Kevin serves as a general assignment reporter for Fox 8 News. He has been with the station since October 1997.
“Breaking news” is Kevin’s passion. He strives to present viewers with important information as quickly and accurately as possible.
Kevin Freeman’s assignments have allowed him to cover many major news stories in Northeast Ohio and nationwide. On Sept. 11, 2001, Kevin was sent to Shanksville, Pa., where he spent the week covering the crash of United Flight 93 during the 2001 terrorist attacks. He also covered the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia over Texas in February 2003. In 2005, Kevin went to Houston to cover the influx of Hurricane Katrina evacuees.
Kevin also covered the murders of eleven women, whose bodies were found in and around the home of Anthony Sowell on Imperial Avenue in 2009. He also reported on Sowell’s trial, which lead to a death sentence.
The most memorable story of his career occurred on May 6, 2013. Kevin was one of the first reporters to arrive on Cleveland’s Seymour Avenue to report the rescue of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
He also covered the sentencing hearing for their captor, Ariel Castro, and his suicide in prison.
Kevin won a regional Emmy for his live coverage of a tornado that devastated Stark County in April 2002. He has also been awarded an Associated Press Award, and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Prior to joining Fox 8, Kevin was a news anchor/reporter for WRIC-TV in Richmond, Va., from 1992-97. Before that, he worked as a news reporter for WSJV-TV in South Bend, Ind., from 1990-92.
Kevin, who grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Towson State University in 1989. He enjoys drama and suspense movies, loves to travel, spend time with family and friends and play with his dog, Redd.


Recent Articles
  • 9-year-old Cleveland boy who went missing on way to school found safe

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 9-year-old boy who went missing on the way to school Thursday morning has been located. Javon Baber — aka Due — was found safe at the Dave’s Supermarket on Lakeshore Boulevard near East 156th Street at about 3 p.m. Thursday. The Cleveland Division of Police said it appears the boy rode the bus all day and later returned to the grocery store, where his mother works. He was last seen Thursday morning at the bus stop in the […]

  • Dramatic video shows high speed chase after attempted jewelry store robbery

    STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – Strongsville police have released dramatic dashcam video of a high-speed pursuit that wound through several west side suburbs. They were chasing suspects who they say tried to rob a jewelry store, but took off when the heist did not work out as planned. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Strongsville police began pursuing a white Chevy Impala on Interstate 71 northbound. Video from an officer’s dashcam shows the men inside were trying not to get caught. “Radio, they just crashed […]

  • Lakewood City Council hears compromise positions on pit bull ban

    LAKEWOOD, Ohio – The battle over how to regulate pit bulls in Lakewood brought out a huge crowd Tuesday night, as the city considers overturning a 10 year ban on the breed. The city council still must decide what, if any, regulations should be placed on pit bulls if they are allowed to stay. Tuesday, Lakewood Mayor Mike Summers proposed a new, less restrictive compromise. “If anyone has a stereotype of pits being these huge, muscular beasts or stereotype of their […]

  • Police officers work together to pull 75-year-old man from burning home

    WILLOWICK, Ohio – Police officers from two different departments worked together to rescue and elderly man from a raging fire. He was trapped inside his burning home and the officers were his only way out. Two Willowick police officers rush to a fully engulfed home, at Johnson’s Mobile Home Park at East 305th Street and Euclid Avenue, around 4:30 Friday morning. “When we all got there, the front side of the trailer was completely engulfed in flames, shooting into the […]

  • Vermilion issues warning as river breaches banks

    VERMILION, Ohio– The city of Vermilion is warning residents after the Vermilion River breached its banks Friday afternoon. The breach happened off of Riverside Drive. The city said people should move their cars and be prepared to evacuate. At the mouth of the river, ice is several inches thick. That caused water to back up. Our Kevin Freeman reports that the ice jam has broken up and water is flowing into the lake. Vermilion police are still monitoring the situation […]

  • First community meeting held in Mentor to discuss school changes next year

    ​ MENTOR, Ohio — The first in a series of community meetings was held in Mentor Thursday to discuss school changes which are expected to happen next year. For the 2018-2019 school year, both Garfield and Brentmoor Elementary will close. Ridge Middle School will reopen as an elementary school. All middle school students will attend Shore or Memorial. Additionally, the boundaries of two other elementary schools were changed. At last check, district officials could not say for certain how many […]

  • Flu claims the lives of two Ohio children

    CLEVELAND-The flu season in Ohio has now claimed the lives of two children.  Ohio health officials say a four year old and a one year old have died from flu complications.  Medical experts also fear the season is not even at its peak. Four-year-old Jonah Rieben of Montgomery County, near Dayton, died January 6th, the first Ohio child to die of complications from the flu this season.  Monday, an 18-month-old boy from the Toledo area also died from flu complications. […]

  • Boy, 8, raises money to buy bulletproof vests for K-9 officers

    STRONGSVILLE — Tuesday is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and a local 8-year-old is showing his gratitude by raising money for four-legged officers. He started a campaign to buy bulletproof vests for K-9 officers. “I, like, want to be a police officer when I grow up, and so, I want to be one because I loved police since I was two years old,” said 8-year-old Brady Snakovsky. Brady has a passion for police. “My stepdad, he’s a police officer, and […]

  • Seven Hills residents demand answers after wild Airbnb party

    SEVEN HILLS, Ohio — People in the Cleveland suburb of Seven Hills are demanding answers after a New Year’s Eve party got out of control.  The homeowner and the person who threw the party both face charges, as the city heard from angry residents Monday night. Seven Hills police say they did the best they could, dealing with icy road conditions that night and hundreds of unruly party goers last weekend.  But residents say they need to have a better […]

  • ‘No ice is 100 percent safe’: Safety officials caution people about frozen waterways

    ROCKY RIVER, Ohio — While many people are suffering through the bitterly cold temperatures in Northeast Ohio, the frozen lakes, ponds and rivers are inviting for people who love winter games and sports. But safety officials offer some potentially life-saving advice for people who try to venture onto frozen waterways. FOX 8 found a group of young people playing an impromptu ice hockey tournament on the Rocky River. “The series is tied right now, 2 to 2…best of seven,” explained […]

  • School’s out: bitter cold has many districts canceling for rest of the week

    RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio – The brutal cold is forcing many school districts across Northeast Ohio to cancel classes for the rest of the week. The school buses will remain parked a few more days in the Richmond Heights school district. The first day of school after holiday break has been postponed because of bitter cold weather. **UPDATED LISTED OF SCHOOL CLOSINGS** “Seeing that the high was only going to still be a single digit, we said we had to get […]

  • Coping with the cold: how to keep those water pipes from freezing

    CLEVELAND – Imagine coming home out of the bitter cold and finding out you have no heat. It is a reality for many people during this arctic blast blanketing Northeast Ohio. “Over the last few days, really since the cold weather has come in, we’ve been running around the clock trying to stay on top of it the best we can,” said John Langer, owner of HJACKS Plumbing and Heating. He says his employees have literally been working non-stop, fixing […]