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.


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    Powers Elementary is a cool school!

    AMHERST- Powers Elementary in Amherst is a state recognized “Excellent” school and now it has been named a Fox 8 Cool School. This was the first year for all-day kindergarten and it had great results with students learning how to read and write. The fundamentals of learning here is based on positive behavior in the classroom. “Because if you have positive behavior students are going to be on task, responsible, respectful and that will only make their education grow,” Kindergarten […]

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    Students help celebrate their principal’s retirement with flash mob

    EASTLAKE- The end of the school year can be an emotional time and the emotions were flowing at one Lake County School for a beloved principal. The students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Eastlake first had a special song and dance for their principal, Mr. Tim Hamman. Then, they surrounded him in a flash mob, all because he is retiring. Mr. Hamman has been an educator for 35 years. The last six years were spent as principal at Thomas […]

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    Free concert, Rock Hall admission included in how CLE will say thank you after RNC

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– In 64 days, the Republican National Convention will be over, and The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee is busy planning for that, too. It has some free, community events planned for the last weekend in July. It is Cleveland’s way of thanking the people of Northeast Ohio and the thousands of volunteers for their support of the RNC. It begins with the return of the Cleveland Orchestra Star Spangled Spectacular concert on Friday, July 29. The night will be capped […]

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    Bedford High School is a cool school!

    BEDFORD – School Pride is showing at Bedford High where students are proud to be a Bearcat. Bedford High is also proud of its continuing academic success. Over the past five years, the school’s performance index has increased to 94%. This is one way the state measures a school’s academic improvement. “We offer a variety of classes, but the classes that mostly set you up you know for college level are the Honors and AP classes. And, we offer a variety […]

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    10-year-old boy gets 3-D printed prosthetic hand

    MAYFIELD VILLAGE– This is a day Manny Kothe of Lyndhurst will not soon forget. He received his first ever, custom fitted prosthetic hand. The hand was made by students in the CADD or Computer Aided Drafting and Design program at the Mayfield Innovation Center. They used a 3-D printer to make and assemble the hand. “It is a 3-D printed prosthetic hand. Just like any prosthetic hand, it is fit for the recipient and designed and modified for them,” CADD […]

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    Wayne Dawson, brother speak to Cleveland youth at Cycle Breakers Conference

    WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS – One can lead a life destined for the despair and destruction, or take the steps towards a positive change. That was the message for hundreds of area young people at the Cycle Breakers Conference held at Tri-C East Friday. It was the second year Fox 8 News in the Morning Anchor Wayne Dawson and his brother, East Cleveland Municipal Judge William Dawson, put on the conference through the Annie L. Dawson Foundation. Their mother believed in the […]

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    Green Middle School is a cool school!

    GREEN, Ohio – The seventh and eighth graders at Green Middle School in Summit County pride themselves on being ‘Bulldog Strong.’ They are strong in academics and strong in character. Green Middle has repeatedly been recognized as an excellent school. “Every student we have here in this building is important and that’s the way our staff looks at it, that’s the way the community looks at it. And, we want to make sure that they are provided with the best education […]

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    Blooming for the RNC: Official florists revealed for the convention

    CLEVELAND– Another item is checked off the RNC do to list. We now know who will be doing all the flowers for the convention. The Committee on Arrangements has selected not one, but six local businesses to be the official florists of Republican National Convention. Dozens of area florists competed for the job by providing two displays to be judged. Floral arrangements will bring vibrant colors and a local flair to convention. Thousands of flower arrangements will be needed for […]

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    Normandy Elementary is a cool school!

    BAY VILLAGE – All students kindergarten through second grade at Normandy Elementary in Bay Village learn Spanish. But, mastering the English language is the foundation of all learning at this school. One school, one book – where everyone reads the same book — is just one of a number of literacy programs in place here. “It’s like a fun program and also to help us learn to read,” second grader Max Fischer said. There is also a reading challenge at Normandy […]

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    ‘We don’t let them be forgotten’: Akron officers remembered for service, sacrifice

    AKRON, Ohio– They took an oath “to protect and serve” and their service and sacrifice are not forgotten. The Akron Police Department held its annual police memorial Wednesday. They recognized 25 Akron officers and one Kenmore deputy marshal who all died in the line of duty. There was an honor roll call for each officer — from Deputy Marshal Arthur Doubledee who died one hundred years ago — to Akron Officer Justin Winebrenner who was shot and killed in November 2014. “The […]

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    Mentor police officer honoring fallen Euclid officer during memorial bike ride

    EUCLID – It is a memorial bike ride to honor fallen officers so we never forget their service and their sacrifice. Officer Erik Kupchik, a 14-year veteran with the Mentor Police Department, will be participating in the Police Unity Tour. It’s a 4-day, 325-mile bicycle ride from Newark, New Jersey to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. The ride raises awareness for fallen officers and raises money for the memorial. Officer Kupchik is riding in memory of Euclid […]

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    East Cleveland petitions state for bankruptcy protection

    EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio– East Cleveland takes a desperate step towards keeping the city running. Citing decades of economic decline and dramatic decreases in revenue, East Cleveland is petitioning to the state of Ohio for bankruptcy protection. In a letter to the state commissioner, East Cleveland states it does not have the money to provide basic police, fire and EMS protection, and standard city services. Bankruptcy protection is one way to keep from losing taxpayer money. Mayor Gary Norton, Jr. said […]