Patty is excited to be joining Fox8 as the morning traffic reporter.

Patty is a life long Clevelander, having grown up in Lakewood and Avon Lake. She studied Radio and TV at Butler University in Indianapolis.
An internship at WMMS brought her back to Cleveland, and she has never left.

Patty spent over a decade serving area listeners as a radio traffic reporter. She had many aliases, with her favorite being “Holly Copter.”

Patty enjoys being with her 2 kids and 2 cats, hanging out at the beach, exercising, golfing, bowling, and her Cleveland Indians. She also enjoys
volunteering at the Barton Center in Lakewood.


Recent Articles
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    Congestion cleared on I-480 east after crash

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — An accident had the left lane of Interstate 480 east blocked Tuesday morning, causing big delays for drivers. Fox 8’s Patty Harken reports that the accident happened just before Interstate 77 Tuesday morning. At least two cars were involved. Most of the congestion has cleared up. Stick with Fox 8 and Fox8.com for more.

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    Pedestrian dies in Geauga County crash

    PARKMAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A man was killed while crossing the street in Parkman Township Friday morning. James Carter, 76, of Maple Heights, was crossing US 422 shortly before 6 a.m. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said that’s when he was hit by a Ford van. Carter died at the scene. The driver was not injured. The crash closed westbound lanes US 422 near state Route 528. Troopers said the crash remains under investigation.  

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    Several crashes cause big back-ups on Interstate 90

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A number of crashes and fender benders are causing big back-ups this morning. The crashes included were on Interstate 90 East at East 185th Street and on Interstate 90 West past East 152nd Street. There was also an accident on Interstate 90 West near East 152nd Street. Lastly, there was a crash on Interstate 90 East before Interstate 271 in Willoughby Hills. Most of the accidents have been cleared, but traffic is backed up for miles. Click here […]

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    Car hung up on I-90W median slows morning traffic

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A car that is hung up on a median caused big traffic back-ups on Interstate 90 westbound at the Ontario entrance ramp Wednesday morning. Fox 8’s Patty Harken reports that the accident happened before 7 a.m. As of 9 a.m., the accident was cleared, but traffic was still slow from Eddy Road. Stick with Fox 8 and Fox8.com for more.

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    I-90 east cleared after big back-ups from morning crash

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — All lanes of Interstate 90 East have reopened after a serious crash. The right lane of I-90E between West 98th Street and West 44th Street had been closed. The crash appears to have involved just one car, which was in the grass to the right of the interstate. Stick with Fox 8 and Fox8.com for more.

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    Truck carrying tomatoes overturns, closes ramp

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Interstate 90 eastbound ramp to Interstate 71/State Route 176 southbound has reopened after a Wednesday morning accident. A semi overturned on the ramp early Wednesday morning. The ramp was closed into the morning rush hour. Drivers were being urged to use I-490 eastbound as an alternate route. The truck was carrying tomatoes and other vegetables, which spilled onto the ramp. Tomato soup anyone? 90E ramp to 71S CLOSED. Overturned semi carrying tomatoes. — Patty Harken (@HarkenPatty) June 8, […]

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    Fallen tree causes traffic mess on MLK Jr. Drive

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Martin Luther King Jr. Drive was closed both ways due to a fallen tree Wednesday morning. Fox 8’s Patty Harken reported that MLK Jr. Drive was shut down at Superior Avenue. Traffic exited at East Boulevard, and there were big back-ups on Interstate 90.

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    Highway reopens after truck hits median, leaks fuel

    AKRON, Ohio — An accident involving a semi caused State Route 8 in Akron to be closed for several hours. The accident happened just before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. *Click here for information on a ramp closure in Cleveland due to overturned semi A semi hit the median wall and the debris from the accident caused flat tires for several other vehicles. State Route 8 was closed at Perkins Street but was reopened to traffic in both directions just before 6 a.m. […]

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    Police investigate fatal motorcycle crash

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle. It happened around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday on the ramp from I-71 north to I-90 west. The ramp was closed for several hours while police investigated. It reopened just after 4 a.m. Wednesday. The identity of the motorcyclist killed in the crash was not immediately available. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. Stay with Fox 8 and Fox8.com for updates on this developing story.

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    Crews fight brush fire near Interstate 480

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A brush fire broke out near a set of railroad tracks near Interstate 480 Friday morning. It happened at just after 6 a.m. north of I-480 near West 150th Street. The fire did not affect traffic, but crews were still on scene as of 8 a.m. Stick with Fox 8 and Fox8.com for more.

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    Four injured following chase that ended in crash

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Four people were injured following a chase that ended in a crash at East 36th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland. The Ohio State Highway Patrol attempted to stop a white van on I-90 around 3:30 a.m. Thursday for what they called an “equipment violation” since the back window was removed and covered with plastic. The driver of the van, who was reportedly 16 years old, refused to stop and drove away at speeds of up to 100 miles […]

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    Thieves make off with ATM from Cleveland drug store

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Police in Cleveland are investigating yet another ATM smash-and-grab. Early Thursday morning, the suspects crashed into a Rite Aid at Fulton Road and Clark Avenue. They got away with the ATM. Several similar robberies have happened in Cleveland and other east-side cities. Just yesterday, an ATM was stolen from a Parma gas station. More stories on smash-and-grab ATM robberies here