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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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  • 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 […]

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    KTLA’s Courtney Friel, Jason Ball Complete ‘Shatterproof Challenge’

    KTLA reporter Courtney Friel and News Director Jason Ball rappelled down a 26-story building in downtown Los Angeles Thursday to benefit “Shatterproof,” an organization that is trying to change how people think about addicts. This story aired on the KTLA 5 News at 1 on July 14, 2016.

  • Protestors gather in downtown Los Angeles on July 12, 2016 after the city’s Police Commission found that the fatal shooting of a black woman in 2015 did not violate the department’s deadly force policy. (Credit: KTLA)

    Commission Finds Officers Were Within LAPD Policy in Baldwin Hills Fatal Shooting; Protestors Gather Downtown

    As hundreds of demonstrators descended on downtown Los Angeles, the city’s Police Commission on Tuesday faulted two LAPD officers for their tactics leading up to the killing of a black woman in South L.A. last year, but found that the fatal shooting did not violate the department’s deadly force policy. The board’s decision touched off protests outside the LAPD’s downtown headquarters that quickly moved across the street to City Hall, where activists pounded on the glass doors and decried how […]

  • Finley Smallwood appears in a still from a "Dare to Dance" video with Los Angeles firefighters.

    ‘Dare to Dance’: Corona Family Starts Online Video Campaign for Girl, 2, With Cerebral Palsy

    A Corona couple is raising money for a potentially life-changing surgery for their nearly 3-year-old daughter, who has cerebral palsy and has never been able to walk. They’re hoping to raise awareness of her disorder with a dance challenge — and the Los Angeles Fire Department was ready with an initial response that was posted online Monday. Firefighters with the department’s North Hollywood station got down to Meghan Trainor’s “Better When I’m Dancin’” to bring attention to the plight of […]