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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
  • Strongsville girl born with cancer beats the disease twice

    CLEVELAND – Beaming ear to ear, pushing a stroller filled with balloons, Wednesday could not get any sweeter for a Strongsville mother who says she prayed this day would come. For Valerie Revell-Rosian, it’s the last time she will be forced to travel to the hospital to see her baby girl, one-and-a-half year old Grace, and she is making sure her daughter feels every ounce of her joy. “I’m so overwhelmed right now,” said Revell-Rosian letting out an infectious laugh […]

  • New push in Lakewood to help victims of domestic abuse

    LAKEWOOD, Ohio–  Across Ohio, some domestic violence victims are forced to choose between a roof over their head or calling police for help. It’s just one example of what some advocates describe as archaic nuisance laws across the state and the reason why one Lakewood city councilman is working to fix the issue. Under the city’s current law, domestic violence is defined as a nuisance activity. “It is the worst, one of the worst situations you can find yourself in. You […]

  • FOX 8 investigation leads to bill banning pet remains from becoming pet food

    COLUMBUS – Weeks after a FOX 8 investigation alerted consumers about a little-known Ohio law which allows deceased pets to be used in pet food, a state lawmaker introduced House Bill 560, banning remains from any dog or cat from being used in pet food. In addition, the bill prohibits pet food from containing remains from an animal that was euthanized by any drug injected intravenously or through another nonvascular route. “I saw this story on FOX 8 and knew […]

  • Man who witnessed Vermilion ambulance crash describes how he helped rescue victims

    WILLARD, Ohio- One day after a Vermilion patient was killed when the ambulance he was in struck a guardrail and rolled into a deep embankment, a witness is coming forward and talking about how he sprang into action when it mattered most. “I had a little trouble getting the back two doors open, gain access to the back of the ambulance and I see a patient, Katherine, too over in the corner pinned up in the corner, screaming,” said Jason […]

  • Students across Northeast Ohio planning to walk out of school Wednesday

    CLEVELAND – Students silent no more. Wednesday they plan to speak as one voice demanding action at schools across the country including Northeast Ohio. “I want politicians and Congress to realize this has gone on for far too long,” said student Hannah Franczyk. More than 300 students at Villa Angela-St. Joseph (VASJ) say they plan on participating in the National School Walkout. It’s just a fraction of high school students in the area planing to make their voices heard. “I […]

  • Ride Along: Ohio’s first pet triage and transport service

    CLEVELAND – A Cleveland woman’s job layoff, paired with a life-and-death health scare for her lively pup, sparked an idea that spawned into an Ohio first. “We’re the only ones in the state who do any type of medical transport, so we’re sort of like veterinary paramedics,” said Squad FiftyOne owner Yalanda Medina. Medina says Squad FiftyOne staff are required to become certified in Pet CPR, that’s in addition to the team’s veterinary technicians. For varying fees Squad FiftyOne, will […]

  • Proposed Wayne Co. storage pond at center of environmental debate

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP, OHIO – A renewable energy company’s proposed plan for an undeveloped piece of land is the cause of concern for several people living near the site in Wayne County. “If we just sit on our hands hoping it will go away it will never go away,” said resident Ron Uhler who lives nearby. Uhler is one of many community members banding together under the leadership of Mark Cottrell who formed a social media advocacy group about the issue. […]

  • FirstEnergy hopes to have power restored by Sunday

    CLEVELAND — Some people in Northeast Ohio who lost power during Thursday night’s winter storm may be going without power the whole weekend. According to FirstEnergy’s outage information, the estimated time of restoration is now Sunday at 10 p.m. for cities in Cuyahoga County including Cleveland. The same goes for other hard-hit areas in Ashtabula and Lake counties. As of 10:30 p.m. Friday evening, about 23K customers were without power. **Follow FirstEnergy’s outage map for updates** A FirstEnergy spokesperson says […]

  • New approach at Summa Health Breast Cancer Clinic helping patients heal

    ​​AKRON – It’s a new approach to your health that could soon be the future of treating breast cancer. This year in Ohio alone more than an estimated 10,600 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer according to the American Cancer Society, 1,700 patients statewide are estimated to succumb to the disease. It’s why doctors at Summa Health created the Breast Multidisciplinary Clinic. Summa Health doctors say they are the first in the Akron area to offer patients the option […]

  • Barberton woman finds 1930’s medal for fallen NYPD officer in thrift store

    BARBERTON, OH – A Summit County woman’s obsession with the thrift store is now helping the family of a fallen officer from a department on the other side of the country. “Today is 50 cent day, got to eat and run,” said Lori Kline, rushing to eat a snack before dashing off to the store. Speaking of the thrift store, you could say Kline’s home is a bit like one. “Believe it or not this is chaotic organization,” explained Kline […]

  • Suspected police impersonator pulling over drivers

    PERKINS TOWNSHIP, Ohio- A police impersonator targeting women behind the wheel has police in one Erie County community putting drivers on notice. “If this person does make another stop we don’t know how far they will take it,” said Perkins Township Police Chief Robb Parthemore. Police say the man pulled over two women so far, who happen to be related to an officer at a nearby department. However, they say the stops appear to be random. “He noticed there was […]

  • Local parents upset at how long it takes schools to release info on possible threats

    PARMA, Ohio– Across Northeast Ohio, schools are reporting an increase in threats. Although the majority are not credible, two parents at different districts are now calling for change after they say they received delayed notification from school officials. “The worst thing is you’re hearing it from your kids,” said Parma parent Colleen Dudycz. “How do your kids know that this is going on, but school officials don’t feel it’s important for parents to know?” Dudycz said she questions how quickly […]