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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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128 news items

Water Technology Online

Water Technology Online
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:52:30 -0700

During a Dow Water Academy webinar on August 26, Felipe Pinto, regional marketing manager – Americas – Dow Chemical Company, and Kelly Lange-Haider, P.E., Dow Chemical Company's North America technical service and development leader, ...


Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:56:14 -0700

This two-hour sunset cruise will feature Mike and Kelly Lange, lifelong boaters who will sing original and classic material, some with a maritime theme, and some with a broader reach. Mike has played thousands of gigs in the Mid-Atlantic and at a ...


Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:29:28 -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.

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 ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:00:06 -0700

“My name is Kelly Lange and I have Stage IV metastatic breast cancer.” “My name is O.J. Brigance and I am here in opposition to Senate Bill 676.” Famous athlete O.J. Brigance and determined advocate Kelly Lange face life and death decisions on a level ...
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.
Washington City Paper (blog)
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:03:45 -0700

So says Kelly Lange, a women with metastatic cancer who has advocated for death with dignity legislation in Maryland. Read our latest cover story about Lange's and D.C. advocates' uphill battle to change end-of-life treatment in the region. LEADING THE ...

KOAT Albuquerque

KOAT Albuquerque
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:45:00 -0700

A storm chaser drives into a storm in Iowa, seeing the damage firsthand. From Kelly Lange/@langekelly7 (Twitter). Show Transcript Hide Transcript. Advertising. Video Transcript. A storm chaser drives into a storm in Iowa, seeing the damage firsthand.

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