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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
  • Your child’s health: Dental care

    CLEVELAND – The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry calls it an “epidemic.”  In the U.S. early childhood dental decay is found in 27 percent of all children under the age of six. But, that can be prevented and it starts with taking care of the baby teeth. A pediatric dentist at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital is giving 18-month-old Mayer Berlin his first oral exam.   Mom has found it is never too early to start good dental care. “I know […]

  • Perry Middle School is a Cool School!

    PERRY – Perry Middle School, home of the pirates, is on path to being #1 in learning. It a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and it was recently recognized as an innovative learning network school. “Everyone at this school really works hard to keep it improving, keep it innovative, keep it interesting,” 8th grader Olivia Kline said. The mission at Perry Middle School is to inspire all students to achieve personal excellence and to become self-directed, lifelong learners. “Perry Middle […]

  • Your child’s health: Bike safety

    EUCLID – Most kids find riding a bike is fun and gets them where they want to go.  But, one place shouldn’t be to the hospital. More children ages 5 to 14 are seen in the emergency room for bike related injuries than any other sport. The single most effective way to be safe: use your head, wear a helmet. The Safety Squad from Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital brought an important lesson to the students at Shoreview Elementary School in […]

  • Surrarrer Elementary School is a Cool School!

    STRONGSVILLE – Surrarrer Elementary School in Strongsville has been recognized as an Excellent with Distinction school in the past and has now received an “A” rating on the state report card.  “There’s a positive learning climate here at Surrarrer Elementary School. With that climate comes with a lot of hard work.  Certainly I congratulate our students for their exceptional achievement,” Superintendent John Krupinski said. The mission at Surrarrer Elementary School is to motivate all individuals to learn by promoting and […]

  • ‘Did it for my dad': Local fireman runs Cleveland Marathon in full gear for ALS awareness

    CLEVELAND – There is bound to be some tired bodies and blistered feet tonight, after thousands of runners took part in the 2015 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.  Humidity and a little rain did not deter some 18,000 runners from participating in the Cleveland Marathon, now it its 38th year.    The marathoners went the 26.2 miles from Cleveland to Rocky River and back, fueled by true grit and determination. Abraham Chelanga of Kenya won the men’s marathon with a time of 2:16:20.  […]

  • Your child’s health: ADHD

    CLEVELAND – Stacey Allen works with her son Isaiah as he studies for his spelling test.   She says doing his homework is a lot better than it used to be for her first grader, who has had some troubles at school. “With Isaiah — a little bit after he started kindergarten, we started noticing some troubles staying focused in class, being able to work well with his peers, and not really able to sit still and really focus on the […]

  • Willoughby South High School is a Cool School!

    WILLOUGHBY  –  “We are an academic institution” – that is the slogan at Willoughby South High School in Lake County. The mindset is to aim to be excellent. That means the fundamentals of learning come first.  “There are so many challenging courses here, including the Advanced Placement courses.  There are so many offered. We don’t just learn about academic, we also learn about what life’s going to be after we graduate,” senior Elizabeth Herpy said. *Click here to nominate your […]

  • Your child’s health: Breaking bad habits

    CLEVELAND – Bad habits: adults have them and children do, too. They can happen at any age.   And, they usually cause more social than medical harm.  There are ways parents can help their children break bad habits. What might be socially unacceptable can be soothing and relaxing for the child.  What Ariele Lewis’ child does is annoying to her. “My five-year-old son picks his nose and bites his toenails, constantly,” she said shaking her head. So, what’s a parent to do?   […]

  • Wickliffe Middle School is a Cool School!

    WICKLIFFE – Wickliffe Middle School may be the home of the Blue Devils, but the fifth through eighth graders follow the school motto to be respectful, responsible and to do their personal best.  And, achieving in the classroom is based on students following an enhanced curriculum.   It is strong on the STEM concepts.   It puts an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. “STEM is a process that students go through where they investigate and do project based learning and create […]

  • Family remembers Taylor Robinson two years after she disappeared

    AKRON – It has now been two years since a young Akron woman went missing and was later found dead. Police continue to try to find out what happened to Taylor Robinson.  “I told her I loved her.  And, I told her I would see her in the morning.  She said ‘ok, I love you.’”  Carmella Rucker said that was two years ago and the last time she saw her daughter.  When she went to pick up Taylor from her […]

  • Your child’s health: Seasonal allergies

    CLEVELAND – The flowers have sprung and the trees are in bloom.  And, with spring, Rebecca Levik seems to get sick.  “I’m always stuffy and I have a running nose and I sneeze and I cough a lot,” the 12-year-old said. Natalie Farber noticed that her daughter’s cold-like symptoms seemed to linger.  “Initially it was once in a while, but then it became more often and now it’s like every day. “So we’re thinking it’s not cold, but allergies, she said. […]

  • Robinson G. Jones Elementary School is a Cool School!

    CLEVELAND – “Work Hard, Get Smart” is the motto at Robinson G. Jones Elementary School.  It is an investment school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The goal is to turn a struggling school around.  “With that in mind, additional resources came — such as new curriculum materials, technology, additional staffing and wrap around services.  So we are really looking at serving the whole child in order to improve the performance in the classroom,” Curriculum Specialist Wendy Rose-Geiling said. *Click here […]