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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
  • Cellphone video recorded by a witness shows a teen apparently striking at an off-duty LAPD officer as the officer holds onto another teen in the hedge on Feb. 22, 2017.

    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 of people gathered in Anaheim on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 to protest an off-duty LAPD officer firing his weapon during a struggle with a teen. (Credit: KTLA)

    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 […]

  • Owner Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Sparks laughs with a fan before Game Five of the 2016 WNBA Finals against the Minnesota Lynx on Oct. 11, 2016, at Target Center in Minneapolis. (Credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

    Magic Johnson Named President of Basketball Operations in Lakers Front Office Shakeup

    He’s talked about it. Now Earvin “Magic” Johnson will get the chance to run the Los Angeles Lakers. In a front-office restructuring move, the former Lakers great was named Tuesday as the team’s president of basketball operations. Jeanie Buss, the Lakers governor, made the announcement in a press release. Johnson returned to the Lakers on February 2 to advise ownership on basketball and business. He wasted no time on what his intentions were, telling USA Today after he was hired […]

  • Whittier Police Department Officer Keith Boyer is shown in a photo he posted to his Facebook page on Nov. 27, 2013.

    Police Chief Identifies Officer Killed in Whittier Shootout Calling Him ‘the Best of the Best’

    The officer killed in a shootout Monday in Whittier has been identified as Officer Keith Boyer, a 27-year veteran of the Whittier Police Department. Boyer was hired by the department in 1989 and spent time as a dispatcher, jailer and reserve before becoming a police officer in 1990. He leaves behind grown children, played the drums in a band and had recently been talking about retirement, Whittier police Chief Jeff Piper said at an emotional news conference Monday afternoon. “He […]

  • A powerful storm pounded Southern California on Feb. 17, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    55-Year-Old Man Dies After Suffering Electrical Shock When Power Line Falls in Van Nuys: LAFD

    A 55-year-old man man died Friday when a pine tree fell in Van Nuys, causing power lines to fall on top of a car, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. The deadly incident happened about 12:43 p.m. in the 5300 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard, fire officials reported. The man walked outside shortly after the tree fell and stepped in a puddle of water without knowing the water was charged, an official from the Los Angeles Department of Water and […]

  • This aerial view from a California Department of Water Resources drone shows water flowing over the auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam on Saturday, February 11, 2017, after the lake level exceeded 901 feet elevation above sea level. (Credit: Zack Cunningham / California Department of Water Resources)

    Oroville Dam: Residents Return Home But Cast Wary Eye on Impending Storm

    Residents returned home Tuesday after authorities lifted the mandatory evacuation order around Lake Oroville that affected about 188,000 people. Cars flowed back into the northern California cities and towns that had been deserted for the last two days. On Tuesday, officials downgraded the evacuation order to a warning, allowing residents of Butte, Sutter and Yuba counties to return. With the water level at the lake dropping, authorities became more confident that Lake Oroville could handle the storm headed for the […]

  • The heavy flows from the 3,000-foot main Oroville dam spillway continues to push debris into the turbid Feather River as the concrete span further eroded and the jagged fracture in its midsection sends water flowing over an adjacent hillside. (Credit: Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources)

    Evacuees Allowed to Return Home as Lake Oroville Water Levels Drops; Trump Declares Emergency

    With the water level at California’s Lake Oroville dropping, authorities lifted a mandatory evacuation order, allowing tens of thousands of residents to return to homes near the reservoir’s dam. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea on Tuesday cautioned residents and business owners to “maintain situational awareness” with a series of storms forecast for later in the week. “People who have special needs or require extended time to evacuate should consider remaining evacuated,” the sheriff said. Heavy rains last week caused the […]

  • A roadway was washed away by water from an emergency spillway draining California's second largest reservoir, Lake Oroville.
(Kelly M. Grow/California Department of Water Resources)

    ‘Pure Chaos’: 188,000 Residents Forced to Evacuate Amid Oroville Dam Spillway Emergency

    A day after 188,000 people were evacuated from the towns surrounding Northern California’s Oroville Dam, officials sounded a note of cautious optimism about containing the threat of flooding. Still, the mandatory evacuation order remained in place Monday for Butte, Sutter and Yuba counties. The evacuation was initially ordered Sunday after a massive hole was discovered in an emergency spillway — which catches excess water when Lake Oroville’s water level rises to overflow the dam — threatening communities downstream. Some people […]

  • Damage to a spillway on California's Oroville Dam prompted an urgent call for residents downstream to evacuate to higher ground Sunday, Feb. 13, 2017 (Credit: KCRA).

    Environmental Group Says California Officials Ignored Warnings About Oroville Dam a Decade Ago

    Environmental groups warned 12 years ago that the nation’s tallest dam in California was an imminent disaster. They worried that heavy rain and fast-rising waters could overwhelm the main concrete spillway of the Oroville Dam, overflow the emergency spillway and flood communities downstream. They were ignored. And this weekend, some of their fears were realized. Ron Stork, policy director with Friends of the River, a Sacramento environmental group, said state and federal officials were told to reinforce the spillway. “We […]