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
  • Tents sheltering homeless people line a residential street in Los Angeles on Dec. 9, 2019. (Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

    Annual Homeless Count Underway in L.A. County

    The annual, three-day homeless count in Los Angeles County is underway after launching Tuesday evening. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 11 on Jan. 22, 2020.  

  • A Toyota Prius plowed into a tree in Temescal Valley after Anurag Chandra, right, allegedly intended to strike it in a deadly crash on Jan. 20, 2020. (Credit: Loudlabs, California Highway Patrol)

    Loved Ones ID 3 Teens Killed After Man Allegedly Intentionally Rammed Their Car in Temescal Valley

    A man intentionally rammed a Toyota Prius in Temescal Valley, causing the vehicle to slam into a tree and killing three teenage boys who were inside, the California Highway Patrol said Monday. Three other teen boys who were also in the Prius were hospitalized after authorities responded to the crash on Temescal Canyon Road near Trilogy Parkway — close to the 15 Freeway between Corona and Lake Elsinore — just after 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Officers arrived to find a 2002 […]

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    Sentencing Delayed for Man Convicted of Killing McStay Family, Burying Their Bodies in Mojave Desert

    Sentencing was delayed Friday for a man convicted of killing a family of four and burying their bodies in the California desert after the defendant made a lengthy, unsuccessful bid to fire his attorney and have his conviction thrown out. San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael Smith was scheduled to sentence Charles “Chase” Merritt to either death or life in prison without possibility of parole. Merritt was convicted in June of the murders of his former business associate Joseph McStay, […]

  • Anthony Iniguez appears in a photo his mother provided to KTLA. He was shot to death in Harbor City on June 17, 2017.

    ‘Your Heart Can Never Be Fixed’: Mother Begs for Help Finding Her Son’s Killer in Harbor City

    The mother of a 20-year-old man shot to death while bicycling in Harbor City nearly three years ago pleaded for help Thursday finding her son’s killer. With the offer of a $10,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest and conviction, his mother is begging for anyone with information to come forward. She said that since the killing, she cries daily as she struggles with a seemingly endless pain. “My life has completely changed. It is not the same — […]

  • A man allegedly tried to kidnap a 6-year-old girl before being tackled by family members in Venice on Jan. 4, 2020.

    Video: Man Allegedly Tries to Kidnap 6-Year-Old Girl in Venice, Uncle Intervenes

    A homeless man with a lengthy criminal record was behind bars this week after he tried to kidnap a young girl from her mother’s arms at a Venice Beach pizzeria before being tackled by the victim’s uncle, according to police and the family. The startling crime took place about 7 p.m. on Jan. 4, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. Evan McLaurin-Nelson, 31, approached a woman who was with her child and told the mother that he knew the girl […]

  • Demonstrators urge the U.S. to avoid war with Iran in downtown Los Angeles on Jan. 9, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)

    Anti-War Demonstrators Gather at L.A. City Hall

    Demonstrators gathered in downtown Los Angeles Thursday to urge U.S. leaders to avoid war with Iran amid heightened tensions between the nation. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News on Jan. 9, 2020.

  • Detectives are seeking a man and woman who swindled an 80-year-old woman out of $4K by persuading her to buy this purported "gold brick" for $4,000 on Oct. 10, 2019. It was fake. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

    Man and Woman Sought After Conning 80-Year-Old Woman Out of $4K in Gold Bar Scam

    Detectives are seeking a man and woman who they say fleeced an 80-year-old woman out of $4,000 by persuading her to buy a fake gold brick after meeting her at a Norwalk Target store several months ago, authorities said Wednesday. The crime took place on the afternoon of Oct. 10, after the scammers approached the victim inside the store along Firestone Boulevard, just west of the 605 Freeway, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said. “The fraudsters had convinced the […]

  • Sea Lion Rescued From Newport Beach With Gunshot Wounds Later Euthanized: Officials

    A sea lion rescued last month from the Wedge in Newport Beach had to be euthanized after experts at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center discovered she had two gunshot wounds on her chest, officials announced Tuesday. Newport Beach Animal Control first noticed the sea lion yearling, named Mandalorian by her rescuers, in distress at the Wedge on Dec. 16, 2019. PMMC rescued the sea lion and found two distinct gunshot wounds on her, most likely from a pellet gun. One […]

  • Firefighters tackle a bushfire in thick smoke in the town of Moruya, south of Batemans Bay, in New South Wales on January 4, 2020. (Credit: PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)

    20 Firefighters Who Battled California Blazes Head to Australia to Help Combat Destructive Wildfires

    A group of 20 firefighters, including several who battled October’s Saddleridge fire near Sylmar, will travel to Australia on Monday to help combat the wildfires that have ravaged roughly 12.4 million acres of land and killed at least 24 people and millions of birds, reptiles and mammals. The firefighters are all leaders in their units and collectively have more than 100 years of experience, each five- to 20-year veterans. “It’s an impressive dream team of sorts,” said Angeles National Fire Service spokesperson Andrew Mitchell. […]

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