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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
  • The scene where a pedestrian was struck in Shaker Heights. Courtesy Fox 8.

    Local teacher killed in hit-and-run accident remembered within community

    SHAKER HEIGHTS – Police in Shaker Heights continue to investigate a fatal hit-and-run accident, as a city mourns the loss of a beloved member of the community. Police said James Caffrey, 51, was jogging on South Park Boulevard in Shaker Heights when he was struck by a car late Saturday afternoon. The driver kept going. University Heights police confirm the driver of that car was initially stopped for a traffic violation in their city, but, left when the officer approached […]

  • Ellis J. Tiller and Dwayne B. Sheron  (Photos courtesy Cleveland police)

    Two suspects arraigned in shooting involving two Cleveland police officers

    CLEVELAND – The two suspects from the Jan. 21 shooting involving two Cleveland police officers were arraigned Saturday morning. Ellis J. Tiller, 37, and Dwayne B. Sheron, 33, were charged with aggravated burglary on Friday. Tiller was also charged with felonious assault on a police officer. Tiller is being held on $1,000,000 bond, while Sheron is being held on $100,000 dollar bond. Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor asked that bond be set at $1,000,000 million dollars for Tiller.  Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Pinkey […]

  • Lorain teen creates video to help himself and others become Eagle Scouts

    GRAFTON, Oh. – A Lorain County teen has created a special video that he hopes will help others and help him receive the highest recognition in the Boy Scouts. Some know Michael Whary of Grafton as a sophomore honor student at Midview High who also plays trumpet in the school band. Others know Michael as the boy with autism. “What do we call it? Differently abled,” Michael’s mom Judy Whary said. For Michael, it’s not about what he can’t do – […]

  • Clearview High School is a Cool School!

    LORAIN, Oh. – Clearview High School in Lorain is the home of the Clippers.  It is a school of excellence and a school of promise.  It has also been name a Fox 8 Cool School. Clearview has been recognized for making substantial progress in the high achievement of its students. It has partnered with Lorain County Community College to allow students to take classes for college credit.  “If you’re a junior and you go to post-secondary classes you can graduate with […]

  • Young adults participate in Homeless Awareness Sleepout to help those in need

    LAKEWOOD – A group of teens leave the comfort of their homes to experience the life of those who have nowhere to go. They do this to raise awareness and much needed funds. A cardboard box and a blanket is all the shelter members of the Youth Fellowship will have when they sleep on the front steps of Lakewood Congregational Church on this cold January night.  This is the 11th year for the Homeless Awareness Sleepout. “We want to try […]

  • NuCLEus Project presented to Cleveland’s Downtown Design Review Committee

    CLEVELAND- Progress is being made towards a major downtown development that would dramatically change the Cleveland skyline. This focused on the design of the building. Stark Enterprises presented the details of the nuCLEus Project before Cleveland’s Downtown Design Review Committee Thursday. The 54-story skyscraper is a mixed use residential, retail and business complex. It is to be built in Cleveland’s Gateway District, at East 4th street between Prospect and Huron.  “This area with the large parking lot expanse has been infamous […]

  • Olmsted Falls Intermediate School is a Cool School!

    OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio- This week’s Fox 8 Cool School has a reputation for achieving academic excellence. The goal at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School is to provide a well-rounded learning experience for its fourth and fifth graders. There is a very active approach to academics at the school. For example, students don’t just learn science; they ‘do’ science. The Science Olympiads find creative ways to solve problems. “There’s a lot of different clubs. There’s catapult; there’s building K’NEX cars; there’s sinking […]

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    Avon Lake, Medina County, Ashtabula County residents asked to conserve water

    Avon Lake – People in parts of Lorain and Medina counties are being asked to conserve their water.  How long that lasts largely depends on what happens with Lake Erie.  The lake has not frozen over yet.  That has created a situation for the Avon Lake Regional Water District. Aqua Ohio Customers in Ashtabula County are also being asked to conserve water. Ice is limiting how much water the company can currently draw from the lake. Residents in Avon Lake […]

  • Repairs to begin for water main break on East 120th in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND – The repair work and the cleaning up continues following a water main break that shut down a residential street in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood. A break of a 24-inch main line flooded East 120th street, between Mayfield and Coltman Road Friday afternoon. On Saturday, Cleveland Water crews were working on repairs to the main.   They found that 15 feet of the pipe will have to be replaced. And while they were working outside, people like Joe Pinzone were […]

  • Take a look at how the nuCLEus project could transform Cleveland’s skyline

    CLEVELAND– The downtown Cleveland skyline as we know it now may be making a dramatic change. Stark Enterprises has submitted its first renderings of the nuCLEus Project to the city. The multi-purpose high-rise is to be the catalyst for development in the heart of Downtown’s Gateway District. “I think the nuCLEus Project is great.  And, the more development we can do downtown — the better.   I think it is going to be great for the economy with all the businesses […]

  • Husky puppy left in Cleveland Metroparks needs surgery

    CLEVELAND – A puppy that was shot and found abandoned in the Cleveland MetroParks has a temporary home for now.  But, what happens next depends on the kindness of others.  The 12-week-old husky has no name but is being called the Abandoned South Quarry MetroParks Puppy since that is where a park visitor found him Monday afternoon. But lucky for the dog, Denise Tharp was the dispatcher at the MetroParks when the call came in about the abandoned puppy. “I […]

  • Samuel Bissell Elementary is a Cool School!

    TWINSBURG, Ohio- Samuel Bissell Elementary is a technology-rich school with a tradition of excellence. The latest recognition is being named a Fox 8 Cool School. Samuel Bissell Elementary is known as a great place to learn for its 600 second and third graders in the Twinsburg school district. It is the home of the tigers and the students roar with their voices and their actions.  R.O.A.R. as in Respect, Organization, Achievement and Responsibility. “Respect:  keeping your hands to yourself. Organization: […]