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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
  • Man Robbed at Gunpoint Outside Costa Mesa Doughnut Shop After Offering to Help Suspect

    A man was robbed at gunpoint outside a Costa Mesa doughnut shop late Monday after he stopped to help a man who appeared to be stranded, police said. Costa Mesa police responded to Oh Those Donuts at 1734 Newport Blvd. at about 10:30 p.m. after receiving a report of an armed robbery, Sgt. Bang Le said. A man had stopped at a Chevron gas station near the doughnut shop when he saw another man standing by what appeared to be […]

  • ‘We Just Hope Justice Is Done’: 2 Sought in Brutal Beating That Left San Pedro High School Baseball Player in ICU

    As authorities on Monday continued to search for two males who brutally beat a 15-year-old San Pedro High School baseball player following a game last week, the teen was beginning to show signs of making a recovery. Evan Jimenez “is slowly starting to make progress in the right direction,” wrote Steve Stout, who set up one of two GoFundMe pages devoted to paying for the teen’s care. Stout posted the update on Monday morning after speaking with the family, he said. […]

  • 4 People Rescued After Sailboat Nearly Capsizes, Crashes Into Redondo Beach Pier

    Four people are recovering on Thursday night after their sailboat nearly capsized in King Harbor and slammed into the pilings of the Redondo Beach Pier. Authorities from the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguard Division were called to the scene around 7:04 p.m. and found four people in the water. Moments before their arrival the sailboat collided into the pier and broke apart, according to the Fire Department. The crash, which destroyed the vessel, was caught on video. One recording showed the […]

  • Mountain Lion Caught on Camera in Silverado Canyon, Kills Herd of Goats

    Members of a 4-H club are devastated on Wednesday after a mountain lion was caught on camera killing a herd of goats in Silverado Canyon. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 11 on March 29, 2017. Correction: An earlier version of this headline and caption gave the incorrect location for the 4-H. The post has been updated.

  • Woman Rescued After Climbing Construction Crane, Locking Herself in Cab Across From L.A.’s Olvera Street

    A woman who climbed a construction crane and locked herself inside the cab some 180 feet above a construction site near Los Angeles’ historic Olvera Street landmark was rescued more than two hours after the incident started, authorities said Tuesday. The 26-year-old Hispanic woman climbed the “tall crane at a construction site” about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Workers turned off power to the crane, and firefighters were working to determine how the reach the woman, LAFD’s […]

  • Man Turns Self in to LAPD Day After 5-Year-Old Boy Is Killed in South L.A. Hit-and-Run

    A man has turned himself in to Los Angeles police Wednesday in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a 5-year-old boy in South Los Angeles and left investigators searching for the driver of an aged SUV. Homer Watford, 19, turned himself into police at LAPD’s 77th Street Division about 2 p.m., accompanied by his family, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. Watford’s cousin, 20-year-old Eric Roberts, who police said was the passenger in the SUV, also went […]

  • Mother Who Abandoned 2-Year-Old Daughter at Food 4 Less Taken Into Custody: Riverside Police

    A 31-year-old woman investigators believe to be the mother of a toddler who was abandoned at a grocery store has been taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, Riverside police said. The suspect was identified midday Tuesday as Chiengkham Vilaysane, and referred to by Riverside police as “Cindy.” She was arrested at a bank in the south end of Riverside after a teller recognized her from news reports, police told KTLA. Vilaysane was cooperating with the investigation and was expected to be booked on felony […]

  • Public’s Help Sought in Identifying Mom Who Abandoned 2-Year-Old Girl at Food 4 Less in Riverside: Police

    Update, Tuesday, March 14: Riverside police have identified a suspect, 31-year-old Chiengkham Vilaysane, in the search for a woman who abandoned a 2-year-old girl at a grocery store. An updated story is here. Original story, Monday, March 13: Police are looking for a mother who abandoned her 2-year-old daughter at a Food 4 Less in Riverside over the weekend, officials reported Monday. Officers responded to the Food 4 Less, located at 4250 Van Buren Blvd., about 5:55 p.m. Sunday in […]

  • El Sereno Man Acting Erratically, Running Through Neighborhood Naked, Neighbors Say

    Residents in one El Sereno neighborhood are speaking out on Friday about a neighbor who has been acting erratically, shouting racist statements and running around naked. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on March 10, 2017.