1. I have a pet bearded dragon named George. He, unlike me, loves to eat kale. See facebook.com/mlisignoli for cute pics.
2. I was born and raised in Chanhassen Minnesota and saw Prince twice in concert and once at the grocery store buying donuts.
3. One time Bill Clinton accidentally hit me in the face and knocked my glasses off. See my twitter @MLisignoliTV for photo evidence.
4. In middle school, I “anchored” the school’s morning announcements.
5. In high school, I placed second in the nation in a National Forensics League speech competition.
6. In college, I was a member of the student run broadcasting club ISUtv. Surprisingly, eight of us now work at WHO.
7. I graduated with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University with a double minor in Psychology and Women’s Studies.
8. I’ve met and interviewed Iowa’s sweetheart Ashton Kutcher.
9. I am not much of an athlete but I have a passion for yoga. Namaste.
10. I have three younger siblings.
11. My go to karaoke song is “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.
12. I took piano lessons for eight years, and you would never know by hearing me play.
13. I could live off pizza and sushi.
Multimedia Journalist, Maria Lisignoli, joined WHO Channel 13 News in January 2018 after graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. In addition to her degree, Maria has a double minor in psychology and women’s studies. During her time at ISU she was a member of the student run broadcasting club ISUtv and worked as Executive Producer, anchor and reporter. Maria worked as a part time weekend reporter at KCCI 8 News in Des Moines for almost a year in 2017, she is happy to still be in the same city with her former co-workers so she can see them in the field and outside of work.
Maria grew up in Chanhassen Minnesota and has really enjoyed living in Iowa for the last six years. She is starting to call Iowa home! Maria covers a variety of stories, if you have a story idea contact her by email or on social media.
ALTOONA, Iowa — Altoona Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly tried to grab a 13-year-old boy on a trail near Village Park in Altoona Thursday night. On their Facebook page, the Altoona Police Department said a group of teenagers were on the trail between 8 and 9 p-m, when an unknown person allegedly grabbed a 13-year-old boy. The boy was not injured and was able to get away and run to a safe place with his friends. A […]
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — A new art installation in West Des Moines is debuting on a very fitting day, Flag Day. Fifteen, 15-foot folded flags will be debuted Friday in West Des Moines along the new Veteran’s Parkway to honor veterans in the area. This is the first phase of 11 miles of roadway receiving public art and enhancements. The city says the flags will give off a soft glow from dusk until dawn. For this piece, the city […]
ANKENY, Iowa — Recovering from a brain injury or neurological disorder can sometimes take years. A facility in Ankeny unveiled its new therapy garden to make rehabilitation feel a little less like therapy and more like real life. On With Life in Ankeny has a 1.5-acre plot with this new therapy garden to help patients with all kinds of brain injuries and neurological disorders. They treat traumatic brain injuries like concussions., non-traumatic brain injury like a stroke, and other neurological […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Animal Rescue League of Iowa continues to find kittens inside the hoarding home in Madrid. So far, they have found 176 living and 194 deceased, but those numbers are expected to increase. The ARL said the kittens from the Madrid home will not be up for adoption or fostering for a while because they are still under medical quarantine. But the ARL has more than 1,100 cats already in their shelter that they need to […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — Even four days after the initial rescue, the Animal Rescue League is still pulling out kittens from 65-year-old Dennis Carlson’s home in Madrid. Now with up to more than 150 cats found, the space inside the shelter is getting tight. “We already had 1,100 cats in our care, which is about 400 more than we typically had this time of year and then we get the call that there were hundreds on a property that needed […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — The LGBTQ community is celebrating some big historical milestones this year: 10 years of marriage equality in Iowa and 50 years since the Stonewall riots that paved the way for pride celebrations. Joining in on the festivities this year are eight presidential candidates: Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, John K Delaney, Kirsten Gillibrand, Marianne Williamson, Andrew Yang, Jay Inslee, and Tim Ryan. Each candidate is participating in the ‘Meet the Candidate’ event at the People’s Plaza near […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — Summer is a time when teenagers generally have a lot of free time and even more energy. A fitness club in the metro is hoping to harness the combination by offering free memberships to teenagers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said more than half of Iowa’s high school students do not meet the current 60-minute daily activity level recommended. Planet Fitness hopes to offer a free, zero judgment workout zone to help teens […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — June marks Pride Month in the U.S. and this weekend Des Moines is celebrating with different festivities and the Pride Parade. The Polk County Heritage Gallery downtown turns 40-years-old this year, they are also celebrating a milestone in LGBTQ movements on the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Riots with an exhibit called ‘Evolution of the Revolution: 50 Years Since Stonewall.’ “Many people don’t realize that Stonewall was a riot at a gay bar in New […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — If you bought a ticket into the Principal Charity Classic, your money is going to charity. All proceeds from entries into the tournament go to six local children’s charities. One charity is United Way of Central Iowa and their Youth Summer Employment Program. Record-breaking numbers of people came out to the Principal Charity Classic this weekend. There were 27,000 people on Friday and 26,000 on Saturday. CSC security was working hard to keep lines moving and […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police took four juveniles into custody Friday night after a massive fight broke out downtown following an end of the school year celebration. “When you have this type of event, you should know all your trouble makers. Get all your trouble makers and make sure they’re supervised,” Des Moines resident Tony Johnson said. The event was RunDSM’s Summer Fam Jam at the Des Moines Social Club. Phil Roeder, the director of Communications and Public […]
AMES, Iowa — A new radiation therapy center in central Iowa is offering cancer treatment for pets. Before the Iowa State University Small Animal Hospital facility opened in mid-February, the only other facilities for Stereotactic Radiation Therapy were in Colorado or Wisconsin. Dr. Chad Johannes, Veterinarian and Assistant Professor of Oncology, said having a facility so close is beneficial not only for the owners but the pets have a better quality of life because they have the option to go […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Bellhop is a fresh take on a tiki-themed bar, and it’s now open in Des Moines’ East Village. “The Bellhop is the key of first impressions for anybody that’s on vacation. It’s the first person you see when you get to your hotel or your destination, and they can kind of make or break how things start, so we felt like it made sense for what we were doing,” said Bellhop co-owner Nick Tillinghast. Tellinghast […]