How to Help Those Affected by SoCal Brush Fires
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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.


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  • Wife of Gardena Motorcycle Officer Killed in Crash Shares Tearful Memories at His Vigil

    The Gardena Police Department will held an emotional vigil Friday night for a motorcycle officer who was killed in a crash while on his way to work earlier this week. Officer Toshio Hirai, 34, was a 12-year veteran of the Police Department who leaves behind his wife, Kristen, and 2-year-old son, Takeo. The family, his fellow officers and other loved ones assembled at the department headquarters on 162nd Street remembered him as someone who liked to live life to the […]

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  • Supplies for Woolsey Fire victims Arrive in Malibu by boat on Nov. 13, 2018. (Credit: Earthtechnologies/Instagram)

    Supplies for Woolsey Fire Victims Arrive in Malibu by Boat

    It’s a quintessential Southern California rescue effort involving a yacht, a billionaire and surfers. Howard Leight, a winery owner, has lent his yacht to volunteers who are delivering donated supplies to victims of the Woolsey fire. On Tuesday morning, several people loaded the 150-foot Leight Star with water bottles, snacks, dog food, gas and other necessities before making their way to Paradise Cove. Smaller boats were tied behind the yacht to help offload supplies. When the Leight Star neared the […]

  • A helicopter drops water over burning embers on a hillside overlooking homes in West Hills, near Malibu on Nov. 11, 2018, as the battle to control the Woolsey Fire continued. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Forecasters extended a red flag warning for parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through 5 p.m. Wednesday as strong winds continued to be a concern for fire crews as the destructive Woolsey Fire burned into its fifth day. The expanded warning applied to the L.A. and Ventura mountains, including the Santa Monica mountains, where the blaze continued to burn. It also included the Ventura valleys and coast and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. Meanwhile, the red flag warning […]

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  • Pepperdine University President Andrew Benton speaks to students. (Credit: KTLA via Twitter)

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  • The Woolsey Fire burns in the Calabasas area on Nov. 9, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

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