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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
  • Felicia Smith, 24, is seen in a photo provided by her family.

    Family Mourns Woman Fatally Hit by Train in Sylmar After Boyfriend Tried Saving Her

    The family of a woman struck and killed by a train in Sylmar just a day earlier spoke about her love of helping others and described the final moments of her life in an interview with KTLA Tuesday. Felicia Smith would have turned 25, along with her twin sister, on May 10, her mother said. But the young woman lost her life Monday while she was waiting for a Metrolink train in the 12000 block of Frank Modugno Drive, officials said. Earlier […]

  • Trump Orders Strikes on Syria in Response to Deadly Chemical Attack

    The US, UK and France launched strikes against targets at three sites in Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning, following a week of threats of retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in the Damascus enclave of Douma. “I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said late Friday at the White House. The strikes were launched at 9 […]

  • Authorities chase a Toyota Camry on the southbound 405 Freeway in the West L.A. area on April 12, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Authorities Detain Driver of Stolen Camry on Southbound 405 Freeway in Hawthorne Following Lengthy Pursuit

    Officials took the driver of a stolen vehicle into custody on the southbound 405 Freeway in the Hawthorne area following a 70-mile pursuit that stretched from the Inland Empire to South Bay on Thursday. The chase began around 6:25 p.m. when a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy tried to stop the stolen Toyota Camry near the intersection of Peyton and Olympic View drives in Chino Hills. The motorist failed to yield, sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said. The pursuit ended around […]

  • A man speaks at an Orange City Council meeting where lawmakers discussed taking a formal stance against California's "sanctuary state" laws on April 10, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Orange City Council Weighs Opposition to California’s ‘Sanctuary State’ Laws

    City councils in Newport Beach and Orange may join other parts of Orange County in taking action to exempt themselves from California’s so-called “sanctuary state” laws, which the state is being sued over. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on April 10, 2018.

  • Man Beaten Up After Chasing Down Trio Who Were Possibly Tampering With His Car: Garden Grove Police

    Police are searching for three individuals who assaulted a man after he interrupted them as they possibly tampered with his vehicle in Garden Grove Thursday night, police said. Officers initially responded about 10:50 p.m. to the area of Brookhurst Street and Central Avenue regarding a fight in progress, according to a Garden Grove Police Department news release. Police learned that the victim confronted and chased the trio after witnessing them loitering around his car and possibly tampering with it. At […]

  • YouTube Shooter’s Brother Said He Called Police, Warned Them in Advance After Sister Reported Missing

    The woman who opened fire at YouTube headquarters Tuesday practiced shooting at a gun range hours before the attack, police said. She then took her 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun to the Silicon Valley campus and shot three people she apparently didn’t know, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said. All this because Nasim Najafi Aghdam was upset with YouTube’s practices and policies. “We know she was upset with YouTube, and now we’ve determined that was the motive,” Barberini […]

  • Huntington Beach City Council Moves Toward Suing California Over ‘Sanctuary’ Law

    Huntington Beach plans to file a lawsuit against California and the state attorney general to challenge the legality of state mandates that expand protections for undocumented immigrants. Huntington Beach joined a group of other Orange County cities — as well as the Board of Supervisors — in fighting the sanctuary state movement. Fullerton will consider similar action tonight. City Attorney Michael Gates said he would file the suit this week after the City Council gave its approval Monday night on […]

  • Kush is seen in a South Los Angeles shelter on March 24, 2018, after she was shot by Los Angeles police. (Credit: Norma Lopez)

    LAPD Enters Family’s Home, Shoots Dog While Investigating Hollywood Neighborhood

    A family in Hollywood is seeking redress after their pit bull was shot by police officers who entered their home while investigating a crime that occurred nearby. The dog, Kush, was left badly injured in the incident, which took place on Saturday, and is currently at the city’s South Los Angeles animal shelter awaiting surgery to reconstruct her jaw, her family said, but they can’t afford it. Officers were conducting an investigation on the 5800 block of Willoughby Avenue around […]

  • A woman is seen being handcuffed at the scene where a car crashed in the city of Industry following a pursuit earlier on March 27, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Pursuit Ends in Crash in Bassett Following Report of Kidnapping by Mother

    A police pursuit ended in Bassett after authorities received a report about a woman who took off with her children — who she does not have custody of — during a visit with them Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The woman was having a supervised visit with her kids at the Department of Children and Family Services office in Ladera Heights, when the monitor “turned her back” and the woman managed to leave with the kids, Sheriff’s Department […]