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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
  • Services still held days after fire destroys Lorain church

    LORAIN, Ohio — Sunday services were still held just days after fire destroyed a church in Lorain. An open field on Washington Avenue served as the place of worship for members of the First Lutheran Church. A fire early Thursday morning gutted the church. “The church was here today. The church isn’t over there. That’s strictly our residence. But, the church was here and the church is vital,” church member Brad Hoffman said. More than 400 people gathered to pray, […]

  • Three spectators could face charges in high school football game fight

    GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — It is yet to be determined what disciplinary action will be taken following a huge fight on the football field between two area high school teams. Garfield Heights police had just cleared a disturbance in the stands, when violence erupted on the field in the game between Cleveland’s Collinwood Railroaders and the Garfield Heights Bulldogs just minutes in to the third quarter Friday night. Michael Rojak watched in horror as a Garfield Heights teammate was stomped […]

  • 3 arrested after fight at Garfield Heights vs Collinwood game

    GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Several police departments responded to the Garfield Heights vs Collinwood high school football game in Garfield Heights Friday night when a huge fight broke out. Police say during the 3rd quarter, one of the players took a cheap shot on the field; then, a receiver for Garfield Heights started getting dragged across the field. Police say they had to stop the game when a huge fight broke out. Two people, including a football player, were taken […]

  • ‘Night of fun’ causes heartache, damage in local neighborhood

    TWINSBURG, Ohio– Vandals target the Abrams Farm development in Twinsburg, taking aim at mailboxes over the weekend. Betty-Jo Holmes of Abrams Drive heard a bang around midnight Sunday. Police said her brick mailbox was among 21 mailboxes damaged. “It is completely random, I understand. So, I am trying not to take it personal. But, it’s just disheartening.” Based on the damage, police believe all the mailboxes were smashed with a baseball bat or a sledge hammer. Not all were brick. […]

  • Children get police escort in hunt for back to school goodies

    EASTLAKE, Ohio — A lesson learned outside of the classroom: the police plus a grant equal a back to school experience some area children won’t soon forget. Some young VIPs got a police escort to the Walmart Supercenter in Eastlake Thursday for a Shop with a Cop event. Law enforcement officers from Lake County paired up with area children to do some back to school shopping. “I think it’s pretty interesting. I didn’t know that we’d be shopping with cops […]

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    Sunday marks first day of competition at Gay Games

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Let the games begin. Cleveland and Akron are playing host to the Gay Games. The international sporting and cultural event brings some 9,000 athletes and 20,000 spectators from around the world to the area. It’s like the Summer Olympics with competition in 35 different sports. “I participated in the Olympic distance triathlon. That is a 1,500-meter swim, a 26-mile bike and a 10K run,” said Lesia Wasio, of Lakewood. This is one of the largest rowing events […]

  • Caught on video: Cell phone business robbed of $4k in cell phones

    GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — A Cleveland area business is the target of thieves — not once, but twice in recent weeks. Ron Hanzel, owner of the Cellular Station on Turney Road in Garfield Heights, hopes store surveillance video will help catch the criminals that took thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise. The video shows three men breaking into his store around 1:15 a.m. Monday. “They threw a rock through the front window. The window didn’t break, so they kicked the […]

  • Water warning: Expert explains toxic algae bloom

    CLEVELAND Ohio — Toledo’s water problem is a growing concern as each day passes. The problem centers around an abundant algae bloom in the Lake Erie. Dr. Michael Nichols, associate professor of chemistry at John Carroll University, said sometimes people refer to it as pond scum. “It’s a blue-green, what are called cyanobacteria algae bloom. And, basically it will create a scum on the surface,” he said. The algae produces a toxic chemical that can be harmful to people and […]

  • Akron family gets ‘outside makeover’ thanks to boy’s hard work & LeBron

    AKRON, Ohio — LeBron James keeps a promise to make a lasting change in his hometown, and Akron students keep their promise to do well in school. The Owens family got an outside makeover at their Ira Avenue home in Akron Saturday as part of the LeBron James Family Foundation Promise Project. “They said that they were going to renovate our yard.  I didn’t think it was going to be this much.  It looks really good.  I am really excited,” […]

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    Browns considering change of venue for training camp?

    BEREA, Ohio — Browns fans are learning that one possible play in the team’s playbook calls for moving training camp. That would mean a big loss for Berea and an economic win for another Northeast Ohio community. Berea is home to 19,000 people and the second home of the Cleveland Browns. Sold-out crowds have filled Browns training camp this week to get a look at this year’s team. “My first time to Berea, it was a great turnout this year. […]

  • County fair dress code? Board members mull new policy in Mansfield

    MANSFIELD, Ohio — There might be something new at an upcoming fair that has nothing to do with a new exhibit or the price of admission. It has to do with what you wear and whether you’ll be allowed inside the fair. But, some questions remain on whether the changes can be enforced. For the first time in the 164-year history of the Richland County Fair in Mansfield, the Fair Board wants to have a dress code in place when […]

  • Two people hurt after cable snaps on Skyhawk at Cedar Point

    SANDUSKY — Cedar Point has closed the popular ride the Skyhawk after an incident at the park Saturday night. **At the bottom of this page, view photos of the ride that were taken Sunday morning** It happened around 10 p.m. when a cable on one of the ride’s carriages disconnected. Bryan Edwards, Cedar Point Public Relations Manager, said in a statement that the cable came in contact with two guests. One was treated at the scene and released. As a […]