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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
  • Man Turns Self in to LAPD Day After 5-Year-Old Boy Is Killed in South L.A. Hit-and-Run

    A man has turned himself in to Los Angeles police Wednesday in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a 5-year-old boy in South Los Angeles and left investigators searching for the driver of an aged SUV. Homer Watford, 19, turned himself into police at LAPD’s 77th Street Division about 2 p.m., accompanied by his family, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. Watford’s cousin, 20-year-old Eric Roberts, who police said was the passenger in the SUV, also went […]

  • Mother Who Abandoned 2-Year-Old Daughter at Food 4 Less Taken Into Custody: Riverside Police

    A 31-year-old woman investigators believe to be the mother of a toddler who was abandoned at a grocery store has been taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, Riverside police said. The suspect was identified midday Tuesday as Chiengkham Vilaysane, and referred to by Riverside police as “Cindy.” She was arrested at a bank in the south end of Riverside after a teller recognized her from news reports, police told KTLA. Vilaysane was cooperating with the investigation and was expected to be booked on felony […]

  • Public’s Help Sought in Identifying Mom Who Abandoned 2-Year-Old Girl at Food 4 Less in Riverside: Police

    Update, Tuesday, March 14: Riverside police have identified a suspect, 31-year-old Chiengkham Vilaysane, in the search for a woman who abandoned a 2-year-old girl at a grocery store. An updated story is here. Original story, Monday, March 13: Police are looking for a mother who abandoned her 2-year-old daughter at a Food 4 Less in Riverside over the weekend, officials reported Monday. Officers responded to the Food 4 Less, located at 4250 Van Buren Blvd., about 5:55 p.m. Sunday in […]

  • El Sereno Man Acting Erratically, Running Through Neighborhood Naked, Neighbors Say

    Residents in one El Sereno neighborhood are speaking out on Friday about a neighbor who has been acting erratically, shouting racist statements and running around naked. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on March 10, 2017.

  • 16-Year-Old Torrance Baseball Player Struck, Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash

    A 16-year-old Torrance baseball player was killed after a game Tuesday night when the minivan his father was driving was struck by two other cars that were involved in a chase following an earlier collision. Jesse Esphorst Jr. was identified by his South High team as the victim in the crash. His 47-year-old father had serious injuries and was in the intensive care unit, the father’s sister said on Facebook. By Wednesday night he had been moved out of the […]

  • 1 Man Fatally Shot, Another Man Wounded in Long Beach Shooting: Police

    One man was killed, and another man was wounded, Wednesday evening when shots were fired in Long Beach, police said. At about 7:05 p.m. police responded to the 100 block of 48th Street after receiving calls about a shooting, Marlene Arrona, of the Long Beach Police Department told KTLA. One man was pronounced dead at the scene by the Long Beach Fire Department. Another man was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said. Residents told KTLA they […]

  • Teen Girl, Man, Woman Killed in Riverside Plane Crash; 2 Survivors Remain Hospitalized

    National Transportation Safety Board officials arrived Tuesday morning to investigate the deadly crash of a small plane into a Riverside home that left three people dead, two others hospitalized, and wreckage strewn over a debris field stretching nearly 150 feet. A teenage girl, a man and a woman were killed when the six-seat, twin-engine Cessna 310 crashed shortly after taking off from Riverside Airport Monday afternoon, Riverside Police Department Officer Ryan Railsback said during a news conference Tuesday morning. Two other […]

  • Criminal Charges Still Possible in Confrontation Between Off-Duty LAPD Officer, Teen That Sparked Protest: Anaheim Police Chief

    Anaheim’s police chief on Thursday said criminal charges could still be sought against “any and all” involved in a caught-on-video incident in which an off-duty LAPD officer fired a weapon during a struggle with a 13-year-old boy earlier this week. Speaking at a news conference in the early afternoon, Chief Raul Quezada said the incident was part of an “ongoing dispute” involving multiple juveniles walking across the officer’s lawn, which escalated Tuesday afternoon into a confrontation between the teen and off-duty officer. During the initial confrontation, […]

  • Hundreds Protest in Anaheim Over Altercation Between Teenager and Off-Duty LAPD Officer Who Fired Gun; 24 People Arrested

    Hundreds of people gathered in Anaheim on Wednesday night to protest the physical altercation between a teenage boy and an off-duty LAPD officer, during which the officer fired his weapon. Aerial footage from Sky5 showed protestors swarming the neighborhood near Euclid Street and Palais Road. Protest organizers say the rally was held to call for charges to be filed against the officer, who the LAPD said was placed on administrative leave. Twenty-four people were arrested during the protest on misdemeanor charges including failure […]