After completing 10 weeks of basic training, about 1,300 soldiers have now officially graduated from Fort Jackson. For the first time, graduates heard from recently appointed U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Commander Gen. Paul Funk.
Maria Szatkowski arrived at ABC Columbia in July 2019 as a reporter. She comes to Columbia from WSAW in Wausau, Wisconsin; where she spent several years as the weekend anchor/producer and reporter. Prior to anchoring weekends and reporting, she was the producer for WSAW’s morning show ‘Sunrise 7.’
While in Wisconsin, she was able to cover a range of stories; including the safe return of Jayme Closs in Barron Co., President Trump’s historic stop in north central Wisconsin, the area’s record snowfalls and cold temperatures, and the Never Forgotten Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
She was recognized with a 2018 award for ‘Best Live On-Scene Reporting’ from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA). She also received a 2017 Eric Sevareid Award from the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association for her coverage of the Never Forgotten Honor Flight. As a producer, she was awarded a 2017 first place for ‘Best Morning Newscast’ from the WBA.
An honors graduate from Loyola University Chicago degreed in Broadcast Journalism, Maria also acquired minors in both Italian language and Asian literature. Altogether she has studied five languages, including Arabic and Japanese, she claims greater fluency in Italian.
Maria is a Detroit native and a huge fan of their sports teams, most notably the Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines. Go Blue!
In her spare time, Maria loves to travel (especially to Italy to visit family), as well as eat pizza and watch Star Wars.