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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
  • New law created to help save student athletes’ lives

    ROCKY RIVER- A new law going in effect next week, aims to protect student athletes across Ohio by alerting them to a leading often undiagnosed deadly heart condition. Lindsay’s Law will mandate students and parents to sign a permission form stating they understand the warning signs of Sudden Cardiac Arrest or SCA before they are allowed to participate in scrimmages, practices or games. The law applies to all public, private and youth sports organizations for athletes 19 years old and […]

  • 9-year-old baseball player gets his ‘training legs’ and takes first steps

    BEREA, OH – Many parents celebrate their child’s first steps as a toddler, but one Berea family had to wait several years to witness their child stand tall and take steps on his own. “Just seeing the strength it’s taken him, the determination, the perseverance and the commitment to want to walk has just been phenomenal,” said Ryan Davis. Fox 8 first introduced you to Gabe Davis, 9, earlier this month. The Berea Tiger baseball player is learning how to […]

  • Body pulled from Lake Erie after hours-long search for missing swimmer

    AVON LAKE, Ohio — A body has been recovered from Lake Erie after multiple crews searched off a private beach in Avon Lake for hours for a missing swimmer, officials have confirmed to Fox 8 News. Avon Lake Fire Chief Chris Huerner said the victim, 21-year-old  Jyventa Harris,  was not wearing a life jacket. “That lake is very dangerous,” said Huerner. “I know it’s fun, you want to go swimming, you want to get in the water but it will […]

  • Neighbors have message for suspect who tried to abduct child in Lorain County

    LAGRANGE, OH – A four-year-old girl is safe after she was grabbed by a stranger while playing in her front yard. The Lorain County Sheriff is searching for the man who attempted to abduct the little girl. “She ran up to me she was crying she was hugging my leg ‘I scared I scared,'” said longtime neighbor Nita Cermak. “…When I lifted the little girl’s shirt she had marks all over her back. You could actually see the hand prints.” […]

  • Local Girl Scout gets national Scouting award for saving her grandmother

    MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OH – Leave it to a fearless girl scout to save the day. Sunday Lila Szojka, 13, received a national Girl Scout Award for her courage under pressure. In March Lila saved her grandmother’s life when she began choking at an Applebee’s restaurant in Middleburg Heights. “I took a bite of my baked potato and it must have got lodged in my throat,” said Lila’s grandmother Laura Noar. “Then I remember I couldn’t breathe a lot of it […]

  • Narcan for K-9s: Local police departments beef up protection for police pups

    MEDINA- It’s no secret drugs like heroin and fentanyl are plaguing many coroners of Northeast Ohio. What you may not realize is the danger it’s posing to police K-9s working to keep us safe. “They [drug users] sometimes spill narcotics or have exposed needles if your dog is going to be around that the potential for danger is really real,” explained Montville Police Officer Ryan Gibbons. FOX 8 was there today as  Medina County Sheriff handlers and area police trained […]

  • Uniontown shows support for officer shot during domestic violence call

    UNIONTOWN, Ohio — As a Stark County officer lays in an Akron hospital bed recovering from several gunshot wounds, the community he serves is letting him know how much they care. “I’m proud to live in this community,” said Kelli Viscounte of River Tree Lake Church in Uniontown. “I’ve lived here a long time and they never cease to amaze me in their ability to respond quickly and with love and grace.” The church, with approval from Uniontown Police, has […]

  • Boy with no legs lives dream of playing baseball

    BEREA, Ohio— Against all odds, Gabe Davis, 8 is thriving after being born with a rare disability that cost him his legs. But the child and his family are not letting others’ opinions influence what Davis can do. So when he asked to play baseball like his older brothers, his family rallied behind him to help Davis achieve his dreams. Davis’ mom says her son’s mere presence is a dream she always wanted to turn into reality. “From the first […]

  • Safety of river water investigated after Painesville plant fire

    PAINESVILLE, OH – One day after a large Lake County manufacturing plant fire officials are voicing new concerns about the safety of a nearby river. The ECKART Effect Pigments, a manufacturing plant in Painesville,  caught fire around 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Employees say the fire stated as an explosion and burned through a warehouse. The sound was so loud they heard it from their station located five minutes away from the East Erie Street plant. On Sunday, ECKART released a statement […]

  • Portion of I-90 to be named in honor of fallen officers

    CLEVELAND – Two men who died keeping our roadways safer will be honored in a special ceremony Monday. A portion of I-90 will be dedicated to fallen Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Kenneth Velez and Cleveland Officer David Fahey Jr. Both men were struck and killed within months of one another along the same stretch of freeway. “We want the family to know that we will never forget and that the public won’t forget the ultimate sacrifice Officer Fahey and […]

  • Witness describes the moment a firework exploded in Lakewood man’s hand

    LAKEWOOD, OH – A 49-year-old man is recovering from serious injuries after witnesses say a firework exploded in his hand. “His hand was completely gone,” describes a witness who does not want to be identified. “He had damage to his torso and his eyes were completely glossed over.” The woman tells Fox 8 it happened in the front yard of a home on Lake near Summit just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night. She describes the firework as sounding like an […]

  • Alert mail carrier credited with saving Barberton man’s life

    BARBERTON, Ohio– An elderly man is alive thanks to the woman who delivers his mail. “Last Tuesday, I noticed he hadn’t gotten his mail in two days, which was really unlike him so I kind of knew something wasn’t right then,” said Heather Rae with the United States Postal Service. “I knocked on his door that day and still no response.” After a few days of pounding on the senior’s door with no response she alerted Barberton police, who along […]