Maria Cade

Maria Cade, a native of New Castle, Pennsylvania, joined WTAJ in February 2022 as a multimedia journalist in the State College bureau. She is excited to be back in her home state sharing the news with Central Pennsylvania. 

Maria is a 2021 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied Media and Journalism as well as vocal performance. At UNC, she worked on the award-winning, student-broadcast show, Carolina Week, covering all things Tar Heels. Additionally, she was a reporter and anchor for Carolina Connection, UNC’s weekly radio show broadcasted in partnership with 97.9 WCHL. She was the Executive Director of UNC Pauper Players, UNC’s premier musical theater company. She also performed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella as a member of the a cappella group, Tar Heel Voices. 

After graduating from UNC, Maria moved to New York City to work with ABC News as an intern for the third hour of Good Morning America. She brought community news to the national level, sharing stories highlighting people making a difference every day. 

In her spare time, Maria enjoys serving her community through the Miss America Organization. She also loves sharing her passion for performing, and has acted in dozens of theatrical productions. If you see Maria out in the community, make sure to stop her and say hi!  

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