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Kelly Lange (born 1937) is an Americanmarker journalist, most notable for being the first woman to be a nightly news anchor in Los Angelesmarker. One day in 1967, a fashion model named Kelly Lange got into a line at a Buena Park shopping mall, 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 re-christened 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 in the helicopter, spotting news and reporting traffic for KABC, later joining NBC-4 in 1971. NBC News refers to Lange as the first woman to anchor a nightly newscast at an NBC owned station. Lange is a radio and TV news reporter, talk show host, former Tournament of Roses parade co-host, longtime southern California local news anchor, and a best-selling mystery author. TV Guide said Lange was the first local newscaster to be paid $1million per year.

Lange served as Rose Bowl 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-TVmarker from 1971-1999. She won several Emmy Awards as well as once serving as the award program host.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-TVmarker, 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.


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