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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
  • ‘No-Body Murder Charge’ Filed Against South Pasadena Father Suspected of Killing Missing 5-Year-Old Son: DA

    The South Pasadena father arrested late last week in Las Vegas on suspicion of killing his missing 5-year-old son has been charged with murder even though the boy’s body has not been found, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said Monday. Lacey made the announcement at a late Monday morning news conference, where officials released new information on the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Aramazd Andressian Sr., who is accused of killing his 5-year-old son. Andressian Sr. 35, was arrested […]

  • Community Rallies at Cedars-Sinai for Mother Who Died During Childbirth; Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    Family, friends and organizers gathered for a vigil at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Friday after 39-year-old Kyira Dixon Johnson died at the hospital following a C-section delivery. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on June 23, 2017.

  • South Bay Commuters Irate Over L.A. Councilman’s ‘One Lane Madness’ in Playa del Rey

    South Bay commuters looking to avoid the 405 Freeway have long taken an alternate route through Playa del Rey, passing the coastline and the Ballona Wetlands to reach Santa Monica. The route is popular – with more than 24,000 vehicles per day – but some residents complained that harried commuters speeding through the neighborhood put pedestrians and children at risk. The friction came to a head this month, when Los Angeles officials eliminated 9.4 miles of traffic lanes and added […]

  • Manhattan Beach Considers Suing L.A. Dept. of Transportation Over Lane-Reduction Project

    Manhattan Beach officials are considering suing the Los Angeles Department of Transportation over a lane-reduction project meant to prevent traffic fatalities. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on June 22, 2017.

  • Bone-Sniffing Dogs Headed to Search for Amelia Earhart’s Remains on Remote Island Near Fiji

    A team of bone-sniffing dogs and their handlers passed through LAX Wednesday night as part of their trip to a remote island near Fiji where they will be tasked with searching for the remains of Amelia Earhart. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on June 21, 2017.

  • Woodland Hills Mansion Catches Fire After Massive Gas Explosion: LAFD

    Crews battled a dangerous blaze Monday evening at a Woodland Hills mansion that went up in flames after a massive gas explosion. The fire was reported about 7:40 p.m. at a two-story mansion located at 4961 Marmol Drive, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a news release. Crews on scene reported heavy fire and at least one gas explosion. Responding firefighters attacked the fire from the outside of the mansion as the structured was “compromised.” LAFD officials told KTLA […]

  • Hospital Prayer Vigil Held for 2 Men Shot in The Head in Separate Harbor City Shootings

    Family, friends and community members gathered Monday night to pray for two young men who were shot in the head in separate shootings in Harbor City. The two men , who were gunned down in the same neighborhood one week apart, are hospitalized in the same intensive care unit at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. Anthony Iniguez, 20, was shot Saturday about 12:45 a.m. while riding his bike home in the area of Normandie Avenue and 252nd Street. Family members […]

  • Wife Arrested on Suspicion of Killing Celebrity Hairstylist Husband in Woodland Hills

    The wife of a slain celebrity hairstylist was arrested on suspicion of killing her husband in their Woodland Hills home, according to news reports. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department jail records indicate Monica Sementilli, 45, was arrested on Wednesday. She is suspected in the death of her husband, Coty Inc. executive Fabio Sementilli, the Los Angeles Times reported. The 49-year-old stylist was found by paramedics on the outdoor patio of a home in the 5000 block of Queen Victoria Road on Jan. 23 with several […]

  • Woman Dragged by Car on Santa Ana Freeway ‘Held on for Dear Life,’ Witness Says

    Drivers on the 55 Freeway in Santa Ana witnessed a woman hanging out of the side of a car in an apparent conflict with the occupant of that car. The incident was captured on cellphone video, and the California Highway Patrol is investigating. It happened during rush hour Monday on the northbound freeway near the Dyer Road exit, witnesses said. Two friends who saw the strange sight unfold said a woman jumped out of the back of a white sedan […]