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Maia Belay is excited to call Cleveland her new home! She joined the Fox 8 News team as a reporter in August 2016.

Maia is an Emmy winner reporter who spent just shy of the past five years investigating stories at WTOL-TV in Toledo, OH. While there she covered the tragic death of two on duty Toledo firefighters killed in an arson, the months long heartbreaking search for a murdered toddler in addition to solving problems and getting answers for frustrated viewers.

Before moving in front of the camera in Toledo Maia did almost every job in the newsroom including running the assignment desk, editing shows, becoming a photographer and even a live truck operator.

Maia graduated cum laude from Bowling Green State University with a BS in Broadcast Journalism. While in school Maia reported for the PBS affiliate WBGU-TV and interned in her hometown of Detroit at WDIV-TV.

Maia is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. In addition to being a “Big Sister,” volunteering her time to make a difference in the lives of children through the organization Big Brothers Big Sisters.

In her spare time Maia enjoys baking, painting, spending time with family and her dog Zoe. Got a good story? Maia wants to hear from you!


Recent Articles
  • Local mom shares story of 4-year-old twins born with different skin tones

    BROOKFIELD, Ohio — Four-year-old twins, Olivia and Riley Torres, look nothing alike. “She has brown eyes and I have blue eyes,” said Riley about her sister. “She has curly hair and I have straight hair.” That’s not the only difference between the two.They were born with different skin tones. Olivia’s mocha skin is a compliment of her Puerto Rican father while Riley is the image of her Caucasian mother. “I wondered if they gave me the wrong babies at first,” […]

  • Thousands gather for March for Science rally downtown

    CLEVELAND — Science not silence: It’s a message nearly 8,000 people gathered in Public Square to rally behind Saturday during the city’s first March for Science. “Science has been under attack for a few years now,” said Dr. Evalyn Gates, the CEO of Cleveland’s Museum of Natural History. “There are proposed funding cuts that we think would do immeasurable harm.” Organizers say the goal of the march is not to be critical of the current administration, but to underscore the […]

  • Man who spent 23 years in prison for murder being freed after advances in DNA testing

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — After 23 years in prison for a crime he says he did not commit, Evin King, 59, has been released. King was convicted in 1995 of killing his girlfriend, Crystal Hudson. Her body was found in her own closet on June 22, 1994. At the time she was found, court documents state, King was found in the apartment, and his jacket was found in the closet with Hudson’s body. Hudson had been strangled and beaten. According to a press […]

  • How a ‘concerned citizen’ tip ended the Facebook murder suspect manhunt

    ERIE, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police thanked the person who tipped them off that Facebook murder suspect Steve Stephens was in Erie on Tuesday. At a press conference, police referred to the person as a “concerned citizen,” and would not confirm if it was a McDonald’s employee. They also could not say if the person would be eligible for the $50,000 reward. ​ According to WICU, an employee at a McDonald’s restaurant believed she recognized Stephens as he came through the drive-thru and alerted the […]

  • Fraternity brothers of murder suspect are shocked by crime

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– The fraternity brothers of murder suspect Steve Stephens spoke out to FOX 8’s Maia Belay Sunday night, saying they are shocked by the crime. Stephens, who is accused of murdering an elderly man in Cleveland on Facebook Live, mentioned Omega Psi Phi in one of his Facebook posts. The fraternity brothers say Stephens has not been an active member for years, and they have not spoken with him in several months. They are saddened by what happened and have extended […]

  • Video: Driver of van seen trying to hit 3 bicyclists in Elyria

    ELYRIA, Ohio — A man is behind bars after a road range incident was caught on camera. The ordeal left Kasin Lane, 18, bloodied and bruised. “We’re all riding bicycles and he came out of the gas station crazy and almost hit us,” said Lane. Home surveillance video shows a driver of a mini-van attempting to run over two young men and a boy riding bicycles on 9th street in Elyria Monday. “My hand collided with the window and it jammed […]

  • Local air traffic controller saves pilot in distress

    OBERLIN – Newly released audio by the Federal Aviation Administration recounts terrifying moments mid-flight between a West Virginia pilot and an air traffic controller at the Cleveland Radar Center. “Help! [Unreadable] [heavy breathing] [screaming],” screamed pilot William Reed Jr. according to FAA transcripts of an open microphone broadcast. “Let go of the yoke. Let go of the yoke. Let go of the yoke.” Air traffic controller David Stempien’s eyes were glued to the radar screen as William Reed’s 1960 Beechcraft […]

  • Akron church donates 60 pairs of shoes to local track team

    AKRON – Running is hard enough, but imagine doing it in another person’s shoes. It’s a problem some students at one Akron high school track team faced until a local church stepped up to help. “These are our infamous community spikes,” said track coach William Graham, showing Fox 8 shoes with holes. “This is what we used to do. Kids would come in and dig through the bag and we would try to find their size. These are some that […]

  • Homemade slime craze oozes into northeast Ohio

    CLEVELAND – Gooey homemade slime is the latest craze sweeping the nation. It’s likely your child’s latest obsession, but the do-it-yourself recipe, often containing Borax and liquid glue, could be dangerous for children. A Massachusetts girl suffered second and third degree burns after making a homemade batch. Fox 8 checked in with University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s to learn if slime is safe to make. “If parents are going to let their kids do this they need to go […]

  • ‘Sign of the times’: Gun store installs concrete barricades to fight smash-and-grab break-ins

    PARMA, Ohio — A gun store owner spent the morning picking up broken glass after a group of men were caught on surveillance video breaking into his Parma store. Police say the men used a stolen SUV from Berea in a smash-and-grab attempt around 4 a.m Tuesday morning, then tied a chain to the barred front door of the store On Target Firearms on State Road to break in. Once inside, the group can be seen busting through doors and smashing […]

  • Preventing drug addiction: Looking at alternative ways to manage pain

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– It’s no secret opioid abuse can lead to heroin addiction. Now a local doctor is speaking up to save lives about the surprising place addiction often starts. “The addiction can clearly start at the doctor’s office; in fact, in my experience it’s been the majority of the time,” said Dr. Christine Alexander-Rager, a family medicine doctor at MetroHealth Medical Center. Last week, Ohio Governor John Kasich announced restrictions on prescribing prescription drugs. They would limit doctors from prescribing […]

  • Neighbor: Cleveland firefighters went above and beyond to save family

    CLEVELAND — Caution tape surrounds a house a Cleveland family can no longer call home. Late Saturday on Park Avenue near East 71st Street a fire destroyed everything inside a two story home and sent one man to the hospital. The injured man, according to his family, got the burns when he went back into the home to rescue some pets. “We’re scared, we’re truly scared but the Cleveland Fire Department was on it, saved my house saved us,” said […]