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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
  • 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 […]

  • Lorain hit-skip victim

    Man turns himself in after hit-and-run accident that injured teen

    LORAIN, Ohio- Police say a man, who identified himself as the person behind the wheel of a Honda Civic during a collision that injured a teen, turned himself in to police just after 8 p.m. Sunday. The man was interviewed and released. Lorain police say he’s cooperating with the investigation. No charges have been filed at this time. The car believed to be involved has been taken as evidence and is being processed. Elianna Rodriguez, 17, told FOX 8 News […]

  • ‘It’s a miracle from God': Lorain teen recovering from unsolved hit-skip

    LORAIN, Ohio — A Lorain teenager says it is nothing short of a miracle that she can talk about what happened to her after being struck by a car. While she recovers from her injuries, police continue to look for the hit and run driver they say is responsible for the accident. Elianna Rodriguez, 17, has some bad scrapes and bruises, but surprisingly no broken bones after being hit by a car. “It’s a miracle from God,” she said. Elianna […]

  • Couple unintentionally grows over 1,000 tomatoes

    VERMILION, Ohio — A Vermilion couple has somehow become master gardeners. Ron and Mandy Mittelstaedt are surprised they are still picking tomatoes this late in October. Ron’s experiment started with planting just eight tomato plants. They thought they’d get a couple hundred tomatoes. Instead, they ended up with a couple thousand. “The experiment has just exploded into results we didn’t expect,” his wife, Mandy, said. While the Big Zack variety did not live up to its name, Ron was totally […]

  • Cool School! Dalton Elementary and Middle School

    DALTON, Ohio- Dalton Elementary and Middle School in rural Wayne County is now in one building for students from pre-K to the eighth grade. Rated excellent by the State of Ohio for the past eleven years, this school puts its students and academic achievements first. “The teachers are good here and they make sure you’re focusing and they’ll make sure you’re on track,”  Fifth grader Caden Granger said. There is a very hands-on approach to learning here.   And, that’s done […]

  • Greenbriar Middle is a Cool School!

    PARMA HEIGHTS- Greenbriar is one of three middle schools in the Parma School District. With more than 900 students, it is a big school that strives to make everyone feel like they belong. “Our school stands out from other schools because everybody fits in here. There are different groups, different clubs. And, our school has a great staff and faculty. They are really nice and I like to learn here,” 6th grader Eric Hoover said. When it comes to academics, […]

  • Photo courtesy: Parma Fire Dept.

    House fire in Parma claims life of man

    PARMA, Ohio — Damage is extensive to the home on Bavaria Avenue in Parma, where investigators say a man died Sunday morning. Firefighters responded to a fire at the home around 4:30 a.m. That’s when neighbor Tracie Jeffery got awoken by police and told to move the vehicles out of her driveway. “I walked outside and seen the upstairs of the house behind me engulfed in flames. It was scary,” she said. Jeffrey shot cell phone video that shows just […]

  • Avon Lake High is a Cool School!

    AVON LAKE, Ohio- From the band room to the classroom, the Shoremen pride is showing. Since 2009, Newsweek Magazine has ranked Avon Lake High School as one of the best high schools in the nation. And, now it can add “FOX 8 Cool School” to its list of accomplishments. The national ranking is based on test scores and academic performance over time. “I just think there is a lot going on in the school, a lot to be involved in, […]

  • St. Rita School finds way to give back in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    A group of students at St. Rita School in Solon take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge despite the mandate by the Diocese of Cleveland that it could go against their religion. FOX 8’s Maria Scali says they found a way to support the cause and stay within their Catholic faith. *WATCH the video above for more.*

  • 93-year-old recovering after stabbing; suspect asked for gasoline before attack

    CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio — It is a crime that has left people along Bates Road in rural Wayne County asking ‘why’? A 93-year-old Chester Township woman was stabbed multiple times after she answered her door to a stranger Saturday afternoon. “Shocking. I mean we’re all shocked in the community. We can’t even figure out why. What’s the reason?” neighbor Bob Wenger said. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said the man asked the woman for gasoline. When she told him she […]

  • Medical first in Ohio: Man can use hand again thanks to ‘electronic fingers’

    WESTLAKE, Ohio — A medical first takes place here in Northeast Ohio. The latest technology restores not only function — but hope — for people who have lost part of their hand or fingers. Blain Gilbert, of Grand Rapids, Mich., has waited a long time to be able to move all of his fingers on his right hand again. The landscaper lost three fingers in a work accident two years ago. On Friday, Gilbert, 28, became the first person in […]