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.
DES MOINES, Iowa — In Iowa, 58,000 children, or 8% of the child population, have or have had a parent in prison. Officials say incarceration of a parent can have as much impact on a child’s well-being as abuse or domestic violence. Government officials are holding a lecture Thursday to teach educators how to help those children cope. “Children experience a variety of emotional problems with a parent in prison, and plus there’s a stigma of having a parent in […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — One local organization is bringing the puppies to the people! Hope Animal Rescue had a mobile pet adoption event in the parking lot of a Des Moines Pet Smart today. “We are 100 percent foster-based, so we don’t have that brick and mortar building to go and view all of our adoptable animals, so it’s events like this that are going to give us the attention that our adoptables deserve,” Hope Animal Rescue of Central Iowa […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — Volunteers at Hope Ministries made sure more than 1,000 people had full stomachs this holiday weekend. “What really surprises us is the need that is out there of people looking for a meal. And the sincere gratitude when you are there and delivering a meal, that is an amazing thing,” Hope Ministries volunteer Paul Nilles said. Volunteers at Hope Ministries packaged more than 1,000 Easter meals Saturday morning to deliver to elderly, homebound and low-income individuals […]
ANKENY, Iowa — The DMACC Fashion Institute is hosting its 5th annual Fashion Gala this weekend and this year’s theme revolves around unconventional materials. Students designed 20 different outfits with the environment and sustainability in mind. “Use different materials and textures, different textures, different colors and manipulate those materials to make something totally unique and different,” DMACC Fashion Design Professor Ann Gadbury said. Electric wires, tin foil, garbage bags, candy, candy wrappers. You can see so many different materials recycled […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — Ballet Des Moines has their final show of the season this Saturday. It’s called The Princess Mermaid Ballet and it is similar to Disney’s The Little Mermaid. “It’s very similar to the little mermaid, the same trajectory, the plot line is very similar but there are some differences, Ursula is not Ursula, she is the sea witch, which comes from the book,” Professional Ballerina Amelia Grubb said. Grubb plays the Princess Mermaid and the Crab, or […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — Thousands of high school students are expected to pack the Varied Industries Building at the state fairgrounds to get hands on experience with different trade working careers at the Build My Future event Wednesday. The Home Builder’s Association said finding employees for construction work is extremely tough right now. That’s why they are reaching out to high school students to teach them something they’ve likely never experienced before. “They’ve pulled the shop classes out of a […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — In March the Des Moines International Airport had the highest number of passengers ever traveling through its terminal. Despite future reconstruction plans to tear down and expand the current terminal, the airport built four new restaurants last year; Arugula and Rye, Mills Supply, Porter Mill and Berk & Chesters. The four new restaurants are a little more than a year old, and in that year a record number 2.77 million passengers came through the airport, setting […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — Students from across Iowa participated in the Youth Voter Engagement Summit at the Iowa State Capitol Saturday. This is the third annual summit and the first to incorporate high school students in the event. “It only makes sense if they’re being able to vote on those primaries if they’re going to be 18 years old voting in those general elections,” University of Iowa Senior Gustav Stewart said. A new law passed earlier this year allows 17-year-olds […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — It’s a fan-powered world tour that puts a spin on the game of basketball. The Harlem Globetrotters are back in Des Moines on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Arena. Tickets are between $18 and $27, click here to buy tickets online. Harlem Globetrotter Jet Rivers challenged Channel 13’s Maria Lisignoli to a game of pig and taught her some cool tricks with the basketball.
GRIMES, Iowa — The Trump Administration’s proposal to eliminate federal funding to the Special Olympics drew outrage from many. However, President Trump withdrew the proposal and said $18 million in federal funding will continue. Even so, local organizations are growing and continue to look for ways to provide their own funding. Special Olympics Iowa has their annual Texas Roadhouse Luncheon at 11 Texas Roadhouse locations across Iowa Thursday: Ames, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Dubuque, Sioux City, […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — Bidwell Riverside Food Pantry on the south side of Des Moines says 99,000 Polk County residents are food insecure. With more than 4,000 individuals using the pantry every month, space was getting a little cramped, so they decided to add a 720 square foot expansion. “With this expansion we now have more room for people to be waiting in, especially when it’s cold we had people that were waiting outside at times,” Bidwell Riverside Food Pantry […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — Local rapper and activist Will Keeps is mourning the death of his friend and mentee, Sakira Kezia Tamara Bonner. Police say the 18-year-old was found in the middle of a West Des Moines road and later died at a hospital. “You know people are going to already assume what happened, black kid gets shot and there’s gang affiliation and all that stuff and I get it, I get it, but she was better than that, I […]