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
  • Waves up to 25 feet were expected at The Wedge in Newport Beach on Aug. 27, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Lifeguard Rescue of Swimmer in Newport Beach Unfolds on Live TV

    Newport Beach lifeguards attempting to help a body-surfer who became distressed while trying to stay afloat among waves up to 25 feet near the Wedge (map) had to be rescued by a boat Wednesday morning. The entire rescue effort was viewed on live television while hundreds more watched from shore. Four lifeguards swam to the man, who appeared to be tired and struggling around 9 a.m., video showed. The waves were the largest seen in the past decade and pushed the group near a large rock […]

  • A rare high surf with waves of 10 to 15 feet was expected for several days at Southern California beaches beginning Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    High Surf Advisory for Southern California Beaches Warns of Rare 10- to 15-Foot Waves

    Federal forecasters’ high surf advisory for Southern California beaches warned Tuesday that potential breakers of 10 to 15 feet may cause the largest surf seen in recent years in the areas. The advisory was issued for Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Orange County beaches, from Tuesday through 6 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service stated. “Very strong rip currents and long shore currents will likely create extremely dangerous and life threatening conditions for anyone,” the high surf advisory stated. “Surf this large will have the potential to […]

  • Two people were killed in a crash on San Fernando Road in Sylmar. (Credit: KTLA)

    Street Racing Suspected in Deadly Sylmar Crash

    Two people were killed and three others injured in a two-car collision in Sylmar that authorities believe may have been the result of street racing. The crash occurred just before 7:30 p.m. Friday in the 14000 block of San Fernando Road, according to Eric Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Authorities were looking for a third vehicle believed to be involved in the incident, police at the scene said. The vehicle was described only as a small silver car.

  • La Canada-Flintridge Neighborhood Targeted in Series of Burglaries

    A La Canada-Flintridge mother recounted the frightening ordeal of coming home after an early morning walk to find burglars in her home. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

  • A still from a music video posted to YouTube Aug. 15, 2014, which prompted a warning from the LAPD officers' union six days later.

    Video Calls for Revenge for Ezell Ford Shooting, LAPD Union Says in Warning to Members

    A music video response to the fatal police shooting of Ezell Ford in South Los Angeles prompted the LAPD’s union to call for police officers to be on heightened alert Thursday. The video, titled “F*** tha Police,” a name shared with the 1988 N.W.A. song, intersperses news video related to the Aug. 11 killing of 25-year-old Ford with footage of a more than a dozen people raising their hands and their middle fingers at the camera. Many wear T-shirts stating “Save Black Boys.” […]

  • A photograph showing twin sisters and local soccer stars, Danielle and Devin Scelsi.

    Local Soccer Players Leave College After Alleged Team Hazing Incident

    Danielle and Devin Scelsi were back home in Rancho Santa Margarita on Wednesday after the two freshmen soccer players were subjected to a horrible hazing experience at the University of New Mexico, according to their mother. A number of players reportedly said they were brutally hazed by senior members of the soccer team. They were allegedly pressured into becoming extremely intoxicated, strip naked and had urine splashed on them. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 […]

  • Fontana police say a robber was entering homes through open or partially open garages. (Credit: KTLA)

    Assailant Sought in Up to 6 Armed Robberies in Fullerton

    Police on Tuesday were searching for an armed man who robbed three homes in an area of Fullerton over the course of one night, and may be responsible for up to three more, authorities said. The three robberies all occurred on Sunday night, according to a news release from the Fullerton Police Department. Officers initially responded after receiving a report of robbery in the 1500 block of Avenida Selva (map). A couple told police they were approached by a man […]

  • A pursuit ended at the intersection of 37th and Hill streets in South Los Angeles before one of two gunman was shot and killed by police on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, authorities said. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAPD Officer’s Leg Shattered in Shootout After ‘Running Gun Battle'; 1 Killed, 1 Arrested

    A SWAT officer was seriously injured and a man was killed Monday morning in a “running gun battle” after a vehicle pursuit ended in the Historic South-Central neighborhood of Los Angeles, authorities said. Another occupant of the vehicle was in custody. The incident, which shut down the 110 Freeway for hours as police collected shell casings and marked evidence, began when officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop about 2:20 a.m. Officers tried to stop an SUV in the area of Manchester […]

  • Jonathan Koppenhaver was arrested in Simi Valley Aug. 15, 2014.  (Credit: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

    MMA Fighter ‘War Machine’ Arrested in Simi Valley, Was Sought in Las Vegas Beating of Ex-Girlfriend

    A mixed martial-arts fighter from California who was sought in connection with the beating of his adult film star ex-girlfriend was arrested Friday in Simi Valley. Jonathan “War Machine” Koppenhaver, 32, was taken into custody about 1:45 p.m. in Simi Valley by local police in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service. An arrest warrant had been issued for Koppenhaver stemming from an incident in Las Vegas last week, according to police. A former Simi Valley resident, Koppenhaver was found at the […]