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

Entertainment Review: Liam Neeson back in action in 'Non-Stop' Review: Liam Neeson back in action in 'Non-Stop'
Liam Neeson is back in action as an Air Marshal in "Non-Stop." Neeson began the "action hero" portion of his career back in 1990 with "Darkman." It's still a bit weird to see him in movies like this, and I went in thinking, "This is gonna be a stinker."
Local Parents rally to support PPS teachers Parents rally to support PPS teachers
A group of parents and community members plan to rally at Portland Public Schools headquarters this morning on the final day of mediated contract negotiations.
Local District hints about enrollment changes at Benson HS District hints about enrollment changes at Benson HS
Monday night's Portland Public School Board meeting held a glimmer of hope for some local parents and students as plans were announced to discuss changes to Benson High's enrollment cap at the next meeting.