Mary Loos

Meteorologist/Reporter

Mary Loos
Mary Loos
Meteorologist/Reporter
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 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.
Local Tackling tree troubles after the storm Tackling tree troubles after the storm (Video)
Trees are falling all over the metro area with the windstorm. What can you do to get a tree assessed, hire the right person, and maybe even get a fallen tree replaced? KATU's Mary Loos has some answers.
Local Support grows for Portland immigrant taking sanctuary at church Support grows for Portland immigrant taking sanctuary at church (Video)
A community activist who first came to the U.S. from El Salvador nearly two decades ago continues to seek sanctuary in a Portland church as authorities try to deport him. Now the church community and others are rallying in his support.