Friday, September 11, 2015

Anchor Maria Stephanos Steps Down from Fox25

Maria Stephanos, who has been an anchor for Fox 25 news for the past 18 years, announced on September 10 that she will be stepping down from her position to “pursue new professional endeavors.”  Ms. Stephanos has led a long and illustrious career with the news station, starting as a general assignment reporter in 1998.  She was later promoted to the position of anchor.  
For the past few years, Stephanos has been a lead anchor on Fox 25’s prime time news, with programs at 5, 6, 10, and 11 pm.  During her tenure at Fox, Stephanos has covered numerous major events.  In 2004, she covered the first Red Sox World Series victory.  In 2013, she provided on-the-scene coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, as she was already present at the scene with her children to cheer on her husband.  Stephanos continued her coverage of the event by covering the trial of the remaining marathon bomber this past spring.  She has also covered such events as the historic Boston winter, numerous elections, and the Boston Olympic Debate.  Perhaps the most memorable feature of Stephanos’ coverage, however, is her recurring Real People, Real Stories feature, in which she interviewed people from across New England and shared their stories.
Though it is uncertain what will be next for Ms. Stephanos, she has not failed to make a mark on the Boston news scene.  In her announcement, she praised the New England community that has supported her career.  In a tweet following the on-air announcement, Stephanos said, “What can I say? Goodbyes are never easy. I'm excited for the future! I love you New England. To my core. And my soul.”