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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
  • Handbag heist: Midwest crime spree hits Northeast Ohio mall

    BEACHWOOD, Ohio-   A Midwest crime spree appears to have hit Northeast Ohio with thieves targeting high-end handbags. Store cameras captured four males in hooded sweatshirts entering Saks Fifth Avenue at Beachwood Mall around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon. They go directly to the Chanel boutique inside the store and take four handbags right off the shelf.   The handbags reportedly retail for $19,000. Beachwood police said the same suspects were seen attempting to steal Chanel handbags at the Saks store in […]

  • Wadsworth High School is a Cool School!

    WADSWORTH- Wadsworth High School is the home of the grizzlies. Here, students have a fierce attitude towards learning. Teachers and staff are on a mission to provide a quality, well-rounded education that enables all students to reach their highest potential. “They really engage us and they give us one on one time when we need it too and that really just helps us to get good grades and succeed,” 11th grader Zach Porter said. Wadsworth High offers ten advanced placement […]

  • ‘Fortunate to be alive’: 2 women injured in bar crash get help from community

    WESTLAKE, Ohio — Two bartenders are receiving help from the community to recover from the serious injuries they received after a stolen truck crashed into the place where they work. Members of the service industry held a fundraiser for Bethany Capasso and Kelly Deutschendorf at the Ironwood Café in Westlake Saturday. They were the most seriously injured among 12 people hurt in a crash on Oct. 23.   A stolen truck being chased by police slammed into the Dover Gardens […]

  • Former college athlete shares autism experiences to eliminate bullying

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – A former college athlete now has one goal: to eliminate bullying.   He is sharing his very personal story with the hope that it will be a game changer. Anthony Ianni was diagnosed with autism at a very young age, and remembers being bullied many times growing up. “What they tricked me into doing at recess on this day — just cause I have autism –was they tricked me into putting my tongue on a frozen pole at […]

  • Independence Middle is a Cool School!

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio- Attitude + Ambition = Achievement is a simple concept that is the foundation to forming lifelong learners at one Cuyahoga County school. The secret to its success is what helps make Independence Middle deserving to be named a FOX 8 Cool School. It is a small school with big goals for its students in the fifth through eighth grade.   This achieving school has high expectations. “We focus on academic growth, on academic achievement, on academic excellence. We want […]

  • Faith and the fight to save lives: Church addresses heroin epidemic

    LORAIN, OH –  A Lorain County church is mixing faith and fellowship with a fight to save the lives of those battling heroin addictions. Sunday service at the Greater Victory Christian Ministries Church in Lorain was filled with prayer and song.  The message this day was to break the chain of despair that comes with heroin addiction. “This is about saving lives. It is not about judging folks,” Pastor Tim Williams said. Church members listened to the word and to […]

  • Unclaimed winning $500K lottery ticket sold in NE Ohio

    ELYRIA, Ohio — Someone in Northeast Ohio could be more than a half million dollars richer and not realize it. A winning Ohio lottery ticket was bought last week, and no one has come forward yet to claim the big prize. The Ten to Ten Beverage Store in Elyria sold winning Rolling Cash 5 ticket, worth $512,000. “I thought somebody got really, really lucky. Wish it had been me,” lottery player Jeffrey Washington said. Store owner Andrew Bendik said this […]

  • Hopkins Elementary is a Cool School!

    MENTOR- It is a Lake County school known for its high achieving students. Not only do they excel in the classroom, but they promote a positive attitude. Hopkins Elementary, the home of the hornets, is buzzing with excitement after being named a ‘Fox 8 Cool School.’ And, that enthusiasm carries over into the classroom. Hopkins is the largest of nine elementary schools in the Mentor School District. It is consistently rated excellent with distinction. First grader Tristan Ockuly said his […]

  • You Decide 2014

    You Decide 2014: Big issues before NE Ohioans on Nov. 4

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — There are just two days until Tuesday’s general election. More than 272,000 absentee ballots have been cast ahead of the fall election. More than 7.7 million Ohioans were registered to vote as of Oct. 1. Voters will choose the next governor along with several other statewide officeholders and will decide several local issues. Where, when and how to vote Many voters have already cast their ballots by taking advantage of early voting. Ohioans can vote absentee by […]

  • Pack of roaming dogs reportedly targeting cats in Cleveland neighborhoods

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Canine killers are on the roam in a Cleveland neighborhood, and they are targeting cats. Within the past two weeks, 15 cats have been found dead in the Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park and the Waterloo District in Cleveland’s North Collinwood neighborhood. “First there were two, then three, now four free roaming dogs — that are roaming in the Euclid Beach, Waterloo, North Collinwood neighborhoods. And, they are killing cats,” Brian Licht with the Euclid Beach Feral […]

  • Woman wakes up to stabbing victim bleeding, pleading for help

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland taxi cab driver is robbed and attacked on the job. The attacker took his money, his cab and stabbed him, with injuries that left the man fighting for his life. Dewana Jones heard the doorbell ring at her Cleveland Road home around 1 a.m. Sunday and thought something was wrong. “It scared me because 1 o’clock in the morning, you know, you hear the doorbell ring at 1 o’clock in the morning, you now it’s […]

  • Police are prepared: Thousands expected in Kent for annual Halloween tradition

    KENT, Ohio — Police are geared up for a Halloween tradition that’s expected to bring thousands of people to one college town. Thousands of Kent State students and others are expected to pack downtown Kent for the big party that is always held the Saturday before Halloween. “It can be a fun time. It absolutely is a good time downtown as long as nothing gets out of control, which alcohol can induce a little bit of craziness,” Kent State student […]