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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: 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 […]

  • Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township residents gather at Sea of Blue rally

    OLMSTED TOWNSHIP – Two small communities joined in their support for the men and women who protect and serve. They may not have been loud, but their message was clear: blue lives matter.  About 200 people of Olmsted Township and Olmsted Falls took the streets Saturday for a Sea of Blue Rally and March. “We should all be supporting our police officers. Without them, where would we be?  I’d go to any community to support our officers,” Olmsted Township resident Linda […]

  • Your child’s health: Do your kids get sick when the doctor’s office is closed?

    Cleveland – Doesn’t it always seem your child gets sick at night or on the weekends, when the pediatrician’s office is closed?  As we find out in this Your Child’s Health report, thanks to technology, the doctor is in seven days a week. Sonya Shakir, a working mother of three, has found a new place for her children to see the doctor after hours and close to home.  University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital operates HealthSpot.  Similar to Skype or […]

  • Health hazard: Doctors issue warning about laundry pods to parents

    Cleveland – A more convenient way to do laundry, may pose a danger to young children. Products that have been on the market for just a few years, are responsible for sending thousands of children to the Emergency Room. And, as we find out in Your Child’s Health report, pediatricians are concerned. Two-year-old Katie Matty is like most toddlers who are naturally curious.  And, that’s why her mom can see how a small, colored laundry pod might get her attention. […]

  • Your Child’s Health: Is your teen getting 8-9 hours of sleep every night?

    CLEVELAND– Our teens are getting more and more tired.  Sleep experts say that teenagers should be getting eight to nine hours of sleep a night.   But, an estimated thirty to fifty percent of teens are like Charra Thompson, 17, of Cleveland who gets about six or seven hours of sleep a night.   She feels the lack of sleep affects her. “I don’t get enough energy that I need.  And, I think I need more energy for the day,” she said. […]

  • Milkovich Middle School is a Cool School!

    MAPLE HEIGHTS – It is a Cuyahoga County school that continues to strive for improved academic achievements.  Milkovich Middle School, the home of the Mustangs, is proud to be named this week’s Fox 8 Cool School. *Click here to nominate your school! The curriculum at Milkovich Middle School has a focus on literacy and language arts.  It is common to see the sixth, seventh and eighth graders with a book in their hands. “We have a huge emphasis on literacy where […]

  • Summit County residents travel on snowy roads to enjoy their weekend

    SUMMIT COUNTY – For some it was a weekend day for a little fun, especially if you are Austyn Simpson and being taken around on your sled by a four-wheeler.  “I think it’s awesome.  It’s a great day to go sledding out here,” he said. But, it was not so much fun if you were driving on snow covered roads.  “Plenty long I’ve been on the road, it’s terrible out,” Shirl Adamson of Akron said. Summit County Sheriff’s Office issued a […]

  • St. Dominic’s is a Cool School!

    SHAKER HEIGHTS – Faith and a strong sense of togetherness best describes St. Dominic School in Shaker Heights.  It is this week’s Fox 8 Cool School. *Click here to nominate your school! Growing together with Christ is the philosophy at St. Dominic Catholic School. This year, the students are building on the theme to care for all God’s creation. “This means to our school that we are always sticking up for each other and looking out for each other.  The […]

  • Brutal temps can create problems for cars and homes

    CLEVELAND – These bitterly cold temperatures can be brutal, causing havoc in your home and how you get around.   Kathy Spilar of Euclid found out first thing Sunday morning what the frigid weather can do. “I went to turn the water on to make some coffee and there was no water. There was nothing, not even a trickle,” she said. The problem was frozen pipes.  That is something John Langer with H Jacks Plumbing & Heating finds can happen a […]

  • Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School is a Cool School!

    BROADVIEW HEIGHTS – Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School is known as one of most prestigious schools in Northeast Ohio, excelling in both academics and athletics. It now adds Fox 8 Cool School to its honors. At Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, students are put in the most challenging learning experience they can handle. The students’ pledge to the principal comes down to four letters: G-E-B-D, which stands for Get Better Every Day. “A lot of people say different things about G.E.B.D.  I think […]