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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
  • “These are some tough days ahead:” family, friends gather at memorial service for Akron family killed in fire

    AKRON, Ohio – It’s a loss that will linger for a lifetime, an Akron family of seven killed in an arson. Saturday family and friends gathered to remember the Huggins and Boggs family. The memorial comes the same week Akron Police arrested and charged Stanley Ford with aggravated arson and aggravated murder. He is accused of setting the fire, killing Dennis Huggins, 35, along with Angela Boggs, 38 and five of their children, Jered Boggs, 14, Daisia Huggins, 6, Kylle […]

  • Stark County family questions why Amber Alert wasn’t issued for 4-year-old missing girl

    PERRY TOWNSHIP – One day after a child with special needs is snatched from her Stark County home. The child’s family along with police are demanding to know why an Amber Alert was never issued to safely bring her home. 4-year-old Amiri Beasley is blind and has autism.  She was at home Tuesday at 11 a.m. when her mother Brooke Beasley took the child without permission from Amiri’s legal guardians who were in a separate room at the time. “I […]

  • Downward…goat? Goat yoga arrives in Northeast Ohio

    AMHERST, Ohio — It’s the latest way to Namaste! The goat yoga craze is just days away from launching in the Cleveland area. “They were so excited,” said instructor Tanna Torkelson. “‘You’re going to do goat yoga?’ Everyone’s seen it in the internet.” Classes are filling up so fast that additional ones are being planned before the sessions launch Friday. But beware, it’s not for the squeamish. Torkelson advises anyone interested in taking classes should wear clothes you don’t mind […]

  • Alliance teen speaks about crash that changed his life

    AKRON – Three teens are facing a heartbreaking reality after a decision to take an early morning drive almost cost one of their lives. “When I came out the front door I just assumed anyone in it was dead,” said Lisa Reed. “There was a tire up by our bedroom window.” The crash on a Vine and Julie in Lexington Township was so loud Reed and her husband woke up just past midnight Saturday. “They came through my yard hit […]

  • A community mourns: vigil planned for Midview student killed in crash after prom

    EATON TOWNSHIP – Prom is supposed to be one of the highlights of high school but for teens in one community it turned into a tragic night they will never forget. Early Sunday morning Lindsey Rotuno, 17, was killed in a crash. She was riding with driver Chase Johnson, 18, on the way home from an after-prom party. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Johnson crashed into two poles at the intersection of State Routes 82 and 57 around 3 […]

  • Thieves ransack Cleveland church, steal money and food intended for homeless

    CLEVELAND – Instead of preparing for Sunday service, a pair of Cleveland pastors are cleaning up their ransacked church after someone broke in and stole close to $1,000. Way of Escape Ministries was the target of a thief or thieves Friday evening. The suspect escaped with the church safe, financial records, checks and cash meant for children. “We’re not a big church,” Pastor Renae Moore said. “A lot of our families are not well to do. So everything that we do […]

  • 3 children hurt after shots fired into home in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Division of Police is investigating after an 8-year-old boy was shot, and two other children were hurt, after someone shot several rounds into a home Saturday evening. It happened just before 11 p.m. in the 1000 block of East 71st Street. I heard a lot of screaming because it got real quiet,” said the victim’s grandfather who did not want to be identified. “It really got quiet and I hear a lot of screaming. They [people […]

  • ‘Police Week’ begins in Cleveland with grave marker placement

    CLEVELAND – Northeast Ohio’s “Police Week” started with an emotional remembrance of fallen officers. “We’re struggling, but we have each other and we hope eventually we will have peace and we will come to terms with David’s sacrifice,” said Jackie Ketterer, the mother of Cleveland Police Officer David Fahey, who was killed by a hit and run driver in January. Saturday, members of the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society and volunteers placed grave markers and flags on the graves of […]

  • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Flats East Bank looks to open this summer

    CLEVELAND– Get ready to waste away again in Margaritaville. The Jimmy Buffett-themed bar and restaurant is hoping to open on the East Bank of the Flats this summer. A spokesman for IMCMV Holdings, Inc. said while they are working to finalize a date, they anticipate opening in July at the latest. The company also released renderings on Wednesday of Margaritaville. It has the beach vibe you’d expect from Buffett, including parrots and palm trees. “You know every year the Flats […]

  • Thanking heroes: students clean gravesites of local veterans

    MENTOR, Ohio – All Saints School of Saint John Vianney in Wickliffe sent three bus loads of students to scrub and clean the graves of over 600 local heroes Monday. Students spent the morning at Mentor Municipal Cemetary with members of the VFW Post 9295, George E. Hayward learning about sacrifice and service from veterans who served side by side with the fallen heroes. “He graduated with me in 1967 we were in homeroom together,” said Post commander Dave Niepokny […]

  • Family of slain Cleveland college student speaks out

    CLEVELAND – A college student’s killer remains free while his family mourns his death. Jayquon Tillman, 18, just finished his sophomore year at Eastern Michigan University when he was shot and killed at a house party Saturday. His family talked to Fox 8 exclusively about his death. “All I got right now is my faith,” said Jayquon’s mother, LaToya Williams. “I trust God. Again I’ll never understand this. It’s very painful but I loved him [Jayquon] a lot; my family […]

  • Quick-thinking mail carrier saves Eastlake families from gas leak

    EASTLAKE – A local mailman is being praised for saving two Eastlake families from a potential disaster while delivering their mail Friday. “Our mailman was banging on the door,” said Geri Mattingly of Eastlake. “I mean furiously bang, bang, bang.” The startled couple was alerted by a United State Postal Service letter carrier about a possible gas leak. He urged them to get out of the home and call their gas company. “When I walked up I smelled gas – the […]