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.
After a day of silence, protestors raised their voices again Tuesday, but not in Ferguson, Mo. Protestors with Hands Up United brought their demands to U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan in the Eagleton Federal Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.
Following yesterday’s fatal police-involved shooting in North St. Louis, Chief Sam Dotson is responding to questions about safety in the city.
Former St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom, now a professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, has some thoughts on restoring order and calm to Ferguson, Mo. One early criticism – the militarization of police.
While Dellwood has not been shielded from looting and vandalism, mayor Reggie Jones tells KMOX’s Hancock and Kelly he feels his city’s proactive move to contract with St. Louis County police months ago was a good one.
There was another night of unrest in Ferguson, but less than two hours earlier, the NAACP talked with community members at the Murchison Tabernacle CME Church in Jennings.
As the weather heats up, the number of those participating in outdoor water activities is increasing, and that has Missouri Department of Conservation officers seeing a jump in incidents.
St. Louis police continue to search for clues in the shooting death of a 28-year-old woman early this morning in South St. Louis. Captain Michael Sack says Jennifer Keefe was shot and killed in her car in the 4400 block of Minnesota.
Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer is encouraging residents to turn on their porch lights and get out to meet their neighbors. It’s all part of National Night Out, a nationwide crime-fighting effort.
Rita Heard Days says people who would not normally vote Republican in North St. Louis County are doing so in this election.
Problems have been few, Republican Director of Elections Gary Stoff tells KMOX.