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
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    East Cleveland petitions state for bankruptcy protection

    EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio– East Cleveland takes a desperate step towards keeping the city running. Citing decades of economic decline and dramatic decreases in revenue, East Cleveland is petitioning to the state of Ohio for bankruptcy protection. In a letter to the state commissioner, East Cleveland states it does not have the money to provide basic police, fire and EMS protection, and standard city services. Bankruptcy protection is one way to keep from losing taxpayer money. Mayor Gary Norton, Jr. said […]

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    Lorain High School is a cool school!

    LORAIN – These are the last days at Lorain High, as students will go to a brand new building in the fall. It will be a new school with the same mission: to inspire students to prepare for college or a career. Lorain High offers a variety of educational opportunities –like early college and college credit plus classes. Students can also earn an associate’s degree along with a high school diploma — through a program called Titan College. “We have […]

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    Copley Fairlawn Middle School is a Cool School!

    COPLEY, OH- Academics continues to be the number one priority at Copley Fairlawn Middle School.  It has repeatedly been rated “excellent” or “excellent with distinction” from the state. It begins with a challenging curriculum for its fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders. “So, in math we are learning about integers in my class.  That is sort of challenging, but then we have awesome teachers that make it easier to learn.  In literacy we are learning about different words that have […]

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    Cleveland FBI agents pay a special visit to hospitalized children

    CLEVELAND –  Some of the area’s “Top Cops” were on “special assignment” inside a Cleveland hospital Monday. Their mission: to spread some cheer. Special agents with the Cleveland Division of the FBI partnered with A Special Wish Foundation to visit young patients at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. They weren’t looking for any bad guys, just looking to put a smile on a child’s face.  In addition to the bedside conversations, they gave the children a small teddy bear and some […]

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    Craddock Elementary is a Cool School!

    AURORA -Be respectful, be responsible, be a problem solver: those are the three big ideas for positive behavior at Craddock Elementary. It is the school for all first and second graders in the Aurora City School District. The goal is to meet the educational needs of every student. It begins with an integrated learning environment. The core subjects are integrated into the specials, like art, music, and physical education. “Right now, we`re learning about force in P.E. And, at home, […]

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    Wanted: The best faces of Cleveland for an RNC casting call

    CLEVELAND – Are you the ‘face” of Cleveland?   The 2016 Host Committee is holding a casting call this Saturday for Greater Clevelanders interested in appearing on welcome signs for the upcoming Republican National Convention.  It is a way to show off the region’s greatest asset: its people and Cleveland’s diverse community. The headshots of fifty people will be used on street pole banners throughout the area. “We want that first impressions to be the faces on Northeast Ohio residents […]

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    Surprise! From lesson plans to wedding plans, local teachers get engaged

    CLEVELAND – Some junior high students get a “real life” lesson in love and romance – much to everyone’s surprise. Steven Miller, sixth grade social studies teacher at Cleveland’s St. Ignatius Elementary School got the students to help pop the big question. Miller and eighth grade science teacher Allison Schulte have been partner teachers at the school and he was hoping they would be partners for life. Schulte thought she was entering the gym for an assembly. There she saw the […]

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    Autism Awareness: Sweet treat for charity

    CLEVELAND – Cookies can be a sweet treat – and also a piece of hope. Panera Bread is once again partnering with the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism for a very special cookie fundraiser. Children from the center helped kick off the Fifth Annual Pieces of Hope for Autism Campaign with a cookie decorating party Thursday. Starting this Monday and through Sunday April 17, 100% of all proceeds from the puzzle piece shortbread cookies sold at Panera will be […]

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    North Ridgeville High School is a cool school!

    NORTH RIDGEVILLE – With 1200 students, North Ridgeville High is a big school that looks to address the educational needs of all students. From AP psychology to industrial technology, to the arts, the class offerings are as varied as the students’ interests. “There is a wide array of classes you can take in different programs that you can join — even clubs you want to join there are a lot of opportunities,” senior Jack Lesniak added. The integrated curriculum at […]

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    Video: Dad catches sweet encounter with daughter, deer

    GLENMONT, Ohio– A Holmes County girl has a close encounter with a wild animal and it turned out to be so very dear. Audrey Mast was playing in her backyard Tuesday afternoon when a deer just came up to her. The deer was not at all afraid of the 7-year-old and didn’t run away. She started petting it and at one point the deer even licked the girl’s face. Audrey’s dad, Chris Mast, saw what was happening and took this […]

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    Hundreds of veterans recognized for their service in Vietnam at Sandusky ceremony

    SANDUSKY – “Thank you for your service” — that is a sentiment that some have waited decades to hear. That gratitude was shared at a pinning ceremony at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky. This marks the 50th anniversary commemorating the Vietnam War. Over three hundred veterans were recognized for their military service in Vietnam at today’s ceremony. The department of defense pin features an eagle’s head representing courage and dedication to service. The stripes represent our nation’s colors and the six […]

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    Pack your patience: Changes to Cleveland Hopkins ticketing level

    CLEVELAND– Travel advice for anyone flying out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in the next couple of months: pack your patience and plan on getting to the airport sooner. Construction crews have been working on the main terminal since May of last year and are now in the last phase of the project. The plan is to make this high traffic area more spacious and with better lighting. Now major changes are being made to the ticketing level. To complete […]