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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
  • Horses that survived the Lilac Fire in their stalls are loaded onto a trailer in the early morning hours of Dec. 8, 2017, near Bonsall. (Credit: David McNew / Getty Images)

    About 25 Horses Die After Lilac Fire Sweeps Through San Luis Rey Downs Training Site

    A day after the devastating fire that swept through part of the San Luis Rey Downs training site, saddened and sickened horsemen were trying to keep up their spirits amid a blackened area that one trainer described as a war scene. Late Thursday afternoon a wind-driven fire descended on this 500-stall facility for thoroughbreds. The threat was there but not menacing, until it hit. As a precaution, some horses were being transported to Del Mar in the morning and early afternoon, some […]

  • A home is consumed by fire during the Thomas fire on December 7, 2017 in Ojai. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Thomas Fire Raging in Ventura County Increases to About 180 Square Miles; Nearly 440 Structures Destroyed

    This is a developing wildfire story. Please check back frequently for updates. The Thomas Fire, which continues burning in Ventura County and is moving toward Santa Barbara, has increased to 115,000 acres, or about 180 square miles, officials announced Thursday evening. The blaze, which began in Santa Paula area on Monday, is 5 percent contained. Nearly 440 structures have been destroyed in the fire, officials estimated, but explained that the number is preliminary. In Ventura, 427 structures were destroyed, while […]

  • The Thomas Fire reaches the 101 Freeway north of Ventura Wednesday evening. (Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

    ‘Out of Control’ Thomas Fire in Ventura County Grows to 90,000 Acres, Prompts Additional Evacuations

    This is a developing wildfire story. Please check back frequently for updates. An erratic fire in Ventura County that has burned in several cities has grown to 90,000 acres and was just 5 percent contained as it headed north toward Santa Barbara County, and more evacuations were ordered Wednesday evening as winds kicked up in the area. As of Wednesday night, the fire was burning on the north and east side of Highway 150, the west side of Highway 33 […]

  • Dozens of homes appeared to be destroyed in one Ventura neighborhood after the Thomas Fire ripped through. (Credit: Brian Van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

    At Least 150 Homes Destroyed as 55,000-Acre Thomas Fire Rages in Ventura County

    The Thomas Fire has burned more than 85-square miles in Ventura County, leaving behind charred neighborhoods as the wind-whipped blaze destroyed at least 150 homes in the area. Mary Beth McDade reports from Ventura for the KTLA 5 News at 11 on Dec. 5, 2017.

  • The Thomas Fire left a trail of destruction as it burned in the Santa Paula area on Dec. 4, 2017. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Evacuations Ordered as Wind-Driven Thomas Fire Explodes to 10,000 Acres; Homes in Santa Paula, Ventura Threatened

    Update: Authorities said Tuesday that only animal remains were found at the site where a person who was believed to have died in a vehicle crash associated with the Thomas Fire. No human remains were found. Updated coverage can be found here. Thousands of homes are under evacuation orders as a wind-driven brush fire quickly grew to at least 10,000 acres, threatening homes in Santa Paula and Ventura on Monday evening and leading to the death of at least one person, […]

  • A structure was fully involved in flames as the Thomas Fire burned in the Santa Paula area on Dec. 4, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Thomas Fire: List of Mandatory Evacuation Orders and Road Closures in Ventura County

    A wind-whipped brush fire quickly grew to 10,000 acres Monday night in the Santa Paula area, prompting Ventura County authorities to issue mandatory evacuations for hundreds of homes and close down area roads, including Highway 150. Here’s a list of mandatory evacuation order and road closures that are in effect Monday night. More than 10,000 homes have been evacuated thus far. Evacuation orders were in effect in the following area: -Weast of Dickenson Road, north of Monte Vista Drive along […]

  • Matt Lauer appears on NBC's 'Today' at the NBC's TODAY Show on August 22, 2014 in New York City. (Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

    NBC Fires Matt Lauer After Complaint About ‘Inappropriate Sexual Behavior’

    Matt Lauer was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,” the network announced. Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of the “Today” show. “We are devastated,” she said. The “Today” show is one of the most popular and most profitable franchises on American television. Lauer was the cornerstone of the program for two decades. So his sudden ouster came as a shock to viewers — but not […]

  • Man Accused of Stealing $340K Ferrari With Keys Inside Caught After Asking for Gas Money at O.C. Mobil Station

    A man who allegedly stole a more than $300,000 Ferrari from an Orange County auto service center was apprehended after asking for money to buy gas at a Mobil Station in Santa Ana, the vehicle’s owner’s boyfriend told KTLA Tuesday night. The ordeal began in mid-October, after the car was dropped off at the Ferrari and Maserati of Newport Beach service center in Costa Mesa. Eadweard York, whose girlfriend owned the vehicle, said that they had dropped the car to […]

  • A traveler prepares to check in at Los Angeles International Airport on Dec. 22, 2016. (Credit: RINGO CHIU/AFP/Getty Images)

    LAX Expected to Be Among Nations Busiest Airports This Thanksgiving

    Travelers started showing up early at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday in anticipation of one of the busiest travel days of the year.