About Me:

Writer. Reporter. Photographer. Freelancer. News junkie. Jersey girl. Rutgers graduate. Poet. Crazy cat lady. Adventurer.


Originally from New Jersey, Maria now lives in Palm Springs, California with her cat Cosmo. Maria moved to California to  become the public safety reporter at the Napa Valley  Register covering crime, courts and breaking news. She then received her master's degree from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Maria is now working as  the senior issues reporter for The Desert Sun and is a Report for America corps member.

Her award-winning lifestyle column, Jersey Girl, which ran every other Sunday in the Napa Valley Register for several years will now be published  on this website. Archived posts are still available at napavalleyregister.com.

Maria Sestito