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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.


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    Two adults, two children killed in Northfield Center house explosion

    NORTHFIELD CENTER, OH – Two adults and two children are confirmed dead  after a house explosion in Northfield Center Monday evening. The deaths were confirmed by Northfield Center Township Fire Chief Frank Risko to Fox 8’s Kevin Freeman. The fire department was called to the scene on Skyhaven Drive at around 8:30 p.m. for reports of a gas explosion. When they arrived, the house  was completely engulfed in flames. They were told that people might still be inside, but the […]

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    Two years later: Family continues to pray for answers in murder of Cleveland Clinic employee

    CLEVELAND – Nearly two years of grieving, nearly two years searching for justice. The family of a man whose life was taken while he was on his way to save another, holds out hope that his murder will be solved. There is a $20,000 reward being offered for information that leads to the arrest in the case of Cleveland Clinic employee Stephen Halton Junior. His family hopes to mark the two year anniversary of his death with a prayer vigil, praying […]

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    Amazing deer rescue in Geauga County caught on video

    CHESTERLAND, Ohio – A deer has some local animal lovers to thank for a dramatic rescue that freed him from a precarious situation. Nancy Horvath grabbed a camera as her husband, Thomas, and Geauga County game warden Scott Denamen tried to help out a trapped deer in the backyard of their home in Chesterland. “I could see this deer with the net around his mouth and in his horns, and he had just wrapped his entire head in this stuff,” […]

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    Police looking for suspects after several cars damaged by rocks on Canton highway

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    More protests over Tamir Rice case held Wednesday

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    Brooklyn High School stadium sustains massive damage in fire

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    Tamir Rice’s family ‘saddened and disappointed’ by grand jury decision

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    Police continue to search for suspect of hit-and-run that killed mother of five

    CLEVELAND – Unimaginable heartbreak as a mother of five is killed, and a man is injured early Christmas morning, in a hit-and-run crash. “You just heard all the impact and it was real loud like, you just heard the impact and you heard the glass shatter,” said Tamaura Fowlkes. Fowlkes says just before 3:00 a.m. Christmas morning, she was driving home from her grandmother’s house when she saw and heard a horrific crash at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. […]

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    Browns tight end Gary Barnidge rents entire theater, joins fans to see ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

    WESTLAKE, Ohio – A Cleveland Browns player dazzled dozens of fans Christmas Eve, not on the turf, but at the movie theater. Gary Barnidge treated dozens of people to a free showing of the latest Star Wars movie. Movie fans nationwide are packing theaters to see the blockbuster movie ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.‘ “Fans, they support us, they do so much for us and I want to do something for them, give back to them and thank them for […]

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    Cleveland police officers complete first aid training, each cruiser now with emergency kit

    CLEVELAND – Police officers take an oath to serve and protect and now all Cleveland officers have new skills and tools to help them save lives. Some officers have already put their first aid training to the test, with life-saving results. This past week, the first aid training of about 1,400 Cleveland police officers was completed. Each cruiser carriers a first aid kit. Three officers spoke to the media about recently saving the life of a young man who had […]

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    Flying to Christmas destination? What you need to know before you head out

    CLEVELAND– The Christmas travel season is in full swing and Wednesday is expected to be the most popular day to travel. AAA estimates that the number of people going more than 50 miles away from home for the holidays will top 100 million for the first time ever. Five-point-eight million people are expected to fly to their destinations. Officials at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport said they are ready to handle the passengers who come through. “We actually came down from […]

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    Lorain babysitter charged following toddler’s death

    LORAIN, Ohio– The Lorain Police Department is investigating the death of an 18-month-old Cleveland girl. Officers were called to a house on Driftwood Drive shortly before 7 a.m. on Dec. 13. They discovered 18-month-old Nadia Gibbons laying motionless on the floor next to the bed, according to the police report. The officers attempted CPR, but the girl didn’t respond and she was cold to the touch. The police report said Nadia had been dead for several hours. The babysitter, 30-year-old Summer Shalodi, […]