Mary Beth McDade
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Award-winning journalist Mary Beth McDade is a reporter and anchor for KTLA.

Prior to joining the KTLA news team, she worked at KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV as a reporter and fill-in anchor. While there, she covered everything from the passing of Anna Nicole Smith in Miami to the major earthquake that rocked Hawaii in 2006. She was also the only L.A. reporter to conduct a jailhouse interview with Skylar Deleon after he was convicted of murdering a Newport Beach couple.

Mary Beth also spent a great deal of time in New York throughout her career. She was the weekend anchor at News 12 Long Island, where she often hosted its weekly news talk shows "Ad Issue" and "Reporter Roundtable." When she wasn't behind the anchor desk at the 24-hour news channel, she was out pounding the pavement as a general assignment reporter and putting together blockbuster investigative series. She won a Long Island Press Club Award and a Gilbert Award for her "Gangs of Long Island" series.

Mary Beth earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Manhattan College where she was a member of both the communications and the government and politics honor societies. She graduated with honors.


Recent Articles
  • Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, is escorted away from the front of the Ferguson Police Department after a grand jury's decision was delivered on Nov. 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. A St. Louis County grand jury has decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown that sparked riots in Ferguson in August. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict: Officer Darren Wilson Not Charged in Shooting of Michael Brown

    A Missouri grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said Monday night. The issue has become a flashpoint for racial tension in the St. Louis suburb; Brown was black and Wilson is white. Brown’s father and others have called for calm ahead of the grand jury’s decision, which has left the community on edge amid concerns over the possibility […]

  • Michael Brown was shot and killed by police, sparking outrage and protests in Missouri. (Credit: CNN)

    LAPD, Community Leaders Prepare Ahead of Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

    The Los Angeles Police Department and local community leaders were preparing Friday in anticipation of how the public may react to the upcoming grand jury decision on whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in August. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 11 on Nov. 21, 2014. More Video:

  • Protesters rally in opposition to the UC Board of Regents meeting on proposed tuition hikes in San Francisco on Nov. 19, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

    UC Regents Approve Tuition Hike Despite Opposition, Protests

    Over the din of students chanting protest slogans, the University of California regents on Thursday voted 14-7 to approve tuition increases of as much as 5% for each of the next five years. As about 25 students in the meeting room yelled “Hey, hey, ho, ho, tuition hikes have got to go,” the actual voice vote of the regents could not be heard by the public. The vote for the increases sets up months of negotiations and political posturing before […]

  • Firefighters search for victims after an explosion leveled a home in Muscoy on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (Credit: San Bernardino Fire Department)

    Home Leveled by Deadly Explosion in San Bernardino County Considered Crime Scene

    Investigators were trying to determine the cause of what was initially believed to be a gas explosion at a home in the community of Muscoy in San Bernardino County that killed one person and left two others in critical condition. Fire crews responded around 6 p.m. to a home in the 3300 block of Gray Street (map). Nearly a third of the structure was leveled, firefighters said. The body of a man was discovered inside the rubble of the home, […]

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    Heavily Tattooed Assault Suspect Sought in Halloween Attack in Hollywood

    Police were asking for the public’s help Friday in identifying a man involved in an assault outside the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood on Halloween. The incident began inside the hotel on Oct. 31 when two men got into as a dispute over alcohol service, said Capt. David Storaker of the Los Angeles Police Department. “It had to do with them paying for the drink service and whether or not they were allowed to be at the table where they were at,” […]

  • Downey Police officer was wounded Thursday while working an undercover narcotics operation in San Bernardino. (Credit: KTLA)

    Downey Police Officer Shot Three Times During Undercover Operation in San Bernardino

    A Downey Police officer was shot and wounded Thursday while working an undercover narcotics operation in San Bernardino. Several officers had followed a narcotics suspect to a home in the 1000 block of East Rialto Avenue. Officers surrounded the home around 6 p.m. and were preparing to move in when they came under fire by someone at the residence, according to police at the scene. Downey officers fired back, killing the gunman. During the gun battle, an unidentified officer was […]

  • Joseph Gatto is seen in an undated file photo.

    As Memorial Highway Is Named for Joseph Gatto, LAPD Asks for Tips in Unsolved Killing

    On a day when a freeway was dedicated in his name exactly a year after his death, the slain father of a state assemblyman was the subject of a renewed plea from Los Angeles police and his family for information leading to an arrest and prosecution in his killing. Joseph Gatto, a highly-respected retired art teacher and jewelry-maker, was found shot to death in his home in an affluent area of the Silver Lake neighborhood on the evening of Nov. […]

  • Wild Pursuit Across SoCal Golf Course Ends in Deadly Shooting

    A police chase in Riverside County on Tuesday afternoon ended with a deputy fatally shooting a suspect, authorities said. The suspect, who has not been identified, was shot about 2:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Palma Bonita Lane in the city of Perris, said Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Albert Martinez. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, Martinez said. He did not know the gender of the individual. The chase began in Corona and moved into Perris. Martinez […]

  • The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department released this photo of Charles Merritt, suspected in the deaths of the McStay family, during a news conference on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.

    Business Associate Charged in ‘Cold and Callous Murder’ of Entire McStay Family: DA

    Almost a year to the day after an off-road motorcyclist found the remains of a California family who had vanished from their home in 2010, authorities announced Friday they had arrested the man they believe is responsible for the deaths. Charles “Chase” Ray Merritt is charged with four counts of murder in the deaths of Joseph and Summer McStay and their two small boys, Gianni and Joseph Jr., San Bernardino County, California, District Attorney Michael Ramos told reporters at a […]