Ozarks Today Anchor
Maria is a 4 time Emmy winning anchor and reporter with more than 15 years of experience. She received the Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in journalism for her 2014 "Mission of Hope" news series in the Philippines following Springfield's Convoy of Hope. Maria joined the KY3 news team in March 2005.
Maria grew up in the small town of Healdsburg, CA, just north of San Francisco in Sonoma County wine country. She says working in her family’s vineyard with her two younger brothers taught her good work ethic and the value of a dollar.
Maria earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA where she helped produce and anchor the first college newscast at WSVB-TV. She started her professional TV career behind the scenes in the Engineering Department at WTAE in Pittsburgh, PA, where she ran robotic cameras and audio for the evening newscasts. Eventually, she made a transition to associate producer and realized how much she missed writing and being out in the community.
Her work in front of the camera started at a small cable station in Lawrence, KS. Maria then rejoined her family in Arizona, as a reporter and anchor at KGUN in Tucson. While there, she received the award for Best Live Reporting in a statewide competition sponsored by The Associated Press for her coverage of the Aspen wildfire. She has been nominated for several Midwest Emmy Awards, including Best Anchor, Investigative Reporting and Serious Feature. Awards from the Missouri Broadcasters Association include first place for her story "Kids Court" in Public Affairs, and her investigative work in "Jailhouse Joke" covering escapes from a local jail.
Maria celebrates 10 years of marriage this year with her husband Scott, who also works at KY3. They have two children, Luke and Elliana. In her free time, you'll find Maria emceeing community events and speaking at schools and local organizations. She is also involved in several charity fashion shows.
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