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
  • Donyetta Butts is seen in a photo provided by her mother.

    12-Year-Old Girl With Mental Health Condition Reported Missing in North Hills

    A search was underway in North Hills on Wednesday for a 12-year-old girl with a mental health condition who went missing when she went barefoot to take out the trash the previous night, according to her mother and police. Donyetta “D.D.” Butts was last seen at the Hometown Inn, at 9401 Sepulveda Blvd., around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department stated. The girl’s mother, Michelle Mosby, told KTLA that Donyetta had gone outside to throw […]

  • Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush spoke to a sold-out crowd at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Aug. 11, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Jeb Bush Speaks to Sold-Out Crowd at Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley

    Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush spoke to a sold-out crowd Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Mary Beth McDade reports from Simi Valley for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Aug. 11, 2015. More video:

  • Bernie Sanders wrapped up his west coast campaign swing with a rally at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on Aug. 10, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Brings His Campaign to Los Angeles

    Bernie Sanders wrapped up his west coast campaign swing with a stop in Los Angeles on Monday where he spoke before a large crowd of supporters at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015.

  • A screen shot from a body-cam video shows  a firefighter on the roof of a Victorville home that was engulfed in flames on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Credit: San Bernardino County Fire Department)

    Body-Cam Video Shows Firefighters Battling Dramatic Blaze at Victorville Home

    Dramatic video released Friday shows firefighters battling a house fire in Victorville that displaced seven people. San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel responded about 4:10 p.m. Wednesday to the 15800 block of La Paz Drive, where they arrived to find a single-story home well-involved in flames, a news release said, adding that another residence was catching fire. A firefighter’s body camera captured footage of the attack on the fire, which sent plumes of black smoke into the air above the […]

  • Three people are seen in video attacking a lifeguard in Venice on July 30, 2015. (Credit: Shona McCoy)

    L.A. County Lifeguard Beaten on Venice Pier in Attack Caught on Cellphone Video

    A lifeguard was physically assaulted by three intoxicated people on the Venice Pier on Thursday night after he allegedly asked one of them to put out a cigarette, witnesses told authorities. The fight was reported around 6:30 p.m. on the crowded pier, according to Lt. Daniel Gonzalez with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division. The lifeguard came down from the tower after someone threw a cigarette butt at him, said Los Angeles County Lifeguard spokesman Capt. Kenichi Haskett. While […]

  • A man suspected of taking upskirt pics of a woman in Torrance is seen in these surveillance images provided by the Torrance Police Department on July 29, 2015.

    Help Sought Identifying Man Suspected of Taking Upskirt Pics of Woman in Torrance

    Police asked to public for help Wednesday in identifying a man suspected of photographing up the skirt of a woman as she shopped at the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. The 35-year-old victim noticed someone was watching and following her as she shopped at the Japanese market located at 21515 Western Avenue (map) between 3 and 3:25 p.m. on June 27, the Torrance Police Department stated in a bulletin. As she reached for a bottle of water, the victim felt someone close behind her and […]

  • 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 […]