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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
  • Authorities responded to a reported shooting in Torrance on April 12, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Armed With Chain Saw Tried to Run Over People at SCE Property in Torrance, Police Say

    A disgruntled worker who was allegedly armed with a chain saw and tried to run over people at a Southern California Edison contractor’s property in Torrance was taken into custody Tuesday after officers opened fire on him, police said. The incident began about 6:30 a.m. when a security guard on the Edison lot in the 17600 block of Yukon Avenue called police and requested help for an armed person, said Sgt. Paul Kranke with the Torrance Police Department. The man was apparently […]

  • Police were investigating a crash that killed a 14-year-old girl and left a woman in her 70s hospitalized in West Hills on April 11, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mother, Daughter Walking Dog Struck and Killed by Driver of Minivan in West Hills

    A woman and her mother were struck and killed Monday night by the driver of a maroon minivan while the pair were out walking their dog in West Hills. The crash occurred around 8:30 p.m. in the 23000 block of West Roscoe Boulevard near Jason Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Authorities initially described the victims as a 14-year-old girl and a woman in her 70s. Police later identified the victims as two adult females — a mother […]

  • A Ford Mustang led authorities on a pursuit that included "donuts" in Hollywood on April 7, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Driver in Wild Mustang Pursuit Was Trained to Drive by the U.S. Military: Pentagon

    A suspected burglar and getaway driver who mesmerized Los Angeles on Thursday in an epic, televised car chase was a trained tactical vehicle driver for the U.S. Marine Corps before being “prematurely discharged” in January, the Pentagon confirmed Friday. Herschel Reynolds, 20, both horrified and delighted Angelenos as he spun “doughnuts” in Hollywood, dodged a TMZ tour bus, and crisscrossed the city on a flat front tire before surrendering to sheriff’s deputies. On Friday, the U.S. military said that Reynolds […]

  • LAPD Officers Officer Garrett Brooks, left, and John Carlyle, right, talk to KTLA on March 29, 2016, about rescuing two people trapped in a car in South L.A. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘We Were Just Trying to Help,’ Say Officers Who Rescued People From Burning Car in South L.A.

    Two officers who worked alongside a good Samaritan to pull people out from a burning car following a crash in South L.A. said on Tuesday that once adrenaline kicked in, their only goal was to help the trapped victims. Seven people were injured, two critically, after at least two cars and a Metro bus with only a driver on board crashed near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue in the Vermont Square neighborhood Monday around 6:30 p.m. Street […]

  • El Segundo police officer Cory Spencer is the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against the Bay Boys surfer gang and the city of Palos Verdes Estates. (Credit: Allen J. Shaben / Los Angeles Times)

    El Segundo Officer, Other Alleged Victims File Class-Action Lawsuit Against Lunada Bay Surfers

    An El Segundo police officer who says he has been harassed by a group of surfers known as the Lunada Bay Boys of wealthy Palos Verdes Estates joined other alleged victims to file a class-action lawsuit on Tuesday. The officer, Cory Spencer, and other plaintiffs are asking a federal judge to prevent members of the gang from congregating at the Bay, one of California most coveted surf breaks. Additionally, the suit targets the city of Palos Verdes Estates, asking a […]

  • At least seven people were injured, two critically, in a fiery crash between a car and a bus in South Los Angeles on March 28, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    7 Injured, 2 Critical, in Fiery Collision Between MTA Bus and Car in South Los Angeles

    At least seven people were injured, two critically, when a car collided with a Metro bus in South Los Angeles, triggering a fire that engulfed both vehicles. It happened at 6:30 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue, according to Officer Tony Im with the Los Angeles Police Department. The driver was the only person on board the bus and the flames were knocked down quickly, Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department stated. […]

  • Donna Crockett talks to KTLA about the construction worker than landed on her car after plunging 53 stories to his death in downtown Los Angeles on March 17, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Driver of Car Hit by Falling Construction Worker in DTLA Recalls Horrifying Event

    The driver of an SUV that was hit by a construction worker who plunged 53 stories to his death last week in downtown Los Angeles spoke out publicly for the first time Wednesday. Donna Crockett was driving past the site of the new Wilshire Grand Center when a man fell out of the sky and landed on the back of her vehicle. Joseph Sabbatino, a 36-year-old resident of Palmdale, had only been working at the site two days when he […]

  • LAX airport police officers with automatic weapons patrol near the Tom Bradley International Terminal in Los Angeles on March 22, 2016. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

    Airport Police Increase Patrols at LAX in Wake of Brussels Terror Attacks

    Los Angeles airport police increased patrols on Tuesday after at least 30 were killed and another 230 were injured in attacks in Brussels. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 p.m. on March 22, 2016, and Mary Beth McDade at 11 p.m.

  • Surveillance pictures released by the Glendale Police Department show three people vandalizing a school on March 12, 2016.

    3 Sought in Caught-on-Camera Burglaries at 2 Glendale Schools

    Police released surveillance video Friday of three vandals wanted for breaking into two schools in Glendale armed with hammers and pry bars. The first break-in occurred around 1:45 on Saturday, March 12, at Toll Middle School on Glenwood Road, Glendale Police Department spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said in an email to KTLA. The surveillance video showed three intruders with their faces partially masked roaming the hallways carrying the weapons. One of the vandals disabled several security cameras by hitting them with […]