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.

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    Cancer survivor marks very special medical milestone

    MENTOR, OH – A Lake County woman marked a medical milestone in a very memorable way Monday. Reta Ritondaro of Willoughby marked her last chemotherapy treatment at the Lake Health / University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center by ringing the survivorship bell. Ritondaro was also part of an experimental drug trial for her re-occurring lung cancer. She was given a very small chance of beating it. About 70 family members and friends gave her a resounding “clap out” for being cancer-free. […]

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    Local teen’s beautiful act of kindness will help children battling cancer

    MENTOR, Ohio– A Lake County teen gave up something precious to her to help someone else. And, this is something she has done before. Emily Russell had an appointment at Jennifer and Company in Mentor Thursday, but not for a typical haircut. The 19-year-old Baldwin Wallace student donated 17 inches of her hair to Wigs for Kids. That’s more than twice the minimum amount needed to donate. This is the third time Russell donated her hair to the organization that makes wigs […]

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    Cleveland Fire Department receives two new fire engines

    CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Fire Department is rolling out a major upgrade. It comes in the form of two new fire engines. They will replace ones at Fire Station 10 at East 101st Street and at Fire Station 39 on Lorain Avenue. It’s part of the Jackson Administration’s 5-year plan to replace and upgrade the city’s safety vehicles. These state of the art fire engines cost $380,000 each. Interim Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo said they will be needed for certain […]

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    Pine Intermediate is a Cool School!

    NORTH OLMSTED – Pine Intermediate School in North Olmsted is known not only as a place to learn, but a place to flourish. It begins with the approach that every child deserves a champion. “Every teacher in this building, we work as a team. We work together fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade – we collaborate. We do lots of things just all for the benefit of the children,” fourth grade teacher Susie Farrenholz said. Students also give their input […]

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    Store owner finds treasure trove of Cavs’ memorabilia after buying abandoned storage locker

    MENTOR, OH –  An area businessman took a chance on a storage locker and ended up with items belonging to a former Cavs player. Jeff Noble regularly goes to auctions to look for inventory for his store, the Second Chance Thrift Shop in Mentor-on-the-Lake.  Last Thursday, he outbid seven other people for a storage locker, thinking he could sell the king size bed and other furniture in it.  He soon found out he bought the abandoned locker of Samardo Samuels, who played […]

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    Edison Middle School is a cool school!

    PERRY TOWNSHIP – Students at one Stark County school excel in academics, the arts and athletics. That describes Edison Middle School, this week’s Fox 8 cool school. *Click here to nominate your school! Edison Middle School in Perry Township is known as the place to be because of the many opportunities for its seventh and eighth graders. For many years, Edison Middle School has been rated excellent in education. The gateway to technology STEM program is among its strengths. Learning […]

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    Woman finds personal belongings at Cuyahoga Falls thrift store, hopes to find owner

    CLEVELAND – Jean Hanchak of Northfield Center was looking for some Christmas lights, but found so much more. She found a box of lights at a Cuyahoga Falls thrift store on Tuesday and found personal belongings instead of lights. Jean went back on Thursday and found another box full of more personal items. “It’s so flukely that I  look at this paper in here.  Her name is Jean, Jeanie and my name is Jean. So, I said I don’t know […]

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    Midview High School is a cool school!

    GRAFTON – “We are the middies and no one could be prouder,” the Midview High cheerleaders cheer after being named this week’s Fox 8 Cool School. They have much of which to be proud. It begins with students following the school motto: Enter to Learn, Leave to serve. “It means that we are not only completely focused on our education, but also to become well rounded students that will be able to give back to the community,” senior Nick Ferritto […]

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    Fairfax Elementary in Mentor is a ‘Cool School’!

    MENTOR, Ohio– Teachers lecturing at the front of the classroom is how most of us remember school.   But, that is not what you’ll find at Fairfax Elementary in Mentor.  This week’s Fox 8 Cool School uses a new approach to learning. Students learn the “traditional” coursework, but just not in a typical setting. They have an open-concept classroom with no standard desks and chairs. “It’s a classroom design that enables students to work in small groups; to work in a […]

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    Geneva Middle School is a cool school!

    GENEVA – Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle: that is the sentiment at Geneva Middle School. Students there continue to soar to new heights. It begins in the classroom. An importance is placed on language arts and math. Those classes are 80 minutes long, which is double the standard class period. Students see the difference. “I guess you can get more lessons done and it helps you get your work done. And, if you have questions, it can help you […]

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    Parma Senior High is a ‘Cool School’

    PARMA-Excitement reigns at Parma High. The home of the Redmen is known for being a spirited school. Students follow the school rule to stay on a positive path: be respectful, responsible and ready to learn. A comprehensive curriculum allows students to take a number of advanced placement classes including Bio Tech Biology. “It makes it more intriguing. It makes you want to learn more about the subject than just a regular placement class.  It goes more in depth,” Senior Erin Perry said. […]

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    Healing touch: Special treatment for children with autism

    WICKLIFFE, Ohio- It’s common for people with autism to have sensory issues. Yet, what they might need is a big hug. Many children with autism can be oversensitive to light touch, but at the same time they crave deep pressure touch. New at the Integrations Treatment Center in Wickliffe is a Squeeze Machine. It allows the person to apply that pressure themselves. They have found it has a calming effect, just like a massage. The Squeeze Machine being used to […]