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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
  • 7-Year-Old Boy in Coma After Suffering Brain Injury in Torrance Car Crash

    Just days before Christmas, a family is praying for a miracle as a 7-year-old lies in a hospital bed comatose after suffering brain injuries in a devastating car crash in Torrance nearly two weeks ago. Cole Ziello and his mother were in a crash on Dec. 9 and was unconscious before being resuscitated. He broke his clavicle and the extent of his brain injuries will be unknown until he wakes up. Cole’s father, Nick Ziello, has stayed by his son’s […]

  • Emergency crews respond to a multivehicle crash in Hawthorne on Dec. 21, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    10 Injured, Including 4 Children, After Police Pursuit Ends in Multivehicle Hawthorne Crash; 2 Men Outstanding

    Ten people, including four children, were injured after a police pursuit ended in a multivehicle crash in Hawthorne, authorities said Thursday. One man, who was injured in the crash, is in custody, but two men remain at large after the pursuit. The crash was reported about 10:55 a.m. near the intersection of Marine and Prairie avenues, and left debris scattered across the road. All four children were taken to an area trauma center. Several law enforcement vehicles were also at […]

  • Travelers pass through LAX on Dec. 20, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Record Number of Holiday Travelers Expected at LAX

    Los Angeles International Airport officials are expecting another record number of travelers this holiday season, with an estimated 4.35 million passengers to pass through the airport between Dec. 15, 2017, and Jan. 2, 2017. to Mary Beth McDade reports from LAX for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Dec. 20, 2017.

  • Vice President Mike Pence presided over the Senate Vote on Dec. 20, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Republicans’ Sweeping Tax Bill Passes Senate by 51-48 Vote, Heads Back to House for Final Vote Wednesday

    In a vote in the early Wednesday morning hours, the Senate approved the final version of the first overhaul of the US tax code in more than 30 years, handing President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans their most significant legislative victory of 2017. The bill passed along party lines, 51-48 with the final result announced by Vice President Mike Pence who presided over the vote. Sen. Jeff Flake, the last undeclared Republican, voted yes. The House passed the bill earlier […]

  • 3 Women Killed by Wrong-Way Driver on 210 Fwy in Lake View Terrace Area as They Came Home From Christmas Party

    Three Baldwin Park women who were killed when a wrong-way driver crashed into their vehicle on the 210 Freeway were headed home from a Christmas party, a family member told KTLA Monday night. Earlier in the day, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office identified released the names of the three women, as well as the driver of the other car who also died in the head-on crash. Patricia Guadalupe Araujuo, 60; Dinora Elizabeth Ortiz, 62; and Ana Patricia Zuniga, 56, were driving […]

  • 109th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Held

    One of the oldest holiday traditions in the country made a splash in Newport Beach Wednesday night as the 109th annual Christmas Boat Parade was held. Mary Beth McDade reports from Newport Beach for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Dec. 13, 2017.

  • Bicyclist in Coma After Being Struck in Sunland Hit-and-Run; Family Asks for Help Finding Driver

    The family of a bicyclist who is in a coma after being critically injured in a hit-and-run in Sunland is pleading for help finding the driver. Mary Beth McDade reports from Sunland for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Dec. 12, 2017.

  • Horses that survived the Lilac Fire in their stalls are loaded onto a trailer in the early morning hours of Dec. 8, 2017, near Bonsall. (Credit: David McNew / Getty Images)

    About 25 Horses Die After Lilac Fire Sweeps Through San Luis Rey Downs Training Site

    A day after the devastating fire that swept through part of the San Luis Rey Downs training site, saddened and sickened horsemen were trying to keep up their spirits amid a blackened area that one trainer described as a war scene. Late Thursday afternoon a wind-driven fire descended on this 500-stall facility for thoroughbreds. The threat was there but not menacing, until it hit. As a precaution, some horses were being transported to Del Mar in the morning and early afternoon, some […]

  • A home is consumed by fire during the Thomas fire on December 7, 2017 in Ojai. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Thomas Fire Raging in Ventura County Increases to About 180 Square Miles; Nearly 440 Structures Destroyed

    This is a developing wildfire story. Please check back frequently for updates. The Thomas Fire, which continues burning in Ventura County and is moving toward Santa Barbara, has increased to 115,000 acres, or about 180 square miles, officials announced Thursday evening. The blaze, which began in Santa Paula area on Monday, is 5 percent contained. Nearly 440 structures have been destroyed in the fire, officials estimated, but explained that the number is preliminary. In Ventura, 427 structures were destroyed, while […]