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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    Parma Heights Papa John’s robbery leads to deadly police-involved shooting on I-480 east

    PARMA HEIGHTS – Papa John’s regional manager said one man came into his Parma Heights store with a gun and demanded money early Thursday afternoon. According to the manager, his employees cooperated with the man and gave him money. Once he left the store, they called police immediately. No one was injured during the robbery. Sources say that once police arrived, a chase began shortly after and went onto I-480 east. The chase ended with a crash near State Road. The […]

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    Special night for 10-year-old Cleveland boy shot in ambush that killed his dad

    CLEVELAND – A ten-year-old boy recovering from a gunshot wound, in an ambush that killed his dad, received a special honor. “I’m getting better every day,” said Donta Padgett, Jr. The 10-year-old  is a determined young man on the mend.  At Monday night’s Cleveland city council meeting, Councilman Zack Reed announced that FirstEnergy and the Cleveland Browns are making it possible for Donta to attend his first Browns game next Sunday. “He’s gonna be on the football field, he’s gonna […]

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    Rescue puppy on the mend after Akron officer finds him abandoned

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    Bed bug problem? The truth about the tiny insects spotted at some local schools

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    Cleveland police investigating after back window of postal truck shatters

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    Local activists step up to help flooding victims in South Carolina: ‘I feel bad for these people’

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    Family of 5-year-old Cleveland boy killed in drive-by thank community for support

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    Prosecutor announces $25,000 reward in murder of 5-month-old girl

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    Chief Williams becomes emotional on shooting death of baby: “Enough is enough”

    CLEVELAND– A six-month-old baby girl has died after being shot in the chest near East 145th Street and Spear Avenue. Police say shots may have come from a nearby apartment building.  SWAT went inside the building in search of a suspect but no one was found inside. According to police, the baby’s mother was driving with the baby and two other people in the car when it happened. The other people in the car were not injured. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams spoke […]

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    Trip to store turns into attempted carjacking for Cleveland fire official

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    Women arrested in major Cleveland heroin bust as authorities try to curb overdoses

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    ‘How many more people have to die?’ CLE city council members demand action to end violence

    CLEVELAND– Cleveland’s deadly gun violence moves from the neighborhoods to a popular downtown entertainment district.  Monday night, city council members demanded action to stop the killing that’s happening across the city. “How many more people have to die for us to figure out there’s a problem in Cleveland? How many more?” asked Ward 10 councilman Jeff Johnson during Monday night’s meeting. “In a few days, September will end and it will end as the deadliest month this year for the […]