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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
  • 4-year-old boy left alone on bus for nearly entire school day

    RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio– Parents of a four-year-old student left stranded on a school bus for hours are furious and demanding answers as to why they were never notified their son was missing. The Richmond Heights Local Schools pre-kindergartner, Xavier Smith, boarded the bus around 8 a.m.  His parents say he was not discovered until minutes before 1 p.m. Monday. “He wet himself because he was scared; he didn’t know who he could find to help him get off of that […]

  • Family, friends, firefighters gather to remember two brothers killed in crash

    MENTOR, Ohio – The lives of two young adult brothers killed in a tragic crash were remembered by a standing-room crowd of family, friends and firefighters gathered inside a Mentor church Sunday. “When you have people that are a part of your church and something like this hits, as a pastor it’s very difficult,” said Pastor David Bill fighting through tears inside Victory Lane Assembly of God. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Jonathon Mulhauser, 19, of Rome was […]

  • Northeast Ohio police and USO team up for the troops

    MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio – Police cruisers were overflowing Saturday with care package items stacked to the ceiling as a grateful Northeast Ohio turned out in droves, with the help of six police departments, to donate items to the United Service Organization (more famously known as the USO). “People were going ‘okay where is the dental floss, where is the toothpaste’?” explained Karen Gotwald who donated items for care packages. “Everybody was helping everybody else. I said this is what we […]

  • Increasing number of Hurricane Maria victims now call Lorain home

    LORAIN, Ohio – In the weeks since Hurricane Maria plunged Puerto Rico into disaster, many are seeking refuge in an unexpected place, Lorain County. “Our community is averaging one family per day,” explained city Councilman Angel Arroyo. Puerto Rican-owned businesses in Lorain are banding together to help families looking to make a new home more than one thousand miles away from the island. Jason and Marieliz Crespo moved to Lorain last week and have no intention on returning. “Puerto Rico […]

  • Straight line winds caused damage in Lorain County, exceeded 90 MPH at times

    LAGRANGE, Ohio — The National Weather Service clocked winds upwards of 90mph in Lorain County Sunday. According to the Lorain County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security damage sustained was the result of several downbursts or straight line winds. The intense fast moving storms damaged more than trees and power lines Sunday in LaGrange, it nearly destroyed the livelihood of several business owners. The roofs of all three business were partially destroyed with shingles laying along State Route 303. […]

  • LaGrange businesses sustain major damage in Sunday’s storms

    LAGRANGE – It’s going to be a long night for people in LaGrange, where the storm caused major damage to three separate businesses. It happened along State Route 303 near the town circle. Maia Belay has details in the video box, above.

  • Medina veteran awarded Congressional Gold Medal for service during Korean War

    MEDINA, OH – It’s no small task making American history. However, through service to his country Francisco Colon, 89, originally of Puerto Rico, accomplished that task all while speaking little English. Saturday, the Korean War Veteran was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal – among other awards – at his nursing home, Brookdale Medina South. He served in the famous 65th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed “The Borinqueneers.” According to the U.S. Department of Defense, it was the last desegregated unit of […]

  • That’s a lot of late fees! Overdue library book returned exactly 66 years later

    CLEVELAND – What do you do when a library book is overdue? Librarians are cluing in readers after a book was returned exactly 66 years later. “There’s an urban legend that there are library police that will come and get you if you keep books too long,” said Ron Block, branch manager of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. The tale purely fiction but Block says one very real dilemma is what becomes of the late fee. “We’ve calculated it to […]

  • Tuscarawas County man who was attacked while mowing lawn dies

    GNADENHUTTEN, Ohio – The Tuscarawas County Sheriff is investigating the bizarre homicide of a man attacked by a driver while mowing his lawn. “He was only punched one time, now that punch resulted in some serious damage to the right side of his face,” explained Sheriff Orvis Campbell. David Robinson, 62, of Gnadenhutten, was turning around in the street to continue cutting the grass along Petry Hill Road Southeast when he was nearly struck by a vehicle on October 22nd. […]

  • Carnegie Hall regular: Solon child one of the best pianists in the world

    CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – If music is medicine for the soul, then surely Solon’s Arya Babu can cure any ailment. She is beating international competitors and quickly rising to become one of the best young pianists in the world. “When I play the piano it’s like I’m not scared anymore,” said Arya Babu about her nerves onstage. The ten-year-old Hathaway Brown student will perform at Carnegie Hall for her fifth and sixth times in December. Her first performance at the […]

  • Planting with a Purpose brings thousands of flowering shrubs to city parks

    CLEVELAND — Plant a seed and watch it grow, it’s the message behind a movement in bloom across Cleveland during the first “Planting with a Purpose” event to help beautify the city. Saturday morning dozens of volunteers spread out across six city parks to plant 4,000 flowering shrubs. “We’re all residents of the city so we’re just taking up a shovel and just helping to make it a better place,” said A.J. Petitti, President of Operations for Petitti Garden Centers. […]

  • ‘We woke up a different community:’ Girard mourns the death of Officer Justin Leo

    GIRARD, Ohio – A Trumbull County police department is mourning the loss of one of their own. Officer Justin Leo, 31, was shot and killed late Saturday night. According to Girard’s mayor, this is the first police line-of-duty death in the city’s history. “It’s personally the saddest day of my life,” said Girard Mayor James Melfi. “I’ve known the officer since he was in the first grade.” Officer Leo, a five-year veteran of the department, was killed by a yet-to-be […]