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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
  • Fairview Park family credits Guardian Angels for protecting them after SUV barrels into home

    FAIRVIEW PARK – One family says they are thankful everyone is safe after a driver crashed an SUV into their living room. “I was lying down on the couch watching TV and hear a boom and all of a sudden I’m in the middle of the room and debris is falling,” said Nancy Stoessner. Nancy says it took a minute to figure out what was happening. When she got off the couch and turned around an SUV was parked in […]

  • Local Meals on Wheels group reacts to proposed Trump budget cuts

    SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — A local Meals on Wheels group is speaking up following President Trump’s proposed budget that could eliminate federal funding for organization. “If this were to go away there would be quite a few people that would be quite frankly destitute,” said Penny Parker the director of the Beachwood, Shaker and University Heights Meals on Wheels program. “It’s a little disturbing to me personally that funding might be cut because people are hungry, hunger exists.” In the […]

  • Mantua K-9 officer passes away after battle with cancer

    MANTUA, Ohio — A local community is planning a difficult goodbye for a beloved K-9 officer. Mantua Police tell Fox 8 that Diablo died Monday morning. Police say the devoted K-9 was the only one in Ohio working full-time with a school resource officer. Diablo was 8 years old. Diablo was recently diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous tumor near his spine. He will be honored this Sunday in Mantua. Police are inviting the community to Crestwood High School for a 3 p.m. memorial […]

  • Clevelanders, Rock Hall remember the legendary Chuck Berry

    CLEVELAND – Chuck Berry, the first person inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is being remembered around the world for his legendary music as news of his death spurs many to visit the place he helped build in Cleveland. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is standing in part because of Berry and his music, inspiring generations of performers. “He was such a part of the rock and roll hall of fame,” said Jason […]

  • Wellington teen killed in crash honored by community, peers

    LAGRANGE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Students, coaches and parents are remembering the life of a 17-year-old Keystone High School student killed in a crash Friday. Nearly 150 people attended a tribute Saturday morning at the high school to remember the life of Nathanial Barrett, of Wellington. Flowers were also laid at the crash site. “He was the best friend you could ever have, couldn’t ask for anything more,” said friend Matthew Kelling. Kelling describes the tribute as somber and silent. The […]

  • Therapy dog works his way into the hearts of firefighters

    NORTH LAWRENCE, Ohio– Abandoned, emaciated and nearly frozen to death, one lucky dog not only has a new home, he has a career helping local heroes. “He was about 35 to 40 pounds when we got him. He had frostbite on his paws, on his legs , on his belly and undercarriage,” said Heidi Knight, a firefighter and EMT at North Lawrence Fire Department. The sweet nature of the pup named Halligan made the decision to keep him easy. North Lawrence […]

  • Cleveland Hopkins: Even Beyonce’s father gets stuck at the airport during a storm

    CLEVELAND – Just shy of spring, airports across the country are bracing for a major winter storm. Thousands of flight delays and cancellations are leaving fliers in limbo. “We got, what about four, five hours,” said Peter Torneanu to his wife after their flight was cancelled. “I hope they don’t cancel that one. I hope they don’t cancel it but you never know with the bad weather.” Hopkins Airport officials say they’re ready for the storm. They’re pretreating runways and […]

  • Cleveland Police: Shots fired at RTA bus; driver taken to hospital

    CLEVELAND — Cleveland police are investigating an incident involving shots fired at an RTA bus early Sunday morning. According to a spokesperson for RTA, it happened just before 4 a.m. on Lorain Avenue and West 44th Street. Police say the bus was stopped at a light, when someone fired at the bus from a car that was stopped at the same location. People who live nearby say the gunshots woke them up. “A big round about 10 shots,” said Kevin […]

  • Parma: Neighbors thankful that missing teen has been found safe

    PARMA, Ohio — A missing Parma teenager is safe after being found by FBI agents more than 600 miles away. After nearly a week of searching, on Friday, Katarina Bitterman, 17, was located by the FBI in Salem, Massachusetts. A 19-year-old man was arrested in connection to the investigation. Details on the man in police custody and why Bitterman left her Parma home remain unclear. Parma Police say the teen was last seen walking away from her home on Augustine […]

  • Baby boxes hope to curb infant mortality

    CLEVELAND – The safest place for your baby to sleep may be a cardboard box. As odd as it sounds, it could be the key to solving the infant mortality crisis in Cuyahoga County. It’s a problem the Baby Box Company is hoping to solve in Ohio and across the country. Baby Boxes are newborn starter kits that double as a safe sleep space for infants. The boxes come with a custom mattress and fitted sheet.  Friday morning University Hospitals in partnership with […]

  • School prepares to say goodbye to beloved school K-9

    MANTUA, Ohio — One community is getting ready for heartbreaking goodbye. Beloved K-9 Diablo, 8, has made a career of protecting children. Now, he’s in the fight of his life. Diablo was recently diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous tumor near his spine. His handler and school resource officer, Sgt. Joe Urso, says Diablo is the only K-9 in Ohio assigned to a resource officer full-time. “When I come into the building, it’s not, ‘Hi, Officer Urso,’ it’s, ‘Where is Diablo,?'” […]

  • Public Square to reopen to buses Monday

    CLEVELAND – After months of discussion and debate, on Monday a big change is coming to Public Square. Superior Avenue will reopen to bus traffic after being closed since March 2015. “I think public transportation is pretty necessary to get people in and out of downtown Cleveland,” said Will Koontz. “With the growth and development that people want to see down here I think it’s pretty important to make sure everyone has access.” The move to open the road comes […]