Emily Valdez


Emily is a curious, creative type. That's probably why she ended up as a reporter. This way she gets to ask those sometimes awkward questions and no one looks at her funny - it's her job.

Her creativity helps her to see a story from many different angles and bring it to life on the small screen.

Her stories have promoted significant changes in the legal system.

California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, took action after Emily revealed the public was never notified when a paroled sex offender went off his or her GPS monitoring device and was on the run in the community.

As a direct result of Emily's story, Schwarzenegger issued an order to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, mandating they create a public alert system with photos of the wanted predators.

Emily is not afraid to rough it either. She covered hurricane Katrina in 2005 and lived out of a car for a week.

She gathered news during the day and reported live via satellite in the evening, as the city of New Orleans lay submerged under the deadly toxic water and crime in the streets ran rampant.

Emily doesn't like to take herself or life too seriously. She finds time to report on really important things, such as the ransom kidnapping of a Bob's Big Boy statue. Luckily, Big Boy was returned with only minor scratches.

Before moving to Cleveland, Emily reported in Bakersfield, California for ten years at both KGET ( NBC) and KERO (ABC).

She has spent most of her life living in Los Angeles and Orange County, except for a few years in Arizona and Washington, DC. Emily started her broadcast reporting career in 1999 at News 21 in Rockville, Maryland.

She has been nominated for two regional news Emmy Awards.

Recent Articles

  • Masked Men Fire Shots, Rob Victims in Home Invasion

    Posted on: 5:23 pm, March 26, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:21pm, March 26, 2014

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Police are investigating after three men wearing masks burst into a home, robbing two people inside at...
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  • ‘It’s Devastating’: Fire Destroys Historic Block in Garrettsville

    Posted on: 2:24 pm, March 22, 2014, by and , updated on: 08:43am, March 23, 2014

    GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio — A massive fire destroyed nearly a third — or one block — of the historic businesses and...
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  • Officer Thrown From Car After Struggle With Suspect

    Posted on: 3:52 pm, March 21, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:51pm, March 21, 2014

    EUCLID, Ohio — A man faces charges after grabbing a police detective and driving off with him partially in his...
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    Scene of Euclid crash (3/21/14)
  • DQ Parking Lot Shooting Suspects Charged

    Posted on: 8:54 am, March 21, 2014, by , , , and , updated on: 09:19am, March 21, 2014

    Two men were charged in connection with a shooting in the parking lot of a Dairy Queen on Medina Road.
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    (Terry Yuschak, 48, of Perrysville and Mason Braun, 18, of Medina)
  • UPS Employee Helps Elderly Man Get Money Back From Scam

    Posted on: 11:29 pm, March 20, 2014, by

    EASTLAKE, Ohio–An 84-year-old Eastlake man got back more than $5,000 he sent to someone who scammed him, thanks to an...
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  • Man Shot in Dairy Queen Parking Lot in Medina Twp.

    Posted on: 9:08 pm, March 20, 2014, by , and , updated on: 09:56pm, March 20, 2014

    MEDINA TWP., Ohio– Authorities tell FOX 8 News that a man was injured after a shooting in the Dairy Queen...
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    Shooting in Dairy Queen parking lot in Medina Twp. on 3/20/14
  • Father Thanks Good Samaritan For Helping Son After Beating

    Posted on: 10:11 pm, March 19, 2014, by

    CLEVELAND–A high school student is in the intensive care unit at a local hospital after he was brutally beaten and...
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  • Police: Woman’s Murder Was ‘Crime of Passion’

    Posted on: 10:02 pm, March 18, 2014, by

    STOW, Ohio–Stow police are trying to figure out the final hours of a woman’s life before they said she was...
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  • All For Z: Former Cavs Player’s #11 Jersey Now Part of History

    Posted on: 10:05 pm, March 8, 2014, by and

    CLEVELAND – It was bittersweet for Cavs fans Saturday night as Zydrunas Ilguaskas’ #11 jersey was retired and raised to...
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    Courtesy: FOX 8 viewer Makayla Sitko
  • Men Arrested for Selling Deadly Mix of Heroin

    Posted on: 9:50 pm, March 6, 2014, by

    CLEVELAND – Two Cleveland men are charged with trafficking a particularly deadly mix of heroin on Cleveland’s west side this...
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  • Hang Up: Government Grant Scam Going Around

    Posted on: 10:46 pm, March 4, 2014, by

    CLEVELAND – If you get a phone call from a person saying you have been awarded a government grant, The...
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  • Officers Asking for Prayers After Crash Injures Patrolman

    Posted on: 10:32 pm, March 1, 2014, by , updated on: 11:01pm, March 1, 2014

    LIVERPOOL TWP., Ohio — Officers from the North Olmsted Police Department are asking for thoughts and prayers for one of...
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