My entire career is based on writing about others. Honestly, I like it that way.
However, I guess if I’m going to start a journal, I should introduce you to the writer.
That’s me, Maria Satira.
I was born and raised in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I’m the oldest of four children. I’m also the only girl. Our mom and dad’s parenting philosophy was centered on family values, work ethic, and a lot of love. I'm sure most other Italian-American families can relate. Honestly, I feel like I had the perfect childhood and I’m so fortunate to have grown up in a home with so much love, support, and really, really, really good food.
I was the first in my immediate family to graduate college when I received a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and Communication from Robert Morris University. Upon graduation, I immediately moved to a tiny town in Virginia to start my first job as a morning reporter.
Shortly after I was offered a promotion as the weekday morning anchor… my little television station shut down and we were all laid off. Plot twist, right? I found a new job within a couple weeks and moved to Greenville, North Carolina to start off 2014.
I worked as the weekend evening anchor and reported three days during the week. Later that year, I was offered the weekday morning anchor position. I really enjoyed my position and my station, but after a couple years I was ready to see what else was out there. So, I started job searching and scoping out my next television market.
Then, I fell in love.
Drew and I met in early 2016 and we started dating that fall. He's originally from Long Island and moved to North Carolina to attend East Carolina University in 2007. He ended up getting a job in Eastern North Carolina and started his own business. Once things got serious, I remember asking him if he would consider moving away from Greenville if I got a job elsewhere. Without hesitation, he said yes. That was enough assurance for me. Knowing he would move for me meant I would stay for him. I put off the job search and decided to continue my journalism career in Eastern North Carolina. Drew proposed last summer and without hesitation, it was my turn to say yes. We're so excited for this journey! We're planning our wedding for this October in Greenville.
When I’m not wedding planning, you might find me with a hammer and tape measure helping Drew with his property management and renovation business.
That said… I am passionate about community involvement. I’m a huge animal lover and serve as a board member for the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina. In 2017, staff members came to my television station for our weekly adoptable pet segment. They brought a malnourished and emaciated puppy named Badger. Despite his sickness, he was so sweet. It was love at first sight and I knew he found his forever home as soon as he walked into our studio and came straight to me. He is now a healthy, 93 pound lovebug who loves long walks, stuffed animals, and couch cuddles. Thanks to a doggie-DNA test, we learned that Badger is a Doberman, Pit Bull, Great Dane mix. He and Drew's 12 pound Yorkie mix, Yogi, are complete opposite but have surprisingly become best friends.
I’m starting this journal to share stories about topics that I feel need more attention, passion, and education. Where my journalistic words end, my personal words begin.
Maria Satira is a full-time communications director, small business owner, blogger, freelance writer, and content creator. She loves sarcasm, rescue dogs, and red wine. She despises bland food, poor grammar, and litterbugs.