Maria Catanzarite


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Maria Catanzarite joined NewsCenter 16 in August 2014 as a multimedia journalist.

She comes to South Bend after a five-year stay on the East Coast. Maria received a Bachelor’s in Communication from Cornell and earned her master’s degree right up the interstate at Syracuse University.

Maria got her start in radio. At Cornell, she reported on New York State news and weather for WVBR-FM – the Voice of the Big Red. Not long after that, she found herself on the airwaves again at Syracuse, covering public affairs for NPR-affiliate station WAER-FM.

As a graduate student, Maria also had the opportunity to track down newsmakers in the nation’s capital. She filed stories for KARK-TV (Little Rock, Ark.) and KNWA-TV (Fayetteville, Ark.).

Ask Maria about her favorite stories to cover, and you won’t get a straight answer: she enjoys a variety, from personalizing federal tax reform to filming sports features – even learning about weather fronts.

Born and raised in South Bend, Maria is excited to join Michiana’s “homegrown news team.” She likes to learn new words, play trivia, and run around outside with her younger siblings.

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