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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
  • CSU fraternity, student suspended after reported ‘sexual incident’

    CLEVELAND — A local college fraternity is suspended while a police investigation continues. It appeared all was quiet at the Cleveland State’s Sigma Tau Gamma house on East 22nd Street in Cleveland, Sunday. Cleveland Police are investigating a sexual incident that reportedly took place inside the off-campus fraternity house last Thursday, during finals week. Those we spoke to on their way to Sunday’s Commencement were just learning of the allegation. “It’s surprising because usually if you are in a fraternity, […]

  • Dozens of toy guns collected in effort to reduce gun violence

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Community activists are joining forces to try to reduce gun violence. Their effort begins with getting toy guns out of the hands of young people. Hundreds of parents and their children came to the Boys and Girls Club in Cleveland Saturday with one purpose — to get toy guns out of their homes. Even six-year-old Timothy Gilbert knew why. “Because guns are not appropriate gifts for kids,” he said. The Gloria Pointer Teen Movement and the Rid-All […]

  • Now open: Unique store in business just in time for holiday shopping

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio– A new store, unlike other retail shops, opens just in time for holiday shopping.   It is unique not only because of the people who work there, but because of what one can find there. The grand opening of The Shoppe in the City in Downtown Painesville was held Thursday. The new retail venture is operated through the Lake County Educational Service Center’s vocational solutions for adults.  “The Lake County Educational Service Center is providing services to adults with […]

  • Brady Middle School is a Cool School!

    PEPPER PIKE, Ohio – Brady Middle School in Pepper Pike is this week’s Fox 8 Cool School.  It is the home of the Lions where they are especially proud of their Effective Leadership Academy and the personal approach to learning.  “We are allowed to take our own approach to things, put our own flair on things.  We are given assignments to do. We can do them in a way we want to that expresses our creativity,”  8th grader Jake Marchewitz […]

  • Ceremony held aboard USS Cod to remember Pearl Harbor attack

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Dec. 7, 1941 was a day thousands lost their lives. Their sacrifice was remembered. A solemn ceremony was held aboard the USS Cod Submarine Sunday, on the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. This was the first year a Pearl Harbor survivor was not at the service. Lou Stromsky, a World War II and Korean War Veteran from Eastlake, had honors of casting the memorial wreath in remembrance of those lives lost. It was followed […]

  • Community, police work together for a safer city

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A community is working together to try to make a positive change in one of the Cleveland’s crime-ridden neighborhoods. It started with dialogue, followed by a plan to put those words into action for a safer Cleveland. People of the Cleveland’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood voiced their concerns about safety inside Zion Hill Baptist Hill Baptist Church Saturday. “Put your hands up high, if you have seen a gun in the last week,” Councilman Zach Reed asked a […]

  • Ursuline students make ribbons to send in support of Ferguson. Courtesy Fox 8.

    Ursuline students create ribbons to support Ferguson, Missouri

    PEPPER PIKE, Ohio – Area college students extend a gesture of hope to a community in turmoil hundreds of miles away. Art therapy and other students at Ursuline College have joined in the national “Ribbons of Hope” campaign. Heartfelt messages written on ribbons are being sent to the people of Ferguson, Missouri.  The city has been in a state of unrest since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. The Grand Jury decision not […]

  • James A. Garfield is a Cool School!

    CLEVELAND- James A. Garfield School on Cleveland’s west side is both an elementary and an intermediate school with students in Pre-K to the eighth grade. But, all the students follow three guiding principles: safety, responsibility and respect.  “Our principal Mr. Loretz really enforces safety because it gives a sense of security; it encourages unity among the classmates,” Eighth grader Emmanuel Banks said. Responsibility means doing what one is supposed to do at school.  “Our responsibilities would be like doing our […]

  • Police department helping traffic violators get out of tickets

    CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — One area police department is actually helping traffic violators get out of getting a ticket.  And, as a result, hundreds of children should have a brighter Christmas. Cuyahoga Falls Police are patrolling the streets as they normally do.  And, that means making traffic stops.  But violators might be able to avoid getting a ticket. That’s because the police are enforcing the Toys for Tickets Program. “We can give you a warning.  And, please consider brightening a […]

  • Small Business Saturday becoming a ‘big deal’ for holiday shoppers

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A shopping tradition now exists on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Small Business Saturday is on its way to becoming a big deal. Yellowcake Boutique in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District specializes in finely crafted clothing designed and made here.  It is among an estimated 27 million local businesses participating in Small Business Saturday. “We are here to support the local businesses. We come down here every year at this time of the holidays. And, come and shop […]

  • Tallest, fastest ice chutes in Ohio open for the season

    STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — They are touted as the tallest and the fastest ice chutes in Ohio. The Cleveland MetroParks toboggan chutes in the Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville are now open for the season. “It’s a ton of fun.  It’s really fast.  It’s not icy, the track is icy.  We come here every year instead of Black Friday shopping,” Sophie Sacks, of Cleveland, said. At 700 feet, the refrigerated twin ice chutes offer a wild ride with speeds up […]

  • Local marina hit hard by recent weather

    EASTLAKE, OH — Some people in Lake County are seeing the consequences of the extreme weather we had this past month. It went from heavy snow and freezing cold to a warm up and rain. The ice jams are breaking up and the Chagrin River is once again on the move. That caught the folks at the Eastlake Marina off guard. Docks that were still in the water did battle with blocks of ice, and the ice won. ‘ “Just […]