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
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    Riverside hosts Valentine’s Day dance for local students with special needs

    PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP – Love may be in the air, but so is true friendship. Some students had a break from classes today and instead were moving to the music at the Riverside Valentine’s Day Dance. Riverside High School hosts the dance for special needs students and their peer mentors from throughout Lake County. This is the tenth year for the dance. So for some, it was a chance to rekindle old friendships  and for others it was a way to meet […]

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    Avon Lake High School is a Cool School!

    AVON LAKE – ‘Together Shoremen, Forever Shoremen’ that is the motto and the feeling at Avon Lake High School. Both US News, World Report and Newsweek magazine have recognized Avon Lake as one of the top high schools in the country. It has a 100% graduation rate and more than 90% of its students go to college. **More on Cool Schools here** “I think it starts with a mindset of always doing your best. Learning the material and no matter […]

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    New stem cell procedure being performed here in Northeast Ohio

    MAYFIELD HEIGHTS – A new medical procedure being done for first time in our area has people basically healing themselves. Steve Shopp of Parma wanted to dance pain-free at his 50th wedding anniversary. He had already had one knee replacement surgery. But, for his right knee — he underwent a non-surgical regenerative medical procedure at Regen Orthopedics. Dr. Trevor Bullock, orthopedic specialist with Regen Orthopedics said the person’s own stem cells are injected into the injured or damaged area. “And, these […]

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    Cleveland Heights woman hoping for the return of her lost service dog

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS – A Cleveland Heights woman is feeling lost; her dog has been missing for nearly a week. Jodie DiDonato is desperate to find Ducati. Her 3-year-old tan German Shepherd mix somehow got out of her outdoor cage last Friday. She was last seen in the area of Monticello and Cleveland Heights Blvd. But, Ducati is more than Jodie’s pet. She is an emotional stability service dog. Family and friends have gone on Facebook and searched the neighborhood for […]

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    Park Elementary is a Cool School!

    CHARDON – Park Elementary in Chardon is a state recognized Hall of Fame school. One could say that these kindergartners through the fifth graders are on the “same page. They are participating in the “one book, one school” program. It’s when everyone one reads the same book that is focused on setting and reaching one’s goals. Teachers have found ways to balance technology and the arts, while meeting the mandated curriculum. Many hands-on projects are integrated into the classroom, like […]

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    Last class of a local school finally has its yearbook more than 25 years later

    CLEVELAND– It took more than two decades, but the last class of an all-boys Catholic high school has its yearbook. Back in 1990, no student volunteered to put together a yearbook for St. Joseph High School in Cleveland. So none was ever made. The widow of the yearbook adviser found thousands of pictures from that year, after his death and again looked for someone to make a yearbook. This time, 1990 graduate Daniel Regovich volunteered. He said he regretted not doing […]

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    Garfield Heights Middle School is a Cool School!

    GARFIELD HEIGHTS – Garfield Heights Middle School is in position to become an all-inclusive school.  The goal is for every student to achieve. The first noticeable change is a co-taught classroom.   Two teachers collaborate and instruct in the math and language arts classes for each grade.  “We get to see things through so many perspectives.  We also get to teach in small groups more often.  We do a lot of parallel teaching.  It pretty much provides the intervention for all […]

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    Sandusky High School is a Cool School!

    SANDUSKY – Sandusky High School , home of the Blue Streaks, gave a warm and spirited welcome after being named this week’s Fox 8 Cool School. Its legacy is built on pride, tradition, and excellence in academics. “As a graduate of this high school, I can attest to dynamic teaching, great student involvement and probably what separates us from other schools is the fact that we have so many wonderful kids who are so involved in so many activities,” Dr. […]

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    Chili challenge: Akron firefighters take part in spicy competition for a good cause

    AKRON- Some Akron workers engaged in a “heated” competition, but it was all for a good cause. The 10th annual Firefighter’s chili challenge was held at Lock 3 in Akron Friday. Akron firefighters, who have been past winners, challenged others to prepare the best chili in town. Five other competitors were willing the “spice it up” to take on the famous firehouse chili makers. Ten dollars bought six servings of chili, with all proceeds benefiting Akron Children’s Hospital’s Burn Unit. Everyone, […]

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    Avon East Elementary School is a Cool School!

    AVON, Ohio– The first and second graders at Avon East Elementary proudly sing the school song. They are the Eagles who are eager to soar to new heights. Their success is built around positive behavior. “We breed a positive culture at our school thru incentives, just different things that we can do to make our school proud. We have expectations. We teach them how to be safe, own their own behavior thru academics and to be responsible,” principal Krista Kotecki said. […]

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    Akron Symphony follows Drew Carey’s suggestion, will exchange orchestra tickets for Browns tickets

    AKRON – It’s an opportunity to bail on the Cleveland Browns, for a seat at the symphony. The idea started with longtime Browns supporter Drew Carey fed up with the team like many, suggesting that fans not go the game and instead go to the orchestra. The Akron Symphony jumped on that suggestion. Disgruntled fans can now exchange any Browns ticket from this season for a ticket to the Akron Symphony’s Orchestra’s Home for the Holidays concert at 7:30 p.m. […]

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    Shiloh Middle School is a Cool School!

    PARMA – Shiloh is one of three middle schools in the Parma School District. Top on the list for these fifth, sixth and seventh graders: is to have a sense of belonging. That’s where the W-E-B comes in. “It stands for Where Everyone Belongs. We like to comfort the fifth graders and make them feel at home. Being involved in this program makes us feel good, that we are helping the younger kids, the fifth graders. And, it makes them feel […]