Maria Stephanos Biography
Maria Stephanos is an American journalist. She currently works WCVB Channel 5. She also serves as a co-anchor of NewsCenter 5, Chief Meteorologist Harvey Leonard, and Sports Anchor Mike Lynch. Previously, she was a news anchor and reporter at Boston’s WFXT-TV. She has covered news from every part of the community and all over the world. She was also honored with the Associated Press Award in 2000 for her work in reporting. She has interviewed various celebrities and also a few former presidents of America. She is counted on as one of Boston’s most experienced broadcast journalists.
Stephanos has transformed herself from a public radio washout into Boston’s most glamorous, talked-about—and stunning anchor. Maria says that the most memorable local person she has interviewed was average everyday people who have fought through adversity. “Wow, there are so many. Susan Lane of Natick. She lost both hands and feet after infection but all it did to her was strengthen her spirit. A true inspiration. And Samuel Bernstein, an Iwo Jima survivor who gave me a lesson in history you could never get from any school. I love the people here.”
She has always been able to charm. She inherited that from her father, a beauty salon designer, and salesman who was good at getting people to open up when their impulse was to slam the door in his face. Her grandmother was a “talk radio addict” and among her favorites were Gene Burns and Jerry Williams, but the death of Elvis Presley may have been her first real news awakening. “My parents were transfixed to the television. I’d never seen them so focused on something. It captured my attention.”
At the mere age of three, she had a stroke. Thus, you can conclude that she had a very critical time in her early childhood. Maria’s first job was waitressing at the Village Pancake House in Rowley Ma. She also worked at the Club Casino at Hampton Beach where she saw some of the greatest bands and comedians for free.
A native of Groveland, MA, Maria is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mass communications. Stephanos’s interest in storytelling took her to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and then to Emerson College, where she says she soared. “I never set out to be on TV, I just wanted to be a reporter or even someone behind the scenes handling the equipment.”
Her first real journalism gig was as a reporter covering the State House for oh-so-serious WBUR and other public radio stations. She made $15,600 a year. Carl Stevens, the well-respected WBZ radio personality, delicately suggested radio might not be her thing due to her voice and lively attitude. Perhaps, he said, Maria should try TV. She didn’t have a radio voice, but she sure had a TV face. Plus, she had a reporter’s background. WJAR signed Maria and sent her to cover fires and murders and blizzards. So, she worked at WJAR, and then WFXT for about 18 Years.Maria Stephanos
Maria Stephanos Age
Maria was born in 1964 (age 55 years), in Groveland, Massachusetts, United States. She grew up in Groveland along with her parents.
Maria Stephanos Spouse
Maria is married to Dale Stephanos. Dale Stephanos is a political narrator and writer.
Maria Stephanos Career
Maria began her career as a journalist working in several radio stations. Prior to television, she used to work in a couple of radio stations including WBUR, WCBS Radio, NPR Radio, and WNBC RADIO.
She came into WCVB Channel 5 from Boston’s WFXT-TV where she used to be news anchor and reporter for nearly eighteen years. After that, she started working as a reporter for several NPR radio stations and WCBS Radio and WABC Radio in New York.
She is a famous reporter who currently works WCVB Channel 5. Furthermore, she serves as a co-anchor of NewsCenter 5, Chief Meteorologist Harvey Leonard, and Sports Anchor Mike Lynch. Previously, she was a news anchor and reporter at Boston’s WFXT-TV.
During her long journalism career, she has covered many big stories such as the plane crash of John F. Kennedy Jr., the Worcester Cold Storage fire, the Presidential recount vote live from Florida, the 9/11 attacks and much more.
She has also reported a couple of more big sports news including Red Sox World series to win, Patriots’ Super Bowl wins, the deaths of Senator Edward Kennedy and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and few others. Being a famous news reporter, she pockets a handsome amount of money from her profession. However, her salary and net worth are unknown.
Maria Stephanos Awards
she has been able to receive numerous awards. She is four times Emmy Award winner. She has also received the 2005 Sword of Hope Award for her coverage of Karen Grant. Furthermore, she has Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Clarion Award under her name. And her biggest achievement has been receiving Grand Glacier recognition.