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Mary Beth McDade
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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
  • Dangerous rip currents on Tuesday prompted a mass rescue operation in Venice where at least 28 swimmers were pulled from the water. (Credit: LACFD Lifeguards)

    L.A. County Lifeguards Perform ‘Blitz’ Rescue in Venice, Saving Dozens of Swimmers From Rip Currents

    Dangerous rip currents Tuesday prompted a mass rescue operation in Venice where at least 28 swimmers were pulled from the water. Mary Beth McDade reports from Venice for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

  • #100days100nights: Gang Threats of Violence on Social Media Draw Fear

    Back in the 1980s when Skipp Townsend was an active member of the Rollin’ 20s Bloods, gang threats were handled by word of mouth and gang members would use barren walls as their bulletin boards by spray painting the names of their targets or calling out people as “snitches.” “Writing on the walls was the No. 1 way of getting the message across,” he said. Now, there’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and rumors are easier to circulate. For Townsend, who […]

  • Former "Deadliest Catch" producer Joe McMahon, 25, is seen in a Facebook photo.

    Former ‘Deadliest Catch’ Producer Fatally Shot in East Pasadena; Suspect Found Dead

    A 25-year-old former producer of the reality TV series “Deadliest Catch” was fatally shot in East Pasadena early Friday, and a suspect in the killing was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound hours later, authorities said. The first man, Joe McMahon had been an employee of Original Productions, which produces the popular TV show, the Discovery Channel told KTLA. He last worked on the series, which depicts the lives of Alaskan crab fishermen, in 2013. “We are heartsick about this tragedy […]

  • The Orange County Sheriff's Department tweeted this photo of the "Snowbird Bandit" on July 23, 2015. He was identified as allegedly being retired LAPD detective Randolph Bruce Adair.

    Retired LAPD Detective, 70, Suspected of Being ‘Snowbird Bandit,’ Robbing 5 Orange County Banks: OCSD

    A 70-year-old retired Los Angeles Police Department detective was identified Thursday as the “Snowbird Bandit,” who robbed five Orange County banks between March and July, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Randolph Bruce Adair, of Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested Wednesday after several family members saw media reports about the “Snowbird Bandit” and contacted investigators, according to OCSD. Details regarding what information family members were able to provide was not given, and a booking photo was not released due to the ongoing investigation. […]

  • A photo of Erica Alonso posted on her GiveForward memorial page, where she was described as "fierce" and "strong."

    Erica Alonso Had Lethal Amounts of Alcohol, GHB in Her System; Death Not Believed Homicide

    A Laguna Hills woman whose decomposed body was found off Ortega Highway some 2 1/2 months after she disappeared had alcohol and a date-rape drug in her system, authorities announced Wednesday. The combination and amounts of alcohol and gamma hydroxybutyrate, or GHB, in Erica Alonso’s system were lethal, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner Division. The 27-year-old’s death was caused by an overdose, but the manner of her death was not determined, according to a sheriff’s news release. Alonso […]

  • One of the damaged units is seen after a ceiling collapsed at an apartment building in Huntington Beach. (Credit: KTLA)

    Ceiling Collapses at Huntington Beach Apartment Building Amid Powerful Summer Storm

    A ceiling collapsed at an apartment building in Huntington Beach after water from this weekend’s powerful summer storm collected on the structure’s roof, which officials said was undergoing some recent work. Contractors had been working at the Casa Del Sol apartment building located in the 21600 block of Brookhurst Street (map) before the storm’s arrival, according to Chief Jeff Lopez of the Huntington Beach Fire Department. “The contractor apparently did tarp the roof in an effort to deal with the rain that […]

  • Multiple vehicles were engulfed in flames, aerial video showed. (Credit: KTLA)

    3,500-Acre North Fire in Cajon Pass Burns Homes and Vehicles, Shuts Down 15 Freeway

    A dangerous, fast-moving wildfire spread through the Cajon Pass on Friday, damaging several homes and threatening about 50 others after jumping the 15 Freeway and destroying some 20 vehicles stopped on the pavement. The fire started about 2:30 p.m. off the freeway just north of State Route 138 (map), prompting the closure of all southbound and northbound lanes of the 15 Freeway. Responding fire crews were stuck in the resulting gridlock and CHP was urging drivers to avoid the area. The North Fire was […]

  • Surveillance video released by Seal Beach police showed a motorist being attacked by a man with a tire iron on Sunday, June 28, 2015.

    Teen Arrested in ‘Random’ Tire-Iron Attack on Motorist at Seal Beach Gas Station

    Police arrested a teenager Thursday in a what was described as a “random act of violence” targeting a motorist getting gas at a Mobil station in Seal Beach last month. The male 17-year-old suspect was arrested in Cypress for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to a news release from the Seal Beach Police Department. Surveillance video captured the attack around 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 at a Mobil Gas Station in the 12000 block of Seal Beach Boulevard. […]

  • Malibu Search and Rescue Team posted photos on Facebook of the rescue on July 1, 2015.

    Rescued Simi Valley Woman Was Stuck in Crashed SUV in Canyon for 2 Days

    A Simi Valley woman who has been missing since Monday was rescued and hospitalized after passersby heard cries coming from her crashed SUV over the side of a roadway in the Santa Monica Mountains, authorities said. Jenifer Duron, 40, had last been seen leaving her Simi Valley home Monday morning, driving her 2014 white Kia Sorento. She told family members she was going to Malibu for a run on the beach, according to the Simi Valley Police Department. Then, on Wednesday […]