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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: Stimulating a child’s brain through meaningful interaction

    CLEVELAND– Parents who want the best for their child need only to look to themselves.  Brain development starts on day one with the parent being the child’s first teacher. Brittney Thellmann-Coyne and one-week-old Blake are having more than just a mommy and son moment. “I feel like interacting one on one is more.  They know who you are.  They understand a lot more,” she said. Dr. Erin Frank, pediatrician with Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital agrees. She says constant, meaningful […]

  • Your Child’s Health: Lyme disease

    CLEVELAND– It’s a little bug that can cause big health problems for your child. In recent years, the tick population has dramatically increased in Ohio and so has the spread of Lyme disease. Patti Conte of Valley View had cause for concern when she found a tick on her son.  “I saw a bump on his head and I touched it.  And, it was a tick. And, it was really in his head and we had to pry it out. […]

  • Cleveland to have third-wettest June on record, causing flood damage for many

    BAY VILLAGE – It has been a soggy summer so far. In fact, it’s one for the record books. Although, some people might like to soon forget these days. Our wet weekend has clearly been “No day at the beach.” An angry Lake Erie made it too dangerous to dive in and Huntington Beach in Bay Village was closed Sunday. And, cooler temperatures and high winds kept sunbathers away, too. “I was here three days ago and there was a […]

  • Crews recover body of 16-year-old from Ashland County spillway

    PERRYSVILLE, Ohio- The body of a 16-year-old boy was recovered from a spillway near Pleasant Hill Lake in Perrysville on Sunday. Crews had been searching since Friday evening when one teen was rescued and another drowned in the waters near the dam. Ashland County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Smart said the boy’s remains were found Sunday afternoon. Smart said two teenage girls were swimming in the spillway and the boy jumped in when he saw one struggling in the water. “He […]

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    Deputies use sonar, cadaver dogs to search water for missing Ashland County teen

    PERRYSVILLE, Ohio-  An extensive search continues for a missing Ashland County teenage boy in the same waters where a teenage girl drowned and a 14-year-old girl was rescue. On Saturday, search teams concentrated their efforts at the spillway area of Pleasant Hill Lake in the Ashland County town of Perrysville. Lt. Scott Smart with the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office said the boy and the older girl went in to help a 14-year-old girl who had jumped into the water Friday […]

  • Your child’s health: Swimmer’s ear

    CLEVELAND – On a hot day, a dip in the water can be very inviting. It might also be inviting some excruciating pain in the ear. That is what 10-year-old Kyle Smithburger found out when he got swimmer’s ear. “It felt really painful. It felt almost like something was in there with like a torch. Because it feels like it’s burning and stinging,” Kyle said. If you would like to submit a question or concern to be addressed by Maria […]

  • Hundreds come out for the Cleveland Museum of Art’s ‘Parade the Circle’

    CLEVELAND – Overcast skies could not compete with the bright colors and lively sounds as Parade the Circle made its way around Wade Oval in University Circle Saturday. The annual tradition, presented by The Cleveland Museum of Art, is now in its 26th year. It brings artistry and creativity full circle. “It’s really awesome to see how creative all the floats are –and just the colors and all the awesome people. It’s really great to see Cleveland come together to celebrate […]

  • Your child’s health: Pitch count and arm fatigue

    CLEVELAND – In the game of baseball, Little Leaguers look for a win.  But it should not come at all costs.  Dr. Allison Gilmore, a Pediatric Orthopedist with Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital is seeing an increasing number of overuse injuries of the elbow and shoulder among young pitchers. “Most the time these were younger kids.  And, they were coming in with elbow pain, shoulder pain. The repetitive throwing puts a lot of stress, especially on open growth plates,” Dr. […]

  • Your child’s health: Vision care

    CLEVELAND – Uncorrected vision can create a number of other problems for children, academically and socially. As children develop, they learn to see.  While eye and vision problems in infants are rare, they occasionally happen.  Dr. Faruk Orge, Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital said it is important that early detection starts with the pediatrician.  “We recommend that every pediatrician exam the babies as soon as they are born, then a follow up examination by […]

  • Two killed in early morning Canton crash

    LAKE TOWNSHIP – A Stark County community is grieving after two teenagers are killed in a crash.  A third teen is clinging to life. At this time, it appears speed played a role in this fatal accident. Skid marks leading to damaged trees on State Street in Lake Township are evidence of a deadly accident that took the lives of two teenagers. Investigators with the State Highway Patrol say the car with three people inside went left of center, struck several […]

  • Your child’s health: Dental care

    CLEVELAND – The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry calls it an “epidemic.”  In the U.S. early childhood dental decay is found in 27 percent of all children under the age of six. But, that can be prevented and it starts with taking care of the baby teeth. A pediatric dentist at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital is giving 18-month-old Mayer Berlin his first oral exam.   Mom has found it is never too early to start good dental care. “I know […]

  • Perry Middle School is a Cool School!

    PERRY – Perry Middle School, home of the pirates, is on path to being #1 in learning. It a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and it was recently recognized as an innovative learning network school. “Everyone at this school really works hard to keep it improving, keep it innovative, keep it interesting,” 8th grader Olivia Kline said. The mission at Perry Middle School is to inspire all students to achieve personal excellence and to become self-directed, lifelong learners. “Perry Middle […]