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
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office gets 500th indictment from rape kits

    CLEVELAND– This is a milestone day involving rape cases that have gone unsolved for years. Through the work of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and investigators, the 500th person has been indicted from rape kits, which had remained untested for years. The Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force was formed five years ago when the Ohio Attorney General’s Office starting paying for the testing of 5,000 rape kits, some dating back to 1993. Investigators found that about two-thirds of the cases […]

  • Volunteers study Cleveland attractions and more ahead of RNC

    PARMA, Ohio– It was training day for some of the 8,000 volunteers who will welcome and assist the delegates and visitors for the Republican National Convention. The volunteers learned about their roles as way finders, and airport and hotel greeters on Tuesday. The training includes information about Cleveland’s many attractions so the volunteers can give recommendations for places to go. There is also an overview on safety and security. “We’ll talk about who the guests are that are coming into their hotels. […]

  • Peirogies fit for a King (James, that is) that everyone can enjoy

    PARMA, OH – Sure Cavs fans can show their spirit wearing a t-shirt or a cap, but how about by eating a meal that’s fit for a “King”? The ladies at Rudy’s Strudel in Parma are busy making pierogies . But, these aren’t just ordinary pierogies. These are LeBron James-inspired pierogies. They are being made in time for the all-important Game 7 against Golden State Sunday night. The dumpling is filled with chicken, broccoli and cheese, which is considered some of LeBron’s […]

  • Ready to rock? Huge speakers going up in CLE to pay tribute to Rock Hall inductees

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– A new visual and audio feature highlights Cleveland as the Rock and Roll Capital of the World. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Destination Cleveland, LAND Studio along with local artist Mark Reigelman teamed up for the Rock Box Project. Seven custom speakers are being placed from the Rock Hall to Progressive Field on East 9th Street — which is also known as Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Boulevard. The rock boxes are not only vibrant pieces of public […]

  • Powers Elementary is a cool school!

    AMHERST- Powers Elementary in Amherst is a state recognized “Excellent” school and now it has been named a Fox 8 Cool School. This was the first year for all-day kindergarten and it had great results with students learning how to read and write. The fundamentals of learning here is based on positive behavior in the classroom. “Because if you have positive behavior students are going to be on task, responsible, respectful and that will only make their education grow,” Kindergarten […]

  • Students help celebrate their principal’s retirement with flash mob

    EASTLAKE- The end of the school year can be an emotional time and the emotions were flowing at one Lake County School for a beloved principal. The students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Eastlake first had a special song and dance for their principal, Mr. Tim Hamman. Then, they surrounded him in a flash mob, all because he is retiring. Mr. Hamman has been an educator for 35 years. The last six years were spent as principal at Thomas […]

  • Free concert, Rock Hall admission included in how CLE will say thank you after RNC

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– In 64 days, the Republican National Convention will be over, and The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee is busy planning for that, too. It has some free, community events planned for the last weekend in July. It is Cleveland’s way of thanking the people of Northeast Ohio and the thousands of volunteers for their support of the RNC. It begins with the return of the Cleveland Orchestra Star Spangled Spectacular concert on Friday, July 29. The night will be capped […]

  • Bedford High School is a cool school!

    BEDFORD – School Pride is showing at Bedford High where students are proud to be a Bearcat. Bedford High is also proud of its continuing academic success. Over the past five years, the school’s performance index has increased to 94%. This is one way the state measures a school’s academic improvement. “We offer a variety of classes, but the classes that mostly set you up you know for college level are the Honors and AP classes. And, we offer a variety […]

  • 10-year-old boy gets 3-D printed prosthetic hand

    MAYFIELD VILLAGE– This is a day Manny Kothe of Lyndhurst will not soon forget. He received his first ever, custom fitted prosthetic hand. The hand was made by students in the CADD or Computer Aided Drafting and Design program at the Mayfield Innovation Center. They used a 3-D printer to make and assemble the hand. “It is a 3-D printed prosthetic hand. Just like any prosthetic hand, it is fit for the recipient and designed and modified for them,” CADD […]

  • Wayne Dawson, brother speak to Cleveland youth at Cycle Breakers Conference

    WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS – One can lead a life destined for the despair and destruction, or take the steps towards a positive change. That was the message for hundreds of area young people at the Cycle Breakers Conference held at Tri-C East Friday. It was the second year Fox 8 News in the Morning Anchor Wayne Dawson and his brother, East Cleveland Municipal Judge William Dawson, put on the conference through the Annie L. Dawson Foundation. Their mother believed in the […]

  • Green Middle School is a cool school!

    GREEN, Ohio – The seventh and eighth graders at Green Middle School in Summit County pride themselves on being ‘Bulldog Strong.’ They are strong in academics and strong in character. Green Middle has repeatedly been recognized as an excellent school. “Every student we have here in this building is important and that’s the way our staff looks at it, that’s the way the community looks at it. And, we want to make sure that they are provided with the best education […]

  • Blooming for the RNC: Official florists revealed for the convention

    CLEVELAND– Another item is checked off the RNC do to list. We now know who will be doing all the flowers for the convention. The Committee on Arrangements has selected not one, but six local businesses to be the official florists of Republican National Convention. Dozens of area florists competed for the job by providing two displays to be judged. Floral arrangements will bring vibrant colors and a local flair to convention. Thousands of flower arrangements will be needed for […]

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