Maria Hechanova is thrilled to be back in her home state! She drove 2,000 miles from Michigan to join the Tucson News Now team in June 2013.
She comes to Tucson from WLNS in Lansing where she worked as a morning reporter and multimedia journalist. Besides reporting on the cold and snowy weather, some of her most memorable stories include covering the EF-3 tornado that hit near Ann Arbor and the controversial Right to Work law that motivated 12,000 protesters to flood the Capitol.
Before working in the "Mitten State," Maria spent nearly two years at KYMA in Yuma. One of her favorite moments was getting the chance to ride in a fighter jet with the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels. She also enjoyed reporting on heartwarming military homecomings.
While in college, Maria interned with the TODAY show in New York City and KPHO in Phoenix.
Maria grew up in Glendale and then headed up the mountain to graduate from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. She swam all four years on the women's swimming and diving team. Go Lumberjacks! Hope the Wildcats won't judge!
Maria is also an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association.
During her free time, Maria likes to hike, swim, and try local restaurants and food trucks (especially those that serve carne asada).
She believes the best stories come from talking and connecting with people in the community and listening to what affects them. Maria would love to hear if you have a story idea!
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