Mary Loos


Mary Loos
Mary Loos
Mary Loos is KATU’s weekend morning meteorologist and a reporter during the week.

Mary began her career in news at 15, writing for her hometown newspaper. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Loyola Marymount University and a Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.

After a stint as a radio DJ, Mary took to the skies as an airborne traffic reporter, managing to log some hours in the pilot’s seat of a Cessna 172.

She found her calling as a TV meteorologist in San Diego, but decided “light today, dark tonight” was not a forecasting challenge. Instead she moved on in search of real weather in Boise, ID and Knoxville, TN.

She’s covered everything from “thunder snow” to deadly tornado outbreaks. Mary also spent three years in Seattle at NWCN and KING 5.

Mary met her husband, Jack Penning, in 2004 and after several years of commuting between Seattle and Portland, they decided to call Portland home. During her four years as morning anchor for KEX radio, Mary covered a variety of stories. The biggest, the Flight of Friendship to Japan, earned her an Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Series in 2012.

Mary and Jack enjoy international travel, cooking, and spending time with their dogs. Their two Miniature Schnauzers, Willis and Lucy, have their own Twitter feed. Follow the dogs here: @WillisNLucy.

Recent stories by Mary Loos

Local Parents: Exclusion Day is Wednesday Parents: Exclusion Day is Wednesday (Video)
Wednesday is Exclusion Day in Oregon. Your kids need to be up-to-date on their immunizations or have an exemption; otherwise, they’ll have to stay home from school.
Local P-Town Eats: How-to make crab cakes P-Town Eats: How-to make crab cakes (Video)
KATU's Mary Loos is in the kitchen with Chef David Ezelle from RingSide Fish House to learn how to make their famous Dungeness Crab Cakes.
Local The 'real' Christian Grey The 'real' Christian Grey
Portland's Heathman Hotel has become a star thanks to the E.L. James book, "50 Shades of Grey." But did she take inspiration for her lead character from a real man named Christian who works there? KATU's Mary Loos goes in search of answers.