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
  • President Obama said ahead of the busy Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. government is "taking every possible step" to keep the country safe and prevent acts of terror. (Credit: Pool. Photo taken Nov. 25, 2015)

    Obama: No ‘Specific and Credible Threat’ to US Ahead of Thanksgiving Holiday

    Ahead of the busy Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. government is “taking every possible step” to keep the country safe, President Barack Obama said Wednesday, seeking to reassure travelers and adding there is no known “specific and credible threat” to the U.S. “We are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe,” Obama said following a meeting with his national security advisers. Obama said he and his team “know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the […]

  • Police respond to a fatal confrontation at a Starbucks in Santa Ana on Nov. 24, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Dead After Being Hit in Head by Skateboarder in Act of Self-Defense at Santa Ana Starbucks: Witnesses

    A young man used a skateboard to fatally strike another man who was harassing him and other customers at a Santa Ana Starbucks on Tuesday, according to accounts from witnesses and police. The incident occurred shortly after noon at a Starbucks in a strip mall near South Bristol Street and West MacArthur Boulevard, close to South Coast Plaza. Two eyewitnesses told KTLA that a man was pacing back and forth, bothering coffee shop customers outside the Starbucks location, and then began […]

  • French special forces and medical vehicles are seen on Rue de la Republique on Nov. 18, 2015 in Saint-Denis, France.  (Credit: Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)

    US State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert Due to Terrorist Attack Threats

    The United States issued a worldwide travel alert Monday for Americans amid concerns that terror groups and individuals plan more attacks after the Paris massacres. The State Department warned that groups like ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram “continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.” It also warned of the possibility of individuals carrying out their own attacks. “These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests,” the […]

  • Downey police Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez is shown in a photo distributed by LASD on Nov. 19, 2015.

    3 Suspects ID’d in Fatal Shooting of Downey Officer, Including 16-Year-Old Charged as Adult With Murder

    The names were released Friday of all three suspects arrested and booked on suspicion of murder in the death of a Downey police officer who was gunned down earlier this week during a botched robbery attempt. The youngest, a 16-year-old boy, has been charged as an adult with one count of murder in connection with the shooting, authorities announced Friday. Abel Diaz, of Bellflower, was initially expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to a news […]

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    Experts Address Common Shark Myths

    Sharks may have existed for more than 400 million years, but even today, these creatures of the deep are still plagued by common myths. Mary Beth McDade reports from Santa Monica for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Nov. 19, 2015.

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    Sharks Not ‘Vicious Killers,’ Says Expert at Cal State Long Beach

    Sharks are one of the most terrifying species above and below the water. But scientists insist people should not fear the fish, but rather fear for them. Sharks are disappearing and research shows a 90 percent drop in the crucial population. Continuing in KTLA’s special “Shark Encounters” series, Mary Beth McDade is with Cal State Long Beach’s Shark Lab trying to find the elusive creatures. Mary Beth McDade reports on the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Nov. 18, 2015.

  • French National Police shared this photo of Abdeslam Salah on Twitter after issuing an international arrest warrant for the Belgian-born man on Nov. 15, 2015.

    Brother of Paris Attack Suspect Urges Him to Surrender

    The older brother of Salah Abdeslam — the man being hunted internationally for his alleged role in the Paris terror attacks last week — urged the suspect Tuesday to turn himself over to authorities. “I would tell him to surrender. That’s the best solution,” Mohamed Abdeslam told CNN’s Erin Burnett. “But of course, if he has something to do with it, he must accept responsibility.” Another Abdeslam brother, Ibrahim, reportedly blew himself up outside a cafe during a series of […]

  • Fellow Cal State Long Beach students were among those who gathered for a vigil honoring Nohemi Gonzalez on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Nohemi Gonzalez Vigil: Hundreds Gather to Honor Cal State Long Beach Student Slain in Paris Attacks

    Hundreds gathered Sunday afternoon at Cal State Long Beach for a vigil honoring the memory of a student who died while studying abroad in Paris. Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, was one of 129 people who died Friday after the city came under attack. Gonzalez was an “exceptional young woman who worked hard and contributed greatly to our community,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said Sunday before the vigil. It was Gonzalez’s dream to visit the City of Light, and she was attending a […]

  • People run after hearing what is believed to be explosions or gun shots near Place de la Republique square in Paris on November 13, 2015. At least 18 people were killed in several shootings and explosions in Paris today, police said. (Credit: Getty Images)

    More Than 150 Killed in Coordinated Attacks in Paris; 8 Terrorists Dead

    On a night when thousands of Paris residents and tourists were reveling and fans were enjoying a soccer match between France and world champion Germany, horror struck in an unprecedented manner. Terrorists — some with AK-47s, some reportedly with bombs strapped to them — attacked sites throughout the French capital and at the stadium where the soccer match was underway. Scores were killed in the coordinated attacks late Friday, leaving a nation in mourning and the world in shock. CNN […]