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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
  • Two people hurt after cable snaps on Skyhawk at Cedar Point

    SANDUSKY — Cedar Point has closed the popular ride the Skyhawk after an incident at the park Saturday night. **At the bottom of this page, view photos of the ride that were taken Sunday morning** It happened around 10 p.m. when a cable on one of the ride’s carriages disconnected. Bryan Edwards, Cedar Point Public Relations Manager, said in a statement that the cable came in contact with two guests. One was treated at the scene and released. As a […]

  • Fallen heroes honored: Remembering their service and sacrifice

    CLEVELAND- Prayer begins the rededication of the Greater Cleveland Veterans War Memorial in Downtown Cleveland Friday. The solemn ceremony was a tribute to the defenders of our country who paid a high price for our freedom. Sandra Andres’ son Joseph was killed in Iraq on December 24, 2005. “Any way that they can honor my son and the other men, I am all for it because they did it — they gave the ultimate sacrifice,” Andres said. The memorial contains […]

  • Breastfeeding mom claims she was asked to leave restaurant

    LYNDHURST, Ohio — At just eight weeks old, Jeffrey Rome, of Willoughby, found himself at the center of a breastfeeding controversy. His mom, Jennifer Rome, and his grandmother were dining at the Gia Lai Restaurant in Legacy Village in Lyndhurst Wednesday night when it was time for Jeffrey to eat, too. “He woke up and was hungry and I breastfeed. So, I decided to move to a booth towards the back of the restaurant away from other patrons,” Rome said. […]

  • 5-year-old’s letter to police shows you’re never too young to make a difference

    WESTLAKE, Ohio — If you doubt that one person can make a difference, you haven’t met 5-year-old Presley Keeton of Westlake. She was concerned about safety in her neighborhood and a letter she wrote to police got an immediate response. Like most children, Presley likes to play outside. But, she didn’t always feel safe outside her house on Bassett Road. Sometimes she sees cars pass by going faster than the posted 25 mph speed limit. So concerned, she decided to […]

  • Party crasher: Driver charged with OVI after driving jeep into pool

    LAKEWOOD, Ohio — An out-of-control driver becomes a “party crasher” in a west-side suburb. And, the person who nearly became a victim ended up saving the driver’s life. An SUV submerged under water is not what one would expect to see at a backyard pool party. But, that was the situation at the Lakewood home of Nancy and Trent Wilson. “And, we looked towards the fence, we heard an explosion. I thought it was bomb. That’s what everyone thought, it’s […]

  • Woman shot after downtown Cleveland celebrations

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Downtown Cleveland was all abuzz following the LeBron “I’m coming home” announcement Friday. The festivities continued into the early morning hours when police say an incident resulted in a woman being shot in the Warehouse District and an arrest being made. Most were unaware of the celebrations that spilled onto West 9th Street earlier when the bars closed. “It gets pretty crazy, and I can only imagine how crazy it was last night after LeBron made his […]

  • Gone in seconds: Countdown to Innerbelt Bridge demolition

    CLEVELAND — It has stood strong for 55 years, but in a matter of seconds, what remains of the Innerbelt Bridge will be coming down. A controlled demolition of the bridge is planned for 6 a.m., Saturday. About 400 explosives are in place to bring down the remaining five spans of the bridge. “I can’t give specifics about where the explosives are, of course, but they are placed in a way that allows the bridge to be cut and allow […]

  • New dispatch center could save lives

    STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — Dispatchers at the new Southwest Emergency Dispatch Center now handle all 911 emergency calls for both in the city of Strongsville and North Royalton. Equipped with the latest technology, this is the regional dispatch center in the western part of Cuyahoga County. It now serves 72,000 residents and businesses in the two cities. “I believe each city’s response team is going to maintain their own identity, but what’s important is the response.  And that’s what we all […]

  • Hundreds mourn murdered teacher, police still searching for killer

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Hundreds come together to mourn the loss of a beloved daughter, friend and teacher as police continue to search for her killer. Friends and family gathered at Cracian Berry Funeral Home Sunday to remember Margaret Daniels, 31. The fun-loving, energetic young woman was affectionately known as “Maggie” to all who knew her. “She was loved by everybody,” said Elly Maranos, a high school classmate. Daniels was originally from Lakewood and was a graduate of Notre Dame College. […]

  • Quick action of neighbors may have saved lives during house fire

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A reckless act may have cost a Cleveland family their home. But, the quick actions of a neighbor may have saved their lives. Roberta Kitchen is left stunned, saddened and in disbelief after fire gutted the place she has called home for 40 years. Kitchen and her son were asleep and had no idea their home on Olympia Road was on fire until neighbors banged on the door just after 8 a.m. Saturday. “Nothing but the grace […]

  • Bishop leads mass to protect religious liberties on Independence Day

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate our freedom. But, as we’ve seen, sometimes a person’s rights are in conflict with one’s freedom of religion. This fight continues to divide a nation in a way that our forefathers could not have foreseen. On this Independence Day, Bishop Richard Lennon led a mass for the protection of religious liberties at St. John Cathedral in Downtown Cleveland. It concludes the Fortnight of Freedom. In the two weeks […]

  • Topping the list: Local city named No. 1 most boring in Ohio

    NEW FRANKLIN, Ohio — A new survey gives one Northeast Ohio city a dubious distinction — and it’s downright dull. New Franklin, with a population of 14,000, is located in the southern part of Summit County. It is known as the home of Portage Lakes. “It’s kind of what I would call a nice little restful, sleepy vacation spot,” said resident Maria Licht. Movoto, a California real estate broker, describes New Franklin as the most boring city in the Buckeye […]