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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
  • ICE raids prompt landscaper to voice concern over trend

      CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO – On the heels of recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids across Northeast Ohio, a Chagrin Fall business owner says the raids are also causing concern for employers. “If companies had to hire these illegals; I’m not standing behind that,” said Joe Drake, owner of J.F.D. Landscapes. “I also can understand if they’re threatened to go out of business because they can’t find a legal workforce what are they supposed to do?” It’s a question Drake, […]

  • Family members mourn after wrong-way driver kills Painesville family in Indiana

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio -A weekend destined to be on the fun highlight reel of life ended in tragedy after a surprise birthday party in Indiana takes a shocking turn on the ride home for a Painesville family. Denita Rice, 42, her 1-year-old son Bryson Rice and cousin Makayla Lanier, 12, were killed Sunday evening. Indiana State Police say a wrong-way driver crashed into their SUV, driven by Rice’s husband, head on. It happened on an Indiana Toll Road near Mishawaka close […]

  • 8-year-old girl severely injured in hit-and-run; Parents plead for justice

    CANTON, Ohio– The Stark County Sheriff is working to find the driver who hit and nearly killed an 8-year-old girl on a neighborhood street Thursday night. “I kept saying, ‘Allie look at me, say something to me’ and I couldn’t get her to respond at all,” said Jeniffer Vance, standing outside the hospital still in disbelief. Vance said she looked away for just a moment when she heard the crash. Her daughter was hit around 6:30 p.m. Thursday on Spangler […]

  • Tuscarawas County school district votes to arm staff

    ZOARVILLE, Ohio – School may be out but a change is on the way for the safety of students after Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools approved a resolution to arm employees with guns. “I believe that nobody cares about the safety of our kids like educators do,” said Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell. The sheriff says it’s a policy he supports given the nearly 600 square miles in his jurisdiction. If tragedy strikes, every second that passes to get a deputy […]

  • Neighbors concerned after crews struggle to fight East Cleveland fires

    EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio– Several neighbors now asking questions about their safety after a massive fire spread to five homes overnight in East Cleveland. “They were looking for water,” said Demetris Mentor, who watched the firefighters from across the street. “The water pressure just wasn’t around, enough for us. They were running from street to street connecting hoses together.” Crews from East Cleveland and Cleveland firefighters were on East 125th Street around 1 a.m. Wednesday working to fight the flames. On […]

  • 7-year-old who lost leg to infection dances again with new prosthetic

    NORTHFIELD, Ohio–A Northfield family is saying thank you to the community who lifted them after their 6-year-old daughter lost her leg after complications from strep throat and the flu. One year later, Tessa Puma has a prosthetic leg that allows her to do what she loves most. “I get to perform my dances,” said Tessa with a smile. “I love dancing so much because we get to wear these really cool costumes.” Friday marked her first big hometown performance. It […]

  • 8-year-old Cavs fan flies in from California thanks to generous support

    CLEVELAND – With their backs against the wall, the Cavs are looking to crawl out of a hole. But in times of trouble, it’s the fans that can give the team a much-needed boost. It’s the reason why 8-year-old Gavin Morales and his mom Ashlee Campbell traveled more than 2,000 miles: to root on the home team. “We’ve traveled across the country and he is just ecstatic, couldn’t sleep last night, couldn’t sleep for the last three days,” said Campbell. […]

  • Ohio lawmaker claims discrimination by statehouse security

    CANTON, OHIO- A State Representative says she and others are the target of racial discrimination and profiling by Ohio statehouse security at the Riffe Center near the statehouse in Columbus. Representative Emilia Sykes of Ohio’s 34 district in Summit County says in one instance, she was followed by statehouse security to an elevator after presenting her security access badge. “He said, ‘Wait a minute, I did not see your badge,'” said Rep. Sykes. “I said, ‘I showed it to you […]

  • Edgewater LIVE, Euclid Beach LIVE summer concerts begin this week

    CLEVELAND – A series of LIVE summer concerts are set to rock the “216” this summer! Music fans only have to wait one more day before Edgewater LIVE kicks off with Euclid Beach following on Friday. Cleveland Metroparks officials say last year brought a huge spike in attendance and they are hoping for a repeat this year. “Last year we had record attendance, over 120,000 folks so we do about 10,000 to 12,000 people every week,” said Kelly Manderfield with […]

  • Stranger returns lost Strongsville class ring more than 30 years later

    STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – One man’s caring heart and admittedly peculiar hobby helped reunite a man with a beloved piece of jewelry lost more than 30 years ago. “Some people think it’s weird that you metal-detect out in these parts,” said metal detectorist Nate Ludwig, standing in the sweltering sun with his detector. “It’s not, it’s a hobby.” Ludwig believes there is always something worth finding. In this case it meant scouring areas of Geauga Lake. “When you pull something out […]

  • Volunteers gather in North Royalton to place flags on graves of veterans

    NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio- Under the scorching sun on Friday, many in North Royalton spent the day hard at work making sure local heroes are remembered. Among the volunteers and city employees at the North Royalton Cemetery was an active duty serviceman walking row by row with a handful of flags. “It feels humbling to hold this in my hand,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Brandon Romano. “It feels remarkable. I feel like I’m in the presence of greatness.” SSgt. […]

  • Cleveland students accused of attacking bus driver, teacher on way back from Cedar Point trip

    CLEVELAND– What should have been a fun day at Cedar Point turned criminal for several Cleveland students after police reports say they threatened to shoot a teacher and bus driver. It’s just the start of a long Cleveland Metropolitan School District Police report. It describes a Tuesday bus ride around 8 p.m. which states several students used racial and homophobic slurs, threw water bottles and Nutri-Grain bars at the heads of adults, in addition to attempting to open the back door […]