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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.

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  • Pope Francis arrived in Mexico on Feb. 12, 2016 for the start of a five-day visit.  (Credit: CNN)

    Pope Francis Greeted by Thousands of Cheering Followers as He Arrives in Mexico

    Pope Francis arrived in Mexico on Friday evening amid cheers and singing from the thousands of people who gathered at the airport to welcome him. He was greeted by Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto and the first lady. Pope Francis’ first stop on his five-day visit will be the  Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe — the patron saint of Mexico. Earlier Friday, Pope Francis met with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill in Cuba, the Vatican […]

  • Autumn Johnson is seen in a family photo obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

    Prayer Vigil Held in Compton for 1-Year-Old Girl Killed in Apparent Gang-Related Shooting

    A prayer vigil was held Thursday evening for 1-year-old Autumn Johnson, who was fatally wounded in her Compton home in an apparent gang-related shooting. Dozens of people crowded the street outside the home of the slain child’s grandparents calling for justice and an end to the violence. “We’re coming together tonight to say, one block at a time … we’re taking back our streets,” said community activist Bishop L.J. Guillory. The little girl, who had just turned 1, was in […]

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    Double Amputee Heading From Surf City Marathon to Boston

    Sunday’s Surf City Marathon was almost everything that Huntington Beach runner Jami Marseilles could have dreamed of. A picturesque backdrop and great weather made for ideal conditions for a half marathon. Her one gripe connected with the event, which she is using as a warm-up for the Boston Marathon in April, actually had nothing to do with the race itself. Marseilles, 47, is a double amputee who has to wear special prosthetics that allow her to run. However, the prostheses […]

  • Autumn Johnson is seen in a family photo obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

    1-Year-Old Girl Killed in Apparent Gang-Related Shooting in Compton: LASD

    Authorities on Wednesday were searching for two males in connection with the apparently gang-related fatal shooting of a baby in Compton, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The little girl, who had just turned 1, was in her crib when she was struck in the head by a bullet around 7 p.m., sheriff’s investigators said. A witness told the Los Angeles Times she heard several gunshots, followed by a woman screaming, “They shot my baby. They shot my baby.” The […]

  • Two people died and one was injured after a vehicle crashed into a Boyle Heights home on Feb. 7, 2016. (Credit:  Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

    Deadly Shooting That Ended With Car in Boyle Heights Home Possibly Gang Related; Victims ID’d

    A shooting that ended with a car crashing into a Boyle Heights home, leaving two people dead and another with minor injuries, may have been gang related, authorities said Monday. The incident began about 11 a.m. Sunday when someone got out of a black SUV and shot into a white car near East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Echandia Street, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Frank Preciado said following the crash. Investigators believe the shooting may have been gang related, said Sgt. Minh […]

  • Hip-hop artist Ice Cube (L) and O'Shea Jackson Jr. accept award for Outstanding Motion Picture for 'Straight Outta Compton' onstage during the 47th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 5, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

    NAACP Image Awards Highlight the Power of Diversity

    As Taraji P. Henson took home the prize for outstanding actress in a drama series at the NAACP Image Awards on Friday night, she left viewers and the audience with a little something as well: “We don’t have to ask for acceptance from anyone,” the star of Fox’s hit soap “Empire” told the crowd at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. “We are enough and we’ve always been enough.” Henson — whose “Empire” husband, Terrence Howard, also won a top acting prize […]

  • Gabriela Calzada, left, and Briana Gallegos are shown in photos posted to their Facebook pages in September and May 2015, respectively.

    Killing of Teen Girls in Park Was Gang Motivated, and Suspects Knew Victims: Chief Beck

    The young men who were charged with killing two teen girls in a Montecito Heights park knew their victims and were “motivated by hatred between gangs,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday. The defendants were identified in a five-count criminal complaint against them as 17-year-old Dallas Stone Pineda, also known as “Trippy,” and 18-year-old Jose Antonio Echeverria, aka “Klepto.” They knew their victims, Briana Nicole Gallegos, 17, and Gabriela Calzada, 19, Beck said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. “This is […]

  • Briana Gallegos, left, and Gabriela Calzada are seen photos posted on their respective Facebook pages.

    Arrest Made in Double Homicide of Teen Girls at Debs Park in Montecito Heights

    An arrest has been made in the deaths of two teen girls who were found killed in a Montecito Heights park in October, a source within the Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday, confirming the suspect’s mother’s statements to KTLA. The bodies of Briana Nicole Gallegos, 17, and Gabriela Calzada, 19, were discovered on Oct. 28 near a hiking trail in Ernest E. Debs Regional Park. In mid-November, several people were detained and questioned when search warrants were served in connection […]

  • Nooshafarin Ravaghi, 44, was released from jail on Feb. 1, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    ESL Teacher Arrested in Connection With Jail Escape Released Due to Insufficient Evidence: DA

    An English as a second language teacher who had been arrested on suspicion of aiding three Orange County jail escapees was released Monday, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced Monday. Nooshafarin Ravaghi, 44, was suspected of forming a close relationship with inmate Hossein Nayeri, 37, and helping him and two others escape. But Rackauckas said there was insufficient evidence to charge her, and the case was sent back for further investigation. “It’s unfortunate that she was so quickly labeled as a conspirator,” Rackauckas said. […]