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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
  • City officials, residents meet to discuss the future of police body cameras in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND – The use of police body cameras was the subject of an intense discussion Saturday. Concerned citizens continue to ask questions about them, as the City of Cleveland continues to fine tune its policy on how they are used. The Greater Cleveland Civil and Human Rights Coalition organized a community forum to address police accountability.  The suggestion is that body cameras will create greater transparency when it comes to citizen complaints of police use of excessive force. “As long as […]

  • Your child’s health: Distracted driving

    CHAGRIN FALLS –The State Highway Patrol reminds us to keep our eyes focused on the road — as April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  Another thing to keep in mind,  it’s against Ohio law for drivers under 18 to use a cell phone when driving.  In today’s “Your Child’s Health” report, some teen drivers found out just how well they would deal with distractions when behind the wheel. Injury Prevention Specialists from Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital are putting some […]

  • Sailorway Middle School is a Cool School!

    VERMILION – Sailorway Middle School in Vermilion, home of the Sailors, is on course for its students to become leaders and lifelong learners. They follow an exploratory curriculum.   Supported by technology and sparked by teacher ingenuity, the goal is for the students to experience their education. “We usually do fun stuff in our specials and science and social studies.  Math is really cool. It is not going to get boring anytime soon,” fourth grader Madison Cooper said. *Click here to nominate […]

  • Your child’s health: Ear infections

    CLEVELAND – Did you know that ear infections are the most common childhood illness after the common cold?  And, those earaches can be real heartaches for parents. As we find out in this “Your Child’s Health” report, when the pain is too much and too often, it’s probably time to see a specialist. Three-year-old Spencer Stopa has gotten used to the doctor looking in his ears.  He has been having reoccurring ear infections. “It seems to be every other month and […]

  • Kirtland Elementary is a Cool School!

    KIRTLAND – Students at Kirtland Elementary sing the praises of their school after being named a Fox 8 Cool School. At the home of the Hornets, students work independently or in small groups with specific feedback from their teachers. They set goals to stay engaged in their learning. Their academic achievements are highlighted in a personal portfolio. “The teachers put all our best work in there,” first grader Emily Zivko said. Technology is integrated into the curriculum for all students, kindergarten […]

  • Officials continue to investigate unknown substance found in Lake Erie

    CLEVELAND –   An investigation is underway and clean up continues after an unknown substance was released into Lake Erie. Operations at a Cleveland yacht club will have to wait until the mystery material at the marina is cleared. Sunday marked day 3 of the cleanup of the marina at Cleveland’s Forest City Yacht Club.  Pollution responders with the Coast Guard and the E-P-A have been working since Friday to contain and clear an unknown substance that spilled into the water. Lieutenant […]

  • Confirmed case of Tuberculosis at Jennings Community Learning Center in Akron

    AKRON – An active case of tuberculosis has been identified at Jennings Community Learning Center in Akron.  It has not been disclosed if the person infected is a child or an adult. Dr. Margo Erme, Medical Director with the Summit County Public Health described tuberculosis as a pulmonary infection. “It is uncommon, but it is not rare.  It will affect mainly the lungs, but it can affect other parts of the body,” she said. Tuberculosis is contagious and can spread through […]

  • Your child’s health: Dealing with potty training

    Potty training is a milestone for most parents, taking a step towards your child growing up. Doctors encourage a four-step approach to move towards getting your child away from diapers. Children should understand that going to the bathroom is normal and that’s where you’re supposed to go when you have the urges to go. Also, accidents are bound to happen, but they should be used as learning experiences, not punishment. If you would like to submit a question or concern […]

  • Mentor High is a cool school!

    MENTOR – The Sparkle Cheerleaders shine; they are excited that Mentor High, the home of the Cardinals, is named this week’s Fox 8 Cool School. With more than 2500 students, this big school is able to offer more educational opportunities and in an advanced academic environment.  “We continue to increase the number of classes that we’re offering both in the digital platform and traditional classes. We were an AP/honor roll school this year and next year we are going to be […]

  • Your Child’s Health: The ways to please a picky eater

    CLEVELAND– The dinner table doesn’t have to be a battlefield over who’s going to win the ‘veggie fight’ — you or your child.  As we find out in today’s Your Child’s Health report, parents should forget the pressure approach and have a little patience and some creativity. Shaun Cummings is like most moms who would like her child to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.  But, two-year-old Eve is like many youngsters. “She’s a picky eater.  She’ll eat the basic things like […]

  • Brooklyn Middle School is a Cool School!

    BROOKLYN – Brooklyn Middle School is being recognized as a Fox 8 Cool School.  It dates back to 1922 and is in the process of becoming a new school.  The $26-million dollar project was approved by the voters of Brooklyn.   When the new school opens in the fall, the enrollment will double. The elementary school will close and Pre-K through fourth graders will join the fifth, sixth and seventh graders here. “Now, since we’re getting into a new building and everything […]

  • As warmer weather approaches, Cleveland residents should prepare for construction

    CLEVELAND – Spring is here and so is road construction season.  The orange barrels are out.  There are some traffic changes you should know about before you head to work Monday morning. ODOT work done over the weekend will affect west side motorists traveling eastbound on I-90.  While all four lanes are open, there is a traffic shift as you approach downtown near West 25th street. “All lanes are shifted to the right to allow some work to happen in the […]