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
  • Garbage truck catches fire, closes U.S. 422 east

    SOLON, Ohio — A garbage truck fire closed a portion of U.S. Route 422 Monday morning. The route reopened at just before 8 a.m. It happened on U.S. Route 422 east just past Interstate 271. There were heavy delays on U.S. Route 422 along with on Interstate 480. Stick with Fox 8 and for more.

  • Speeding car crashes on sidewalk in front of police station

    ELYRIA, Ohio — A car traveling at a high rate of speed failed to negotiate a turn and rolled onto the sidewalk in front of the Elyria Police Department, The Ohio State Highway Patrol told Fox 8 News. The crashed happened on West Avenue around 3 a.m. Monday. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said a 15-year-old girl was ejected from the car. She was taken to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. The 18-year-old driver was taken by medical helicopter to […]

  • Police: Alcohol a factor in Guilford Township rollover crash that killed one

    MEDINA COUNTY, Ohio — A Creston man is dead after a rollover crash in Guilford Township. The crash happened at roughly 3:30 a.m. Wednesday on Bell Road. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a 2006 BMW 330i was traveling west on Bell Road when it went left of center near Lee Road, went off the right side of the road and hit an embankment. It then rolled several times. The occupants were identified as Dylon Woody, 20, of Burbank, Ohio, […]

  • 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 for more.

  • 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.  

  • 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 […]

  • 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 for more.

  • 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 for more.

  • 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, […]

  • 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.

  • 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. […]

  • 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 for updates on this developing story.