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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
  • Bond set for suspect charged in early morning rape case

    CLEVELAND — Bond has been set for the man charged in connection with the rape in a Cleveland neighborhood earlier this month. James W. Daniel III was arraigned Saturday morning in a Cleveland Municipal courtroom on a rape charge. On Thursday, the Cleveland Division of Police arrested Daniel III at a home on West 87th and Lake Avenue. The assault happened on Sept. 2 around 5:41 a.m. as a woman was engaged in her morning exercise routine on Cleveland’s west-side. […]

  • Mayfield Middle is a Cool School!

    MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio– The energy is electric and the enthusiasm is ever present with Mayfield Middle being named this week’s FOX 8 Cool School. There are some new and innovative classes at Mayfield Middle School. You could say it’s all about STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Eighth graders are learning about automation and robotics. “I think STEM class will be very helpful in the future because we are learning a lot about gears and how stuff […]

  • Thousands walk in CLE to raise awareness about autism

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Their numbers were great. Nearly 4,000 people took part in the one-mile walk around Progressive Field Sunday for the Cleveland Walk Now For Autism Speaks. With each step, they were on pace to raising awareness about autism.  The spectrum disorder presents a person with communication, social and behavioral challenges.  They walked so others would know. “The struggles that the kids have — how hard it is for them to function every day, just within our society and […]

  • Brides Against Breast Cancer: Gowns for a great cause

    MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio– Getting a bridal gown can be one of the most costly expenses of a wedding, but, it may not have to be. There is an opportunity to get a wedding dress at a discounted price this weekend. And, the proceeds from the sales go to a worthy cause. The Brides Against Breast Cancer has brought its Tour of Gowns to the Hilton Garden Inn in Mayfield Village. Melissa Overstreet with Brides Against Breast Cancer said there about […]

  • Chippewa High School is a Cool School!

    DOYLESTOWN- Chippewa High School in Doylestown has a tradition of excellence based on a history of achievement. In 2012, it became the first high school in Wayne County to be named a National Blue Ribbon School.  And, Chippewa High has repeatedly been rated “excellent” by the State of Ohio. “It shows like over the past years, like how much achievement we’ve had — whether it’s from sports, to band, to our academics even.  Our O-G-T scores are always high and […]

  • Police collect hundreds of weapons, run out of gift cards at buyback event

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The City of Cleveland operated its gun buyback program outside Public Safety Central on Payne Avenue Saturday, collecting a total of 270 weapons. In exchange for a working weapon, people were given two tickets to a Monsters game, a $100 gift card for a handgun and a $200 gift card for an assault weapon. The purpose of the program is to get guns off the streets. That’s why Donald Pollack, of Cleveland, turned in a pistol. “If […]

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    Bedford judge found guilty of soliciting, falsification

    CLEVELAND – A Bedford Municipal Court judge accused of misusing his position to have sex with prostitutes was found guilty of five misdemeanor counts, including soliciting and falsification. Judge Harry Jacob was found not guilty on all remaining felony counts, including possessing criminal tools, tampering with records and tampering with evidence. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brian Corrigan issued the verdict Thursday. Because Jacob, 57, of Solon, was found guilty of misdemeanors and not felonies, it is possible for him […]

  • Teacher accused of asking teenage boys for nude photos of themselves

    LORAIN, Ohio– A local teacher finds himself out of the classroom and facing some serious charges. Sean Silvasy should be teaching math at Credit Recovery Academy, an alternative high school in the Lorain City School District. Instead, Silvasy, 43, is charged with two counts of attempted illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material after allegedly asking two teenage boys to send nude photos of themselves to him. “It’s disgusting for one thing,” Lorain resident Grace Sturgell said. According to […]

  • Services still held days after fire destroys Lorain church

    LORAIN, Ohio — Sunday services were still held just days after fire destroyed a church in Lorain. An open field on Washington Avenue served as the place of worship for members of the First Lutheran Church. A fire early Thursday morning gutted the church. “The church was here today. The church isn’t over there. That’s strictly our residence. But, the church was here and the church is vital,” church member Brad Hoffman said. More than 400 people gathered to pray, […]

  • Three spectators could face charges in high school football game fight

    GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — It is yet to be determined what disciplinary action will be taken following a huge fight on the football field between two area high school teams. Garfield Heights police had just cleared a disturbance in the stands, when violence erupted on the field in the game between Cleveland’s Collinwood Railroaders and the Garfield Heights Bulldogs just minutes in to the third quarter Friday night. Michael Rojak watched in horror as a Garfield Heights teammate was stomped […]

  • 3 arrested after fight at Garfield Heights vs Collinwood game

    GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Several police departments responded to the Garfield Heights vs Collinwood high school football game in Garfield Heights Friday night when a huge fight broke out. Police say during the 3rd quarter, one of the players took a cheap shot on the field; then, a receiver for Garfield Heights started getting dragged across the field. Police say they had to stop the game when a huge fight broke out. Two people, including a football player, were taken […]

  • ‘Night of fun’ causes heartache, damage in local neighborhood

    TWINSBURG, Ohio– Vandals target the Abrams Farm development in Twinsburg, taking aim at mailboxes over the weekend. Betty-Jo Holmes of Abrams Drive heard a bang around midnight Sunday. Police said her brick mailbox was among 21 mailboxes damaged. “It is completely random, I understand. So, I am trying not to take it personal. But, it’s just disheartening.” Based on the damage, police believe all the mailboxes were smashed with a baseball bat or a sledge hammer. Not all were brick. […]