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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
  • Lorain residents worry about family in Puerto Rico

    LORAIN, OH – As the strongest storm in a generation hits the island of Puerto Rico family in Lorain continue to worry about the safety of loved ones trapped in Hurricane Maria’s deadly path. “Just praying just hoping that they are safe,” said a tearful Victor Leandry, the executive director of El Centro in Lorain. Leandry, normally used to helping others though social services, is helpless as his mother is caught in the most powerful hurricane to hit the island […]

  • Dad talks about message of strength he received from daughter before she was killed

    STRONGSVILLE, Ohio– Columbus Police are investigating the Sunday shooting death of Strongsville native, Heather Campbell, 22, as a murder-suicide. Her father tells Fox 8 it’s a loss he never imagined he would endure. “I don’t know if you can put it in words,” said her father, Joe Bronczyk. “It’s not what runs through your head; it’s what is ripped out of your heart and soul.” Campbell was found shot to death inside an apartment on Olentangy Road in Columbus. Police […]

  • Good Samaritans help rescue man who fell off cliff while taking jog in Cuyahoga Falls park

    CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio– A Labor Day run quickly spiraled into a nightmare when a man taking a jog fell off a cliff somewhere between 40-100 feet into a rocky ravine at Gorge Metro Park in Cuyahoga Falls. Anthony Hamilton is in the hospital with his arm and leg in a cast, grateful to be alive after his near brush with death. “Truth be told I don’t remember the entire day,” said Hamilton. “I went running mid-afternoon; from what I’ve pieced […]

  • Local clowns worried “IT” remake is bad for business

    EUCLID, Ohio– The buzz surrounding the release of the movie remake “IT” has some working clowns worried the movie could impact their business. “I wish they could use some other character to do a horror movie instead of a clown,” said Diamonds the Magical Clown. “A clown is supposed to be a symbol of happiness.” Diamonds, who asked to be identified by her entertainment persona, told FOX 8 she’s been in business for 20 years. She is fearful the killer […]

  • Lorain residents respond to devastation of Harvey, pack truck with donations

    LORAIN – It’s a race against the clock to collect, sort, pack and load donations for people trying to figure out a new normal in Texas. Although the majority of flood waters have subsided in and around Huston. The devastation of Hurricane Harvey may take years to fully overcome. It’s why Charles Becker, 85, has been working non stop for nearly a week to help people who have lost everything they own. “The need, that need down there is so […]

  • The Cleveland National Air Show: by land or by sea

    CLEVELAND – The Cleveland National Air Show is back on the North Coast just in time to rock Labor Day weekend. The US Airforce Thunderbirds are headlining the show. This year people plan to catch the action from both land and sea on the Goodtime III. “Watching it from the lake gives you really striking views of the city,” said Goodtime III Captain Jordan Kit. “You get to see the Thunderbirds in all their glory and you get a little […]

  • Fisherman holds on to friend for several hours before being forced to let go to survive

    CLEVELAND– One of two fishermen was found alive on Lake Erie more than 16 nautical miles off shore and almost a full day after being reported missing. Lester Hill, 56, an RTA Transit Police Officer since 1998 was found clinging to his boat Tuesday afternoon. According to Hill, friend and fellow fisherman, Larry Love, 56, a RTA station attendant since 2003 did not survive. A Fox 8 camera rolled Tuesday afternoon during the emotional moment Hill’s family learned he was […]

  • Coast Guard: Surviving fisherman tells them his friend died this morning; recovery mission underway

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A man who was found alive in Lake Erie on Tuesday told the Coast Guard that his friend died at around 5 a.m. this morning. He says he held onto his friend for several hours before letting go. The ODNR is now in charge of the recovery mission. One of the men was found alive on top of the missing boat, 16 miles offshore from the marina.  He was lifted from the boat via helicopter. He originally […]

  • Cleveland reaches out to help Hurricane Harvey victims

    PARMA, OH  – As the country watches the historic deadly flooding in Texas, people more than a thousand miles away are already working to aid relief efforts. Starting Tuesday at 8 a.m. Mario’s Barbershop in Parma on Broadview plans to begin filling a semi truck full of donations to drive to Houston when it’s safe to do so. “I’d love to see a line of cars here bringing us water, diapers, non-perishable food, whatever Northeast Ohio can open their hearts […]

  • I-90 sign honoring Trooper Kenny Velez goes missing

    CLEVELAND – A sign honoring fallen hero Ohio State Trooper Kenny Velez is missing from I-90 westbound. Now ODOT is looking into how and why it was taken. “That sign itself is longer than my arm span and probably almost taller than I am so for someone to take it, it takes a lot of effort,” said ODOT spokesperson Amanda McFarland. “It’s not an easy task it’s definitely not worth it and quite frankly it’s against the law.” Velez was […]

  • FBI looking for suspects in Shaker Square bank robbery

    CLEVELAND – The FBI is searching for two men accused of armed robbery at a local bank who threatened to kill tellers who refused to comply with their demands. The incident happened just after 11 a.m. Saturday morning at U.S. Bank in Shaker Square. Authorities tell Fox 8 two men armed with handguns made verbal demands for the money and escaped with an undisclosed amount. Photos of the men were caught on surveillance cameras. Both suspects are considered aggressive, armed […]

  • Local company donates more than 2,000 eclipse glasses to Edgewater party

    CLEVELAND – This Monday afternoon just about everyone across the country will be looking up, trying to catch a rare glimpse of the much-hyped solar eclipse. “It’s science. It makes you think beyond Earth,” said James Fletcher who is planning on viewing the eclipse. “It makes you think about the universe and what goes on.” Click here for the Northeast Ohio Guide to the Great American Eclipse If you are trying to get your hands on certified safe eclipse glasses […]