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Maria is truly one of Cleveland's Own. This veteran news broadcaster has lived and worked in Northeast Ohio her entire life.

Maria was born in Cleveland to immigrant Italian parents. She grew up in Garfield Heights, and went on to graduate third in her class from Garfield Heights High School.

Maria attended Kent State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications.

One week after graduating from KSU, Maria started working as a Desk Assistant at WKYC-TV. After 2 1/2 years there, she went on to become a Producer/ Director/ Reporter at WYTV-TV in Youngstown.

But, the bulk of Maria's broadcast career has been spent here at WJW Fox 8 News.

She has been a Newscast Producer, Planning Producer, Special Projects Producer, Assignment Editor and Field Producer.

She has received several emmy nominations and broadcast awards for her writing and producing.

Maria is married and has two teenage children.


Recent Articles
  • Milkovich Middle School is a Cool School!

    MAPLE HEIGHTS – It is a Cuyahoga County school that continues to strive for improved academic achievements.  Milkovich Middle School, the home of the Mustangs, is proud to be named this week’s Fox 8 Cool School. *Click here to nominate your school! The curriculum at Milkovich Middle School has a focus on literacy and language arts.  It is common to see the sixth, seventh and eighth graders with a book in their hands. “We have a huge emphasis on literacy where […]

  • Summit County residents travel on snowy roads to enjoy their weekend

    SUMMIT COUNTY – For some it was a weekend day for a little fun, especially if you are Austyn Simpson and being taken around on your sled by a four-wheeler.  “I think it’s awesome.  It’s a great day to go sledding out here,” he said. But, it was not so much fun if you were driving on snow covered roads.  “Plenty long I’ve been on the road, it’s terrible out,” Shirl Adamson of Akron said. Summit County Sheriff’s Office issued a […]

  • St. Dominic’s is a Cool School!

    SHAKER HEIGHTS – Faith and a strong sense of togetherness best describes St. Dominic School in Shaker Heights.  It is this week’s Fox 8 Cool School. *Click here to nominate your school! Growing together with Christ is the philosophy at St. Dominic Catholic School. This year, the students are building on the theme to care for all God’s creation. “This means to our school that we are always sticking up for each other and looking out for each other.  The […]

  • Brutal temps can create problems for cars and homes

    CLEVELAND – These bitterly cold temperatures can be brutal, causing havoc in your home and how you get around.   Kathy Spilar of Euclid found out first thing Sunday morning what the frigid weather can do. “I went to turn the water on to make some coffee and there was no water. There was nothing, not even a trickle,” she said. The problem was frozen pipes.  That is something John Langer with H Jacks Plumbing & Heating finds can happen a […]

  • Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School is a Cool School!

    BROADVIEW HEIGHTS – Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School is known as one of most prestigious schools in Northeast Ohio, excelling in both academics and athletics. It now adds Fox 8 Cool School to its honors. At Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, students are put in the most challenging learning experience they can handle. The students’ pledge to the principal comes down to four letters: G-E-B-D, which stands for Get Better Every Day. “A lot of people say different things about G.E.B.D.  I think […]

  • Broadmoor’s undefeated basketball team defeats VASJ in exhibition game

    CLEVELAND – Two standout basketball teams put their winning seasons on the line Friday.  But unlike most games, the final score was not the most important part. The camaraderie on the court made everyone a winner. The undefeated Broadmoor Bobcats from the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Mentor traveled to Villa Angela St. Joseph to take on the Vikings.  The Vikings are undefeated at home. Both teams were looking for a “W” in this exhibition game.  Bobcats player […]

  • Hambden Elementary is a Cool School!

    CHARDON – New concepts taking place inside an old building – that best describes what is going on at one Geauga County Elementary School. Hambden Elementary in Chardon has the distinction of being this week’s Fox 8 Cool School. All students, kindergarten through the fifth grade follow the school rule to be a ‘hero’. “Hero stands for Help Everyone, Respect Others.  We just help each other and everybody does their best,” fifth grader Andrew Nelson explained. *Click here to nominate your […]

  • Fire Department, EMS respond to second carbon monoxide incident in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND – Cleveland Fire and EMS responded to another incident of elevated carbon monoxide levels at the Neal Terrace Apartments on Cleveland’s west side Sunday morning.  This was the second time since Wednesday. Cleveland Fire Chief Pat Kelly said this time the CO detector alerted the family in unit 24 that something was wrong. “One of their children was experiencing signs and symptoms of the flu which is common to carbon monoxide.  So, Division of Fire responded here and we […]

  • Runners gather to remember Shaker Heights man killed in hit-and-run accident

    SHAKER HEIGHTS – Police continue to look for the driver in a hit-and-run accident that took the life of man who was out on a run last Saturday. Today, a community came together to celebrate the life of a fellow runner. The dedicated run began with a moment of silence.  About 150 runners were running for one reason Saturday: to honor the memory of Jim Caffrey. Caffrey, 51, was killed when he was struck by a car while on an […]

  • Republican National Convention looking for 5k volunteers in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND- The Republican National Convention may be a year and a half away, but plans have started to make sure it will be a great experience for the tens of thousands of visitors to Cleveland. Convention planners are looking for about five thousand volunteers. They will serve as greeters, guides and all-around helpers to provide information to the tens of thousands of delegates and other people who will be here for the convention. The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, experts in […]

  • Middleburg Heights Jr. High School is a Cool School!

    MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS  – Academics comes first and community service is a close second.  That defines Middleburg Heights Junior High and the reason it has been named the Fox 8 Cool School this week. This is the second year for Middleburg Heights Junior High since the consolidation of the Berea School District. With 1400 students in the seventh, eighth and ninth grade, this is a rather large school with one main goal. Academics take top priority; more than one third of the […]

  • The scene where a pedestrian was struck in Shaker Heights. Courtesy Fox 8.

    Local teacher killed in hit-and-run accident remembered within community

    SHAKER HEIGHTS – Police in Shaker Heights continue to investigate a fatal hit-and-run accident, as a city mourns the loss of a beloved member of the community. Police said James Caffrey, 51, was jogging on South Park Boulevard in Shaker Heights when he was struck by a car late Saturday afternoon. The driver kept going. University Heights police confirm the driver of that car was initially stopped for a traffic violation in their city, but, left when the officer approached […]