Maria’s last name is pronounced HETCH-AH-NO-VAH. She joined the 3TV/CBS 5 News team in July 2017, but is no stranger to Arizona. Arizona’s Family is home.
She grew up in the Valley and lived in major cities including Flagstaff for college and Yuma and Tucson for work.
To her, Arizona’s Family means feeling empathy, having the ability to see the best in coworkers and the community and the desire to leave this place better than we found it. Sometimes that calls for uncovering problems and talking about difficult issues. "I admire the people of Arizona. The diversity. The culture. Even though we’re all different, I believe we have more in common than we think."
Her nickname is “Hech” (pronounced Hetch) which is short for her last name Hechanova. You can often hear coworkers say #WhatTheHech! It’s a way to acknowledge and embrace her quirks and encourage you to be yourself too.
Prior to moving to Phoenix, she spent four years in Tucson reporting for KOLD News 13 and KMSB FOX 11 covering wildfires, VA transportation issues, and Southern Arizona's largest school district.
Before that, she worked for WLNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan where she learned a lot about the auto industry and almost never took off her parka.
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Maria also reported in Yuma where she had the incredible opportunity to fly with the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and cover countless military homecomings.
She got her start at KPHO in 2008 as a college intern and is happy to be back and working with professionals who helped shape her career.
Shortly after college, Maria landed an internship with the TODAY Show in New York City thanks to the help of the Asian American Journalists Association. She graduated from Northern Arizona University where she was also a member of the women's swimming and diving team.
Maria grew up in the Valley and went to Ironwood High School in Glendale.
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