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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
  • Sandbags are seen outside a home in Glendora, where January's Colby Fire left a burn area vulnerable to mudslides. (Credit: KTLA)

    Record-Setting Rainstorm Soaks SoCal, Triggers Evacuations in Some Areas

    Rain showers continued to soak Southern California late into the night on Wednesday, one day after a record-setting Pacific storm prompted mudslides, flash-flood watches and evacuations in some areas. The storm dumped 1.21 inches of rain in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, 1.04 inches in Long Beach, and 1.14 inches in Lancaster, eclipsing records set in 1961, according to the National Weather Service. At Los Angeles International Airport, 1.12 inches of rainfall was measured, surpassing 1966’s record total. Another wave […]

  • Caltrans workers cleared PCH, which was closed Nov. 30, 2014, due to rock fall. (Credit: KTLA)

    PCH in Ventura County Could Remain Closed for Several Days Due to Storm Damage

    A 9-mile section of Pacific Coast Highway remained closed Tuesday, after rain prompted rock slides and mudflows on the roadway two days earlier. The vulnerable coastal road has been closed since Sunday between Las Posas and Yerba Buena roads, near the 2013 Springs Fire burn area. With the continuing rain, more debris could come down onto roadway, Patrick Chandler of Caltrans said. The agency planned to reassess after the storm, according to a tweet. “We’re not going to let anyone on this road […]

  • Parents were warned of potentially hazardous toys during a news conference at Children't Hospital Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Annual ‘Trouble in Toyland’ Report Warns Parents of Potentially Hazardous Toys

    The 29th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report is out, warning parents about this year’s potentially hazardous products. Courtney Friel reports from East Hollywood for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.

  • Two boys were rescued after being trapped inside collapsed igloo in parking lot outside New York home. (Credit: CNN)

    Two Little Boys Rescued After Being Buried Alive for Hours by Snow Plow

    Two little boys have something to be thankful for this year following their rescue after spending hours buried under a pile of snow in New York. The boys, ages 9 and 7, were building a fort Wednesday evening when a snow plow came through a parking lot near their homes in Newburgh. It pushed even more of the white stuff into the snow bank in which they were playing, leaving them trapped underneath the snow for several hours, according to […]

  • Michael Hanline looks toward his wife at the conclusion of proceedings where his conviction was vacated in Ventura County Superior Court on Monday. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

    California’s Longest-Serving Wrongfully Convicted Inmate Set Free in Ventura

    A wrongfully convicted man who spent 36 years behind bars in California was set free Monday. In Ventura, Superior Court Judge Donald D. Coleman ordered Michael Ray Hanline, 68, to be released but required that he still wear a GPS monitoring device. It was found that DNA evidence collected at the crime scene did not match Hanline’s or that of his alleged accomplice, according to court documents. Also, a key witness was found to be under the influence of drugs […]

  • A wanted poster of Davion Harrison and Derell “DJ” Clark who were being sought in the shooting death death of tow-truck driver Steve Lawson.

    Two Men Sought in Death of Tow-Truck Driver Shot Over Repossessed Car

    Authorities and family members were asking for the public’s help Wednesday for information leading to the capture of two men being sought in the South Gate shooting death of tow-truck driver. Davion Harrison and Derell “DJ” Clark were wanted in connection with the death of Steve Lawson, a tow-truck driver who was shot and killed while legally repossessing a vehicle in Compton just before 4 a.m. July 27. At a news conference Wednesday, authorities and Lawson’s family pleaded for help finding the […]

  • Authorities responded to reports of burglars inside a tented home in Paramount on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man in Custody Following Hours-Long Standoff at Tented Home in Paramount

    One man was in custody Wednesday following an hours-long standoff with SWAT officers at a tented home in Paramount. Deputies responded about 5 a.m. to a residence in the 15700 block of Verdura Avenue (map) after burglars were reported inside, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. The standoff developed when what was though to be several intruders, but turned out to be just one man, refused authorities’ instructions to exit the house, according to the LASD. The SWAT team was […]

  • Evangelina Padilla-Vaccaro was with her parents at UCLA on Nov. 18, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    UCLA Stem-Cell Researcher Cures Children With ‘Bubble Baby’ Disease

    A UCLA medical researcher was lauded Tuesday for developing a groundbreaking new stem-cell gene-therapy treatment that has cured 18 children with so-called “bubble baby” disease which left them without an immune system. Dr. Donald Kohn’s gene therapy removed the young patients’ own blood stem cells from their bone marrow, added a missing gene in the laboratory, and then transplanted the cells back into their bodies, he said. For parents Alysia and Christian Padilla-Vaccaro, Kohn’s therapy was a godsend. It allowed their daughter […]

  • Javier Bolden is escorted back into court last month after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder in the 2012 shooting deaths of two graduate students who were killed while sitting in a parked car near USC. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

    22-Year-Old Convicted of Murder of 2 USC Grad Students Has ‘No Remorse,’ Judge Says at Sentencing

    One of two men found guilty of the murders of two USC graduate students from China was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole at a hearing where the judge described the case as one of the saddest he had presided over. Javier Bolden, 22, was found guilty last month in the deaths of Ming Qu and Ying Wu, who were gunned down while parked outside a home near USC. The April 2012 killings of the […]