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Kelly Lange
Born Dorothy Scafard[1]
(1937-12-14) December 14, 1937 (age 78)
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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WLBZ2.com

WLBZ2.com
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:11:15 -0800

And its going to happen, its just a question of when," said Kelly Lange. All three women have stage four breast cancer. Death comes up at every meeting of their informal support group, of which 23 members have died since 2007. "When I metastasized to ...

WBAL Baltimore

WBAL Baltimore
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:58:35 -0800

KELLY LANGE HAS STAGE FOUR METASTATIC BREAST CANCER. SHE HAS WITNESSED THE LONG AND PAINFUL DEATH OF FRIENDS WHO SUFFER ARE THE DIAGNOSIS. >> EVENTUALLY THE DRUGS STOP FROM CANCER IS IN MY FUTURE.

CBS Local

CBS Local
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:11:14 -0800

“My dear friend Marlene who testified with me last year passed away in November in terrible pain as a matter of fact. I know she was in favor of this and would have benefitted from this choice,” said Kelly Lange, who's an end of life supporter. Last ...

KCRG

KCRG
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:47:20 -0800

(Courtesy: Kelly Lange). The Fort Dodge Messenger reports the front wall of the building on Central Avenue has been knocked down and additional demolition is in progress. Fire Chief Kent Hulett said the front and rear walls of the building were ...
 
The Leader Union
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:11:15 -0800

Second quarter honor roll – Cullen Beatty, Steven Bolyard, Erin Bone, Zach Carrell, Mary Cox, Spencer Craig, Sarah England, Justin Evans, Katelyn Fisher, Tifani Giller, Destanie Ishum, Ty James, Chelsea Kahle, Megan Kimberlin, Kelly Lange, Gracie ...

WHAG

WHAG
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:31:21 -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.

CapitalGazette.com

CapitalGazette.com
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 ...

CapitalGazette.com

CapitalGazette.com
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 ...
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