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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
  • Hikers walk along a rugged trail that is under a red flag warning on Oct. 6, 2017. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

    Dry, Gusty Winds Expected This Weekend; Red Flag Warning Issued for Los Angeles-Area Mountains

    Southern California this weekend is getting a preview of this season’s Santa Ana winds, the National Weather Service said. Starting Friday and ending Saturday night, vegetation in Los Angeles-area mountains will dry out as warm, dry air blows across the landscape at 15 to 20 mph with occasional 40 mph gusts, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service. The winds won’t be strong enough to be official Santa Ana winds, but their effect is the same — they increase […]

  • Stephen Paddock’s Brother Allegedly Threatened, Spied on San Fernando Valley Shop Owner

    An old friend says Bruce Paddock, the brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, threatened to kill him and was living in his San Fernando Valley shop space as a squatter, spying on him and others. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Oct. 11, 2017.

  • Police in New York and London Investigate Sex Crime Allegations Against Harvey Weinstein

    Police on both sides of the Atlantic are investigating Harvey Weinstein over allegations of sexual assault as the scandal surrounding the disgraced Hollywood movie mogul mounts. In London, the Metropolitan Police are investigating an allegation of sexual assault against Weinstein, while in New York, his hometown, police are reviewing claims made by victims interviewed in a bombshell New Yorker article. The news comes on the heels of mounting accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein. The studio executive and political power […]

  • Scenes from inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Caution tape line the doors of the gunman's suite on the 32nd floor of the hotel.(Credit: Polaris Images)

    California Student Injured During Las Vegas Mass Shooting Files Lawsuit; Authorities Investigating Shooter’s Timeline

    A California college student injured in the Las Vegas music festival massacre filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the hotel owners, the concert promoter and bump stock manufacturers, claiming they were all liable in the mass shooting. The claims against MGM Resorts International, which owns both Mandalay Bay and the concert venue that hosted the festival, raise more questions about a timeline that has changed numerous times — and, according to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, could change again. The suit also […]

  • Firefighters respond to a crash where multiple people were injured on Oct. 10, 2017. (Credit KTLA)

    5 Critically Injured in Northridge Crash: LAFD

    Five people were critically injured in Northridge crash Tuesday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The crash was reported about 3:50 p.m. along the 19500 block of West Roscoe Boulevard. A silver Tacoma pickup truck and a blue sedan were involved in the crash, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials, who initially described the incident as a hit-and-run. A mother, father and their three sons, who range in age from 18-months to 10-years-old, were all injured in […]

  • Home burn in the Canyon Fire 2 in Anaheim on Oct. 9, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    At Least 6 Homes Destroyed as Canyon Fire 2 Moves Quickly Into Anaheim Hills Neighborhoods

    Wind-driven flames spread uphill from State Route 241, and the first home caught fire shortly before noon Monday. Then additional homes quickly began to burn in a neighborhood of million-dollar houses that line cul-de-sacs in northeast Anaheim Hills. The area was blanketed in smoke. Gusts of up to 45 mph fanned the blaze, which was  dubbed Canyon Fire 2 for its proximity to a fire by the same name that burned 2,662 acres nearby just two weeks earlier. In the […]

  • SoCal Residents ID’d Among the Dead, Wounded in Las Vegas Mass Shooting

    Several Southern California residents were among the more than 50 killed or more than 500 wounded during Sunday night’s mass shooting at an open-air concert in Las Vegas, including law enforcement and firefighting crews. Other media reports have indicated there are more local victims, including a young Murrietta mother, a Santa Clarita father and a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan. Rachel Parker  Among the more than 50 people killed by suspected gunman Stephen Paddock at the Route 91 Harvest festival […]

  • O.J. Simpson listens during a parole hearing on July 20, 2017. (Credit: Pool)

    Ron Goldman’s Father, Expert Discuss Upcoming Release of O.J. Simpson, Who Plans to Focus on ‘Friends, Family and Golf’

    The last leg of O.J. Simpson’s odyssey to freedom will cut through one of the grayest, most desolate stretches of America. Signposts suggest it will end at one of the country’s most affluent green enclaves. As early as Sunday, the former professional football player who fell from grace will go over the terms and conditions of his parole with officials. Simpson will be driven south more than 400 miles from the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada through a vast stretch of relative […]

  • LAPD Officer Involved in Possible DUI Crash That Killed 3 on 605 Freeway Released From Jail

    The Los Angeles police officer who had been arrested following a deadly crash in which alcohol possibly played a role was released from custody on Thursday, according to inmate records. Edgar Verduzco, 26, left Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles around 5:10 p.m. due to insufficient grounds to file charges, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department inmate database shows. Earlier in the day, Officer Al Perez with the California Highway Patrol — which is investigating the incident — told KTLA […]