Maria Dugandzic-Pasic is vice president of corporate communications for PNC Bank in the Midwest. She was a former producer with CNN and won several awards for her work covering major global news events.

In 2010, she authored “Croatians of Chicagoland,” the first english-language book to document the historic timeline of Croatian immigration and expansion in Chicago:

She is executive producer and director of “They Never Walked Alone, the first documentary to highlight the Croatian community of Chicago and their centennial celebration of Velika Gospa. The film aired on Croatian Television HRT, American public television stations in the Chicagoland area and Wisconsin, and on

Born in Chicago, she has been an active member in the Croatian community and most recently was co-moderator during Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic’s visit to Chicago.


  • Loyola University Chicago (BA, Communications, Music)

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