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Kelly Lange
Born Dorothy Scafard [1]
(1937-12-14) December 14, 1937 (age 76)
New York City [1][2]
Residence Los Angeles, California
Alma mater Merrimack College
Occupation Newscaster
Years active 1971–2001
Employer KNBC-TV/KCBS-TV
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.

Career[edit]

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.

References[edit]

External links[edit]


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13 news items

 
Herald-Mail Media
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:03:45 -0700

Kelly Lange, left, and Corey Green, both of Corey's Construction, confer with Birdie Cooper Wednesday inside a new Habitat for Humanity house in Halfway. The structure arrived Wednesday morning in two halves, which were then joined with a front portico.
 
The Weather Channel
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:20:48 -0700

In northwestern Missouri, tree and power line damage was reported in Fairfax by storm chaser Kelly Lange. To the east, flooding caused vehicles to be stranded in North St. Louis as heavy rain moved through the area. Law enforcement reported a tornado ...
 
Morrison County Record
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 06:41:15 -0700

Additional volunteers supporting the event were Donna Kuklock, Kelly Lange, as well as Zoey and Jenna Lange. Thanks are extended to all the riders who faithfully participate in the event every year. If you have any questions on the ride or would like ...
 
CapitalGazette.com
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:04:34 -0700

The schooner Woodwind will host the acoustic and folk sounds of Mike and Kelly Lange during the sunset cruise from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visit http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com for tickets and more info. Loews Annapolis Hotel (126 West St.) is hosting the ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:34:32 -0700

A South Dakota man could have saved himself a lot of trouble if only he were to complete his court-mandated anger management program. Kelly John Lange, 34, from Sioux Falls, was arrested on an assault charge Tuesday for attacking his female public ...

National Post

National Post
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:23:26 -0700

And of course, there is critical darling True Detective, in which the body of prostitute Dora Kelly Lange is found in a field, stripped naked and posed in prayer, an unidentifiable symbol painted on her back and antlers affixed to her head, as if she ...

Il Fatto Quotidiano

Il Fatto Quotidiano
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:26:15 -0700

Ma la psicologia dei personaggi è molto più profonda di quanto non sembri di primo acchito, e la lunga e travagliata indagine sull'omicidio della prostituta Dora Kelly Lange si intreccerà con le loro vicende. True Detective è stato uno dei casi più ...

Il Fatto Quotidiano

Il Fatto Quotidiano
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:26:15 -0700

Ma la psicologia dei personaggi è molto più profonda di quanto non sembri di primo acchito, e la lunga e travagliata indagine sull'omicidio della prostituta Dora Kelly Lange si intreccerà con le loro vicende. True Detective è stato uno dei casi più ...
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