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Kelly Lange
Born Dorothy Scafard[1]
(1937-12-14) December 14, 1937 (age 77)
New York City[1][2]
Residence Los Angeles, California
Alma mater Merrimack College
Occupation Newscaster
Years active 1971–2001
Home town Andover, Massachusetts[3]
Spouse(s) William Friedkin (1987-1990)
Awards Emmy

Kelly Lange (born Dorothy Scafard; December 14, 1937) is an American journalist, most notable for being the first woman to be a nightly news anchor in Los Angeles. Lange, a Shakespeare major in college, is a longtime news anchor in Los Angeles, a veteran radio and TV news reporter, NBC talk show host, former Tournament of Roses parade co-host, and more recently a best-selling mystery author.

Early career[edit]

Lange was born in New York City[1] and graduated from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts.[2]

She moved to California in the mid-1960s to pursue a certification to be a school teacher.[3]

One day in 1967, Lange, a model at the time, got into a line at a Buena Park, California shopping mall,[3] because it appeared "they were giving something away." The something they were giving away turned out to be applications for two positions as "Ladybirds" on KABC 790 radio. The lucky duo would become the first female traffic/weather reporters in this area to patrol in helicopters. Lange was one of two chosen. She got the 6 a.m.-to-9 a.m. segment and she was called "Dawn O'Day." Another applicant, a film studio secretary named Lori Ross, got the afternoon shift as "Eve O'Day." "The two women in their tight-fitting, silver-lamé jumpsuits paved the way for today's less-exploited women deejays and announcers," thus began Kelly Lange's career as a news reporter, spotting news and reporting traffic for KABC, later joining KNBC-4 in 1971.[4] NBC News refers to Lange as the first woman to anchor a nightly newscast at an NBC-owned station. TV Guide said Lange was the first local newscaster to be paid $1 million per year.


Lange served as Rose Parade co-host with Michael Landon; was the regular guest host of Tomorrow, with Tom Snyder; and a regular guest host of NBC's Today show. In Southern California, she served as co-anchor for nightly newscasts at KNBC-TV from 1971-1999. She hosted the Grand Floral Parade of Portland Rose Festival and won several Emmy Awards as well as serving as host of the primetime network broadcast ceremony.[5] She began writing fiction and mysteries while still a news anchor, partially to relieve insomnia from working on the 11 pm newscast. After a two-year talk show stint with KCBS-TV, she left broadcasting and has since been a full-time mystery novelist. The popular mystery fiction books include The Reporter, Dead File, and Graveyard Shift, featuring fictional TV news anchor Maxi Poole, plus Trophy Wife and Gossip.[6]

In 2010, Lange was presented with the Golden Mike's Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to film director William Friedkin (1987–1990) and has one daughter.


External links[edit]

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Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3

Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
Mon, 02 Nov 2015 22:00:00 -0800

“Recurrence is the early-stage survivor's worst fear, and metastatic breast cancer is a terminal illness,” says Kelly Lange, secretary and treasurer of METAvivor, a Maryland-based metastatic breast cancer awareness, research and support group. “People ...


Sat, 31 Oct 2015 20:56:15 -0700

The METAvivor authors' luncheon volunteer crew, from left: Jean Legum, silent auction committee head; Maria Middleton, luncheon chairwoman; Carla Wilcox, book sales committee head; Dian “CJ” Corneliussen-James, METAvivor president; Kelly Lange, ...


Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:30:00 -0700

Annapolis resident, Kelly Lange has metastatic breast cancer. Currently, it's under control but now, Lange is fighting for the Richard E. Israel and Roger "Pip" Moyer Death With Dignity Act, which would give her the option to end her life on her own terms.


Wed, 09 Sep 2015 11:22:30 -0700

This comes as a result of METAvivor treasurer Kelly Lange taking sessions at Excel Pilates to help with the toll breast cancer had taken on her body. From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, Lange will be at the studio to talk about how doing Pilates ...


Sat, 05 Sep 2015 11:41:22 -0700

Customer Kelly Lange discovered the store about six months ago, when she happened to be walking along Maryland Avenue. Prior to that, she would buy yarn at various places and in Baltimore, when she had doctor's appointments there. Lange said her ...

Washington City Paper

Washington City Paper
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:32:49 -0700

Kelly Lange doesn't want to die, but she knows she's going to, and earlier in her life than most. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, at the age of 32. For eight years her disease responded well enough to drugs, but in 2003, the doctors found ...
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:30:19 -0700

UPDATED, 7:30 PM: Looks like the co-creator of the blockbuster Fox series made a funny that he says some people didn't pick up on. After dropping the F-bomb online earlier today over the Emmy snubs of Empire, Lee Daniels now is saying it was all a joke.
Sun, 13 Sep 2015 19:17:10 -0700

Breast cancer patient Kelly Lange will take part in the demonstration and talk about how Pilates has assisted her in recovery. Donations of any amount for METAvivor metastatic breast cancer research will be accepted during the event and all month at ...

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