officials. Helen and Hank Kawecki on Monday are scheduled to be expelled from the house they’ve lived in for 56 years, after signing the deed over to a grandson who “mortgaged the property to the maximum with three loans and defaulted on all the loans … then […]