Jennifer McGraw is a general assignment reporter for KTLA 5 News. She joined the station in July 2019.

Jennifer’s greatest motivation is reporting on stories that make a difference. For the past 10 years of her news career, she’s covered the deadly wildfires across Northern California, devastating storms and floodwaters in Kentucky, and stories of consequence across Idaho.

As gratifying as it was to serve those communities, Jennifer is realizing a personal dream by returning to Los Angeles. Born and raised in the Southland, Jennifer went away to college at San Francisco State University, earning her degree in journalism with a minor in political science.

Jennifer strives to tell all sides of a story and bring light to those voices who may not otherwise be heard.

When not dedicating her week to her KTLA family, she spends time with her family living in Southern California. As an avid Dodgers fan, she is often representing Dodger blue at Chavez Ravine or watching wherever she can. She loves hiking with her best friend, a standard poodle named Bug, and enjoying the beautiful beaches up and down the Pacific Coast Highway.

Recent Articles
  • A Chase bank is seen on Aug. 24, 2019 in the aftermath of a fire ignited by a car crash. (Credit: KTLA)

    Fire Destroys Chase Bank in Torrance After Driver Loses Control, Crashes Into Building

    A Chase bank continued to smolder early Saturday after a driver lost control, slammed into the building and caused a big fire the previous night. A Torrance police officer called the city Fire Department after witnessing the crash near Hawthorne Boulevard and Carson Street, fire official Alec Miller said. The officer pulled one occupant out of the vehicle, and crews arrived at the scene in about two minutes, according to the Torrance Fire Department. A total of two people who […]

  • Police investigate the scene at a home in Ontario where two children were found dead on Aug. 20, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Homicide Investigation Underway in Ontario After 2 Children Found Dead; Mother Hospitalized

    The deaths of a teen girl and her infant sister in Ontario are now being investigated as a homicide, officials said Tuesday night. The girls were found dead inside their home while their mother was found unresponsive, investigators said, but numerous questions remain. The girls’ father called 911 around 4 p.m. to report unknown trouble at the residence on the 500 block of East Tam O’Shanter Street, said Ontario Police Sgt. Bill Russell. The deaths of the 14-year-old and 4-month-old […]

  • Pacifica High School in Garden Grove is seen in an undated image from Google Maps.

    Video Shows Orange County Teens Give Nazi Salute as German WWII-Era Song Plays

    A school district in Southern California condemned a video of high-schoolers giving Nazi salutes and singing a Nazi song after it became public Monday. The video, obtained by the Daily Beast — which posted about 8 seconds of it — shows members of the boys’ water polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove in an empty room that administrative officials say was later used for an athletic banquet. The song, written by German composer Herms Niel during the rise […]

  • Officers respond to reports of a killing at a home on Coast Highway in Laguna Beach on Aug. 18, 2019. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Son Detained as ‘Person of Interest’ After Woman Found Dead in Laguna Beach Home: Police

    A man was detained as a “person of interest”  Sunday after his mother, a woman in her 60s, was found dead at a Laguna Beach home, authorities said. A friend who was supposed to go to church with the woman found her body and called police to the upscale mobile home neighborhood shortly before 11 a.m., the Laguna Beach Police Department said. The discovery on 30802 Coast Highway launched a homicide investigation, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jim Cota told KTLA. […]

  • A teenage boy is taken into custody after leading authorities on a pursuit through North Hollywood on Aug. 17, 2019. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Missing Teenage Boy With Special Needs Leads Police on Pursuit Through North Hollywood

    A missing 13-year-old boy with autism and impaired hearing at the wheel of a utility truck led police on a pursuit through North Hollywood, crashing into several other cars and an apartment building before being detained by police on Saturday afternoon. The pursuit began about 3 p.m. when police spotted a truck that had been reported stolen driving in the area of Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Victory Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez said. The driver, who police […]

  • A still from surveillance video taken on Aug. 15, 2019 shows the owner of heist jewelry thwarting a robbery.

    Owner of Heist Jewelry Store in Santa Monica Hit With Sledgehammer While Thwarting Robbery; 4 Arrested

    The owner of Heist Jewelry in Santa Monica was hit with a sledgehammer while thwarting a robbery at his store Thursday, officials said. The robbery occurred about 2:35 p.m. at the store along the 1200 block of Montana Avenue, according to the Santa Monica Police Department. One of the suspects went into the store with his face covered and smashed a jewelry display case with a sledgehammer. The owner intervened and was able to push the suspect out of the […]

  • No injured were reported after a private plane carrying five people, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife, crashed at Elizabethton Airport in Tennessee on Aug. 15, 2019. (Credit: Scott Reis via Facebook)

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. OK After Fiery Plane Crash at Small Tennessee Airport: Officials

    Dale Earnhardt Jr, famed NASCAR driver and auto racing analyst, and his wife were involved in a private jet crash in eastern Tennessee and escaped serious injury, officials said Thursday. Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier told CNN affiliate WJHL that Earnhardt and his wife, Amy, were on the plane that crashed at Elizabethton Municipal Airport. Local police said the plane ran off the runway upon landing at 3:38 p.m. ET. The retired driver’s sister, Kelley, tweeted that those on board were OK. […]

  • Officers respond to a shooting incident near at 215 Freeway overpass in the Riverside area on Aug. 12, 2019. (Credit: OC Hawk)

    1 CHP Officer Killed, 2 Wounded in Shootout on 215 Overpass in Riverside; Suspect Fatally Shot

    A California Highway Patrol officer was dead and two other CHP officers were wounded before fatally shooting a suspect in a gun battle near the 215 Freeway in Riverside Monday, officials said. The suspect was driving a white GMC pickup when a lone CHP officer pulled him over on an overpass at Eucalyptus Avenue around 5:40 p.m., said CHP Inland Division Assistant Chief Scott Parker. Police are investigating why the man was stopped in the first place, but the officer […]

  • Jeffrey Epstein appears in a March 28, 2017 photo released by the New York State Sex Offender Registry.

    Epstein’s Guards Were Working Extreme Overtime Shifts: Report

    Guards on Jeffrey Epstein’s unit were working extreme overtime shifts to make up for staffing shortages the morning of his apparent suicide, a person familiar with the jail’s operations told The Associated Press. The person said that the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s Special Housing Unit was staffed with one guard working a fifth straight day of overtime and another who was working mandatory overtime. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss jail operations publicly and spoke Sunday on the condition of anonymity. […]

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