Maria also serves as a reporter Thursday and Friday and fill-in anchor. Maria has been in St. Louis radio since her broadcasting career started in 1989 at KXOK, where she was an anchor, reporter and host of a consumer electronics show.
Her career next took her to the legendary WEW, where she started as a weekend announcer and eventually assumed the position of Program Director. In 1998, Maria became the General Manager of KZJZ 1380 AM, where she won the national Marconi award for Best Jazz Station in the Country.
In 2000, she joined Westwood One’s Metro Networks as a reporter and was assigned to different stations in the market, including KMOX as a traffic reporter. In 2001, Maria became bureau chief and in 2003 was promoted to Director of Operations for St. Louis.
In 2005, Maria made the change from radio to television. For nearly two years she was a writer/field producer for KTVI channel 2.
Maria is also a member of the 18 piece Big Band the Knights of Swing — an organization which is committed to preserving the heritage of jazz music.
Milkweeds for Monarchs, spearheaded by St. Louis City, encourages residents and businesses to plant Milkweeds.
The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests says Archbishop Carlson essentially outed a child sex abuse victim and his family by releasing information about them to their parish.
A petition on change.org calling for Gov. Nixon to pardon Jeff Mizanskey has nearly 367,000.
Timothy Dolan, a St. Louis native and the Archbishop of New York, says Pope Francis is genuine and sincere.
50-year-old Kevin Reid has been sentenced to life in prison and no parole for the 2005 murder of 19-year-old Anquinette Parker and her 4-year-old cousin, Cermen Toney Junior.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says e-cigarette manufacturers are targeting children through advertisements.
St. Louis Police are releasing few details about a bust in North St. Louis late last month that netted several high-powered guns.
In the past two weeks, an 11-year old boy has been shot and killed in South Saint Louis, and an 11-year old girl and 15-year old were shot and wounded in North Saint Louis in separate incidents.
Another hearing will be held in City Hall over the City of St. Louis revoking New Life Evangelistic Center’s license.
Every two years election authorities in Missouri are required to conduct a voter canvass to make sure the data base matches the actual number of voters.