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.
A Southern California school district is reopening an investigation into video showing students giving a Nazi salute, with one official saying unspecified new photos and video have emerged. The Garden Grove school district in Orange County announced the new probe Tuesday night just before a tense school board meeting in a community angry after learning high school officials knew about the salute video months before it became public this week. Pacifica High School Principal Steve Osborne apologized at the meeting […]
The future of the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles remains uncertain after the board of supervisors voted down a plan to replace the jail with a mental health treatment facility. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Aug. 19, 2019.
A group dedicated to bringing awareness to drug overdose deaths hosted its annual memorial event in Laguna Hills on Friday. OverTaken Lives’ event at the Hills Hotel, coinciding with International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31, featured speaker David E. Stanley, the stepbrother of Elvis Presley. More information on OverTaken Lives, headed by film director and activist Jodi Barber, as well as David Stanley’s Raised on Rock Foundation, is available online. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News […]
Two men whom relatives described as lifelong friends died in a drive-by shooting that also left a third man injured in the South Los Angeles area Wednesday. The gunfire was reported just after 7 p.m. on the 1100 block of East 68th Street in the unincorporated Florence-Firestone neighborhood, L.A. County Sheriff’s Sgt. Osburn said. The caller told officials a vehicle drove up and the passenger pulled out a handgun. An argument ensued, then shots rang out, said Lt. Derrick Alfred. […]
Authorities are still looking for what caused a man to open fire on CHP officers in Riverside on Monday. One CHP officer was killed and two were wounded. The gunman was also killed. The man identified as the gunman, 49-year-old Aaron Luther, had a lengthy criminal history including serving time in state prison starting in 1994 for attempted second-degree murder and an enhancement for use of a firearm, one count of first-degree burglary and three counts of second-degree burglary, according […]
A 15-year-old boy is in the hospital after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in the Historic South-Central neighborhood of Los Angeles Tuesday night. Police received a report of a pedestrian being struck on Maple Avenue near East 37th Street just before 9 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Detective Moses Castillo said. Arriving officers found the badly injured teen down near the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue and East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The victim, later identified as Roberto Diaz, […]
A Huntington Park man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly making online threats against a Bernie Sanders rally in Long Beach, officials said Tuesday. Jose Rafael Guzman, 27, allegedly made criminal threats and threatened a police officer on Sunday. He was arrested on Monday, Long Beach police said in a news release. Police did not elaborate about the threats that were made. The rally took place at Long Beach City College with incident. “Making any kind of threat whether […]
Hours before he was arrested, Robert Camou was caught on video at a bar rapping about killing and burying his girlfriend. Michael Moore, the man who shot that now-chilling video, spoke to KTLA about the interaction on Wednesday. “At first it was like, did he say that? He said that. And he said it with such force,” Moore said. Authorities named Camou, 27, a suspect in the disappearance of his girlfriend Amanda Custer on Monday. Camou was arrested the next […]
Before a 19-year-old gunman opened fire on a famed garlic festival in his California hometown, he urged his Instagram followers to read a 19th century book popular with white supremacists on extremist websites, but his motives for killing two children and another young man were still a mystery Monday. Santino William Legan posted the caption about the book “Might is Right,” which claims race determines behavior. It appeared with a photo of Smokey the Bear in front of a “fire […]