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.

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    Three Hawthorne High Students Arrested After Officer, Staff Member Assaulted in Melee

    Police and Hawthorne High School officials plan to increase security after three students were arrested when several massive brawls erupted on campus Tuesday, resulting in injuries to an officer and a school official. Videos showing large crowds of students swarming around several groups fighting quickly circulated on social media Tuesday afternoon. One video shows two female students attacking each other. Another video shows a male student picking up a trash can and throwing it toward a group of students. In […]

  • Orange residents are seen trying to extinguish an SUV on fire on Nov. 9, 2015, in an image from a KTLA viewer. The bodies of three male victims were found inside the vehicle.

    Man Sought After Fleeing From Burning Vehicle Where 3 Bodies Were Located in Orange

    A man who was captured on surveillance footage fleeing from a burning vehicle in which three bodies were found was being sought Tuesday, according to Orange police. The three badly burned bodies were discovered as firefighters doused the flames coming from the SUV in the 500 block of East Oakmont Avenue around 2:20 p.m. Monday, according to Orange Police Department Sgt. Phil McMullin. Surveillance footage, which was not being released, showed a man running from the vehicle, police Lt. Fred Lopez said the […]

  • Nearly 100 people gathered in Montecito Heights for a procession and vigil in memory of 17-year-old Briana Nicole Gallegos and Gabriela Calzada, 19, whose bodies were found last week near a hiking trail in popular Ernest E. Debs Regional Park. (Credit: KTLA)

    Dozens Turn Out for Vigil to Remember Two Teenagers Found Dead in Debs Park

    Nearly 100 people gathered Thursday evening in Montecito Heights for a procession and vigil in memory of 17-year-old Briana Nicole Gallegos and Gabriela Calzada, 19, whose bodies were found last week near a hiking trail in popular Ernest E. Debs Regional Park. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. More video:

  • Police were on the scene of a homicide in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 4, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Police Searching for Gunman After Deadly Workplace Shooting in Downtown L.A. High Rise

    Police were searching for the gunman who shot and killed a coworker in a high rise in downtown L.A.’s garment district late Wednesday afternoon. The shooting was reported in the 100 block of Seventh Street at 4:15 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Officer Liliana Preciado said. One person was “down” and had not been transported as of 4:30 p.m., she said. LAPD Officer Matt Ludwig said the case had turned into a homicide investigation, and then later said the victim […]

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    Arrest Made in Years-Long Search for Suspected Killer, Robber Dubbed the ‘Western Bandit’

    Police announced an arrest Monday in the years-long search for an armed robber and suspected killer dubbed the “Western Bandit.” Patrick Watkins, 51, was arrested Thursday following a string of robberies and shootings, which included two alleged murders, Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck stated during a news conference Monday. The Western Bandit targeted an 8 mile stretch near Western Avenue from Hollywood to South Los Angeles, according to the Police Department. The crime spree began shortly before the shooting death of a transgender woman in Hollywood […]

  • A fire captain is taken away from a San Pedro fire on a stretcher on Nov. 2, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Fire Captain Hospitalized for Exertion; San Pedro Structure Fire Out After 2-Hour Firefight

    A fire captain was conscious and alert when he was hospitalized for exertion after aiding some 146 firefighters in a two-hour firefight at a San Pedro structure Monday morning, according to Los Angeles Fire Department officials. The blaze broke out in the 500 block of South Pacific Avenue around 4:15 a.m., and was knocked down by 6:30 a.m., LAFD tweeted. The unnamed fire captain was taken away from the fire on a stretcher, video showed, and listed in fair condition condition, according to […]

  • Deputy director general of Kogalymavia airline company, also known as Metrojet, Alexander Smirnov attends a press conference in Moscow on Nov. 2, 2015. The pilots of the Russian passenger jet that crashed in Egypt "totally" lost control of the plane and did not try to make any radio contact before it crashed, an airline official said that day. (Credit: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

    Too Early to Determine Cause of Russian Plane Crash; Most Remains Intact, Officials Say

    How close are authorities to pinpointing what caused a Russian passenger jet to break up in midair and crash in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula? That depends whom you ask. The airline says technical faults or human errors couldn’t have caused Metrojet Flight 9268 to crash. But Russian officials say it’s too soon to tell what made the passenger jet plunge to the ground Saturday, killing all 224 people on board. Experts agree it’s too early to know for certain, and officials […]

  • Kayaker, Nick Cervantes  recounted his frightening encounter with hammerhead shark off La Jolla that he recorded on a GoPro camera.

    Kayaker Recounts Frightening Encounter With Hammerhead Shark Off La Jolla

    A face-to-face encounter with an aggressive hammerhead shark off the La Jolla coast gave one kayaker the scare of his life. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015.

  • Gabby Calzada is shown in a photo posted to her Facebook page on Sept. 19, 2015.

    1 of 2 Bodies Found in Debs Park in Montecito Heights ID’d as 19-Year-Old Woman

    One of the two female bodies found on a hillside in a popular Montecito Heights park was identified Thursday as that of a 19-year-old woman, and the other victim was thought to be 17. The positively identified victim was Gabriela Calzada, 19, according to Lt. R. Hayes with the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. No autopsy had been completed on Calzada, whose date of death was listed as Wednesday, when her body was found in Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, […]