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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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    Deaths of Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher Raise Questions About Obtaining Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

    While fans have been paying tribute to the late Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds at her two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, fans of her daughter Carrie Fisher, who died one day before, are wondering why the “Star Wars” actress does not have a similar monument. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Dec. 29, 2016.

  • Debbie Reynolds, right, and her daughter, Carrie Fisher, pose in the press room during the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Debbie Reynolds Suffered Massive Stroke While Planning Daughter Carrie Fisher’s Funeral, Son Says

    Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds was making funeral arrangements for her daughter, actress and author Carrie Fisher, when she suffered a massive stroke, her son said. Todd Fisher told “Good Morning America” they were at the family home in Beverly Hills when Reynolds was stricken. “It happened very gently,” Fisher told ABC. “She loved taking care of my sister more than anything. So, she gets to do that and that’s what she wanted to do.” Doctors at the hospital told family that Reynolds’ […]

  • Actors Debbie Reynolds and Robert Wagner are pictured at a party in Hollywood, circa 1959. (Credit: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

    Fans, Celebrities Mourn Loss of Iconic Actress Debbie Reynolds

    Debbie Reynolds’ death shook Hollywood Wednesday night. Reynolds, 84, was taken to a Los Angeles hospital Wednesday afternoon. She died just one day after her daughter, actress and author Carrie Fisher, passed away. Tributes began overflowing on social media after news of her death. “Debbie Reynolds was one of the last of Hollywood Royalty. It breaks my heart that she is gone. I’d hoped that my grieving was done for 2016,” William Shatner wrote. Avatar actress Zoe Saldana tweeted, “Today […]

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    Carrie Fisher Remembered for Iconic and Beloved ‘Star Wars’ Role of Princess Leia

    Actress Carrie Fisher, whose grit and wit made “Star Wars'” Princess Leia an iconic and beloved figure to millions of moviegoers, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. She was 60. Her death was confirmed in a statement issued by the publicist for Billie Lourd, Fisher’s daughter. “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” Simon Halls said. Fisher’s death came four days after she suffered a […]

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    Monterey Park Police Searching for Man Accused of Sexual Battery, Robbery

    Monterey Park police are asking for the public’s help on Thursday after a man attempted to rob two women and sexually assaulted one woman in her car. The suspect approached a woman in the walkway of her apartment complex on Nov. 17 around 12:45 a.m. in the 800 block of W. El Repetto Drive. There, he demanded money from the victim and attempted to grab her, according to police. The woman was able to fight off the man and he […]

  • Lisa Marie Naegle, seen in a family photo, was last heard from on Dec. 18, 2016.

    Body Found in Shallow Grave at Home of Suspect in Homicide of Missing Nurse and Former Reality TV Show Contestant: LAPD

    A suspect was detained Tuesday after a former bridal reality show contestant disappeared under “suspicious circumstances” following a birthday party near Torrance over the weekend, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Jackie Jerome Rogers, a 34-year-old nursing student, was detained around 10:30 a.m. for questioning amid the ongoing search for 36-year-old Lisa Marie Naegle, a nurse and onetime contestant on E! Television’s “Bridalplasty,” LAPD Officer Tony Im confirmed. Her disappearance is now being treated as a homicide and Rogers is being held […]

  • Star Garden, in the 6600 block of Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood, is shown in a Google Maps image.

    Bouncer at NoHo Topless Bar Charged With Murder in Death of Man Punched, Fatally Struck by Vehicle

    A bouncer at a North Hollywood topless bar was charged with murder Monday in the death of a man who died in a hit-and-run crash after being punched and falling into traffic. Ernest Shawn Reyes, 34, of Arleta is accused of punching 47-year-old Wilfredo Rodriguez outside a bar early Thursday, Dec. 15. The victim was struck in the face and then fell back into the street and was hit by a vehicle that did not stop, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake […]

  • The L.A. County Fire Department tweeted this photo of a house fire they responded to in Hawthorne on Dec. 16, 2016.

    2 Found Dead, Including Woman Who Was Fatally Shot, After House Fire in Hawthorne: LASD

    Two people died after a home in Hawthorne erupted in flames on Friday, including a woman who was found shot to death, authorities said. A passing motorist first reported seeing smoke coming from a residence in the 13200 block of Jefferson Avenue around noon, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Steve Jauch. The Los Angeles County Fire and Hawthorne Police departments responded to the scene, where firefighters forced entry to the home, Jauch said. When firefighters got inside, […]

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    Newport Beach Celebrates Holiday Season With Annual Christmas Boat Parade

    Boats decorated with ornate lighting floated through Newport Beach Wednesday night as part of the town’s 108th-annual Christmas Boat Parade. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Dec. 14, 2016.