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Courtney Friel joined KTLA in 2013 after working six years at Fox News Channel, where she was a New York correspondent, headline anchor and fill-in host for “Fox & Friends.”

Before FNC, Courtney anchored and reported for the CBS affiliate in Palm Springs and ABC station in Jackson, Tenn.

On the programming side, Courtney hosted “The World Poker Tour” on the Travel Channel and “The Saturday Night Solution” on Court TV.

She has also reported for various shows including “America’s Most Wanted,” “Extra,” “E! News,” Oxygen’s “Trackers,” and got her start in the industry as a student reporter for Channel One News. She also worked as an entertainment reporter for KTTV-TV.

Courtney graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.


Recent Articles
  • Two people were fatally shot and a third was hospitalized in Azusa on Jan. 8, 2019. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    2 Men Shot, 1 Fatally, After Allegedly Killing a Juvenile in Azusa

    Two men suspected in the shooting death of a juvenile in Azusa Tuesday night were also shot, one fatally, as they tried to flee the scene. Officers received a gunshot victim call in the 600 block of East 6th Street just before 10:15 p.m., according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Arriving officers discovered three gunshot victims, including a juvenile they believe was the initial target of two gunmen. The juvenile, who has not been […]

  • A passenger is seen going through security at Los Angeles International Airport on Jan. 8, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Palm Springs Airport Security Suffers as TSA Officers Working Without Pay During Gov’t Shutdown Are Excessively Absent: Internal Email

    Excessive absences by TSA officers currently working without pay have “adversly impacted security operations” at a southern California airport, a high-ranking Transportation Security Administration official wrote Monday in an internal email obtained by CNN. The email from Martin Elam, the deputy federal security director overseeing overseeing five California airports, directed to all TSA personnel at Palm Springs International Airport, exposes for the first time an acknowledgement that the partial government shutdown — now stretching into a third week — is […]

  • Cars were stuck on the mud-caked Pacific Coast Highway after a storm triggered mudslides on Jan. 6. 2019. (Credit: Caltrans)

    PCH Reopens Following Cleanup of Mudslide Triggered by SoCal Storm

    A 13-mile stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway reopened Monday evening after crews cleaned up a mudslide amid another round of showers in Southern California earlier that morning. Caltrans reopened all the highway’s lanes from Malibu to Oxnard around 8 p.m., according to Malibu city officials. PCH was closed between Encinal Canyon Road in Malibu and Las Posas Road in Ventura County after a Saturday night storm “wreaked havoc” on the coastal highway, according to Caltrans. Another road closure in […]

  • Holiday travelers head out of Los Angeles from LAX on Dec. 26, 2018.

    Post-Holiday Travelers Crowd Roads, Airports

    Highways and airport terminals are bustling Wednesday as holiday travelers begin making their way home. Courtney Friel reports from LAX for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Dec. 26, 2018.    

  • A float is seen at the beginning of the 2018 Rose Parade in Pasadena on Jan. 1, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Pasadena Officials Provide Safety Tips for Rose Parade Ahead of Jan. 1 Event

    With the Rose Parade on Jan. 1 less than two weeks away, Pasadena officials provided a slew of safety tips to those planning on attending the popular annual New Year’s Day event. Courtney Friel reports from Pasadena for the KTLA 5 Morning News at 11 on Dec. 19, 2018. For more information, plus a list of roads that will be closed, visit the City of Pasadena’s website here. 

  • DEA Associate Special Agent in Charge Daniel Comeaux speaks at a news conference on Dec. 18, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    DEA Announces New Program to Combat Opioid Crisis in Southern California

    The Drug Enforcement Administration is announcing a new program to address the opioid problem plaguing the streets of Southern California. It’s being called the DEA 360 Program. In Los Angeles County in 2017, about 500 people died of opioid overdoses. It’s a problem that affects people from all different backgrounds. That’s why the DEA has launched this program. They said it will work on a three-pronged approach: enforcement, regulation, and community outreach. First, the agency will coordinate with law enforcement […]

  • Guests dance at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort on June 1, 2015. (Credit: Gustavo Caballero / Getty Images for Sandals Resorts)

    Couple Sues Sandals Resorts in Jamaica, Alleging Bride Was Molested by Staff Butler During Destination Wedding

    A couple suing Sandals Resorts in Jamaica alleges a private butler assigned to their room molested the wife during their stay for their destination wedding, and other guests have since come forward with their own allegations. Courtney Friel reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Dec. 17, 2018.

  • A volunteer reads through a Santa letter from a needy child in South L.A. during the U.S. Postal Service's 106th Annual Operation Santa on Dec. 12, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    U.S. Postal Service’s 106th Annual ‘Operation Santa’ Helps Gift Children in South L.A.

    The United States Postal Service’s century-old annual tradition reading through the Christmastime wishes of children, “Operation Santa,” brought out workers volunteering and others looking to give Wednesday afternoon in South L.A. Courtney Friel reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Dec. 12, 2018.

  • Handwritten Letter Threatening Campus Shooting Prompts Investigation at CSUN; Students Allowed to Take Finals Off Campus

    Campus and police officials are investigating a second threat of violence against Cal State University Northridge in as many weeks, and school administrators said students will be allowed to take final exams off campus this week. The new threat came in the form of a handwritten letter found about 10:45 p.m. Monday in a classroom at Redwood Hall that indicated the shooting of students and professors on Wednesday. CSUN police are investigating the incident. The Los Angeles Police Department is […]