Monthly Archives: September 2015

Maria Stephanos Leaving FOX 25 After 18 Years

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It’s the end of an era in Boston television.

After nearly 18 years with FOX25 News, Maria Stephanos has announced her plans to leave the station to pursue new professional endeavors. Her long career at FOX25 makes her one of Boston’s most experienced and enduring journalists. In her remarkable time at FOX25, Stephanos has provided local viewers thoughtful, incisive coverage of literally dozens of watershed events in local, and national news.

“I have decided it’s time for me to embark on a new adventure,” said Stephanos. “During my time at FOX25, I have covered so many amazing stories and events. Working alongside this talented group of journalists has been a privilege for me, every day. I will miss working with this extraordinary team, but I know FOX25 is in good hands and will continue to grow. I am beyond blessed, to deliver the news in the place where I grew up. New England viewers are savvy and smart and I love them for that. Thank you for making me part of your family.”

Her career started at FOX25 as a reporter in January of 1998. She was later promoted to the anchor desk, where she has been at the helm covering elections, conventions, blizzards, and even the Red Sox first World Series victory in 2004, along with countless other stories that have impacted New England. Stephanos was always there, her passion for bringing the stories that matter most to our viewers was obvious.

Perhaps most significantly, Stephanos’ coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings stood apart from other journalists. She was on the scene with her children, cheering for her husband as he was running the marathon. Within minutes of the explosions, Stephanos switched into reporting mode to provide her first-hand experience via telephone. Within an hour, and with her family safe, she was on the anchor desk, guiding FOX25’s coverage as a journalist, and a witness.

However, if you ask Stephanos, she will tell you her favorite stories were about New England’s most interesting and vivacious characters, whom she showcased in her Real People, Real Stories features. “I have had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing so many people who have had a huge impact on my life and my heart,” said Stephanos. Her unique interviews were a source of inspiration for millions of New Englanders.

“While I only had the pleasure to work with Maria for 11 months, I quickly learned her journalistic skill set, newsroom leadership and contributions to the daily editorial process, were second to none,” said FOX25 Vice President and General Manager Tom Raponi. “Her dedication went beyond journalism, volunteering countless hours of her time to make lasting contributions in her own communities.”

“In just the last year, we’ve had the privilege to work with Maria as she led extended coverage of the death of former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, the verdict and sentencing of the Marathon Bomber, the historic winter that included several blizzards and the Boston Olympics Debate hosted by FOX25,” said News Director Lee Rosenthal.  “Maria is one of the most engaging, passionate and talented journalists you will ever find, and we will miss all that she contributes on a daily basis to our newsroom.”

Stephanos and FOX25 also were great partners in developing the FOX25 Cares community initiative. She is a tireless supporter of The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Action for Boston Community Development, The American Heart Association, Rosie’s Place, Relay for Life and The Make-A-Wish-Foundation.

“We will miss Maria’s infectious laugh and her desire to deliver the best local news coverage to the communities we serve,” added Raponi. “We thank her for her contributions and wish her well in all that she does in the future.”

Stephanos’ last day on FOX25 will be Friday, Sept. 11, anchoring FOX25 News at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m.