She initially started as an intern while at ISU and then officially joined WMBD 31 in March of 2010 as a general assignment reporter working out of the station's Bloomington/Normal bureau. Soon after, she worked out of the Peoria office where she filled in at the anchor desk regularly. She was promoted to main anchor in April of 2012.
Born and raised in Pana, IL, Maria brings additional hometown and local insight to the WMBD 31 and WYZZ FOX 43 newscasts. Maria is an active member of the community. She’s a “Big Sister” and loves spending time with her “Little”, A’laysia, as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, and is a reading buddy at Peoria’s District 150. Maria enjoys helping with Special Olympics Illinois events and Easter Seals, where she’s an emcee for the annual telethon and serves on the cabinet for Easter Seals Wines and Polo on the Prairie
Maria’s work has been recognized by the Illinois Broadcaster’s Association, winning a Silver Dome Award in 2013 for Best Investigative Reporter. Maria loves meeting and connecting with people, hearing their stories, and taking action for her community. She hopes that resonates with viewers in her weekly segment, “CI Heroes”, on WMBD 31 and WYZZ FOX 43. Maria is honored to bring you the news every day from the anchor desk and in the field with Bob Larson, Marcus Bailey, Kurt Pegler, and the rest of the WMBD 31 News team. She strives to bring you the news that matters to you and your family and looks forward to interacting with viewers each and every day.
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