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Roosevelt is a General Assignment Reporter and Anchor for Fox 8 news and joined the Fox 8 news team in August 2015.
This is a second homecoming for Rosie, (yes you can call him that)
During the 1990’s he was a reporter for another Cleveland station before moving to the Baltimore area.
Proud to call Cleveland his hometown, Rosie grew up on the eastside and is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School and Ohio University’s School of Journalism.
He’s covered news stories in many different places from the Carolinas to Cleveland to Washington D.C. and has reported live for many big stories from the Browns leaving and returning to Cleveland, several hurricanes, the DC Sniper case and the Baltimore riots.
Rosie has been nominated for more than a dozen Regional Emmy Awards, but hasn’t won one, yet!
When he’s not working Rosie is an avid cyclist, an okay runner, and a awful swimmer. He also has a terrible Browns problem that can only be fixed with a trip to the Super Bowl.
You can follow Rosie on Twitter and Facebook.


Recent Articles
  • Studies at Cleveland Clinic will work toward early detection of Alzheimer’s

    CLEVELAND- It started with just a few forgotten things. Retired pharmacist Ron DeChant would forget things people just told him a little while ago. He says his mind felt muddled and he knew that something wasn’t right. “Both my wife and I noticed but she has more perspective and she really knew that something was happening,”  DeChant said. After a battery of tests, the doctors confirmed that it was Alzheimer’s. Ron wasn’t quite 60 years old, but both he and […]

  • Red Cross launching new campaign to encourage people to give blood no matter the type

    It starts at the donation center. Every day, hundreds of people around Northeast Ohio give blood or platelets around. It takes a little bit of time but helps a whole lot of people.   “I think it’s a pay it forward type of deal; when you leave here you know you’ve done a good thing,” said blood donor Dan Hoffman. And, those good things are all around you. When Benjamin Aholt was born, he had a minor surgery that almost […]

  • Local clergy calling for a LeBron statue for Cleveland

    OAKWOOD VILLAGE, Ohio –  LeBron James already has a lot of things to honor him. He has his own commercials. There are LeBron perogies. There is even a LeBron goat, because he’s at the top of the list for the greatest of all time. (GOAT, get it?) So why not a LeBron statue? “We, the clergy of Greater Cleveland, are calling for a life-sized statue of LeBron James to be erected in this city, and a street named in his […]

  • Community members discuss immigration raid that left behind dozens of children

    LORAIN, Ohio–  The fallout continues after two immigration raids netted more than 100 undocumented workers in Northeast Ohio. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the stings at Corso’s Flower and Garden Care in Sandusky and Castalia on Tuesday. The operation, prompted by a woman using stolen identity documents in October, resulted in 114 arrests. Now, the community is trying to care for the dozens of children left behind. Residents donated food and other items to local churches, like St. […]

  • ‘A new downtown for the east side’: More stores opening in Pinecrest development

    ORANGE VILLAGE, Ohio — Over the next few days, the Pinecrest development in Orange Village will add close to a dozen more stores and restaurants to its growing list, with more stores opening all summer long. It’s been two years in the making. Creators say you can’t just call it a shopping center. “We’re trying to create a new downtown for the east side,” said Adam Fishman, Pinecrest co-developer. Featuring a hotel, offices and apartments, Fishman says they are bringing […]

  • At 102 years young, woman continues to volunteer at Akron Children’s Hospital

    AKRON, Ohio — A great-grandmother of 18 is the oldest volunteer at Akron Children’s Hospital. Rose Carlson is 102 years young. She was 95 when she joined her daughter as a volunteer at the hospital. She said she didn’t want to sit around and watch bad TV after her husband’s death, so she decided to volunteer. From folding and checking blankets for kids to preparing packets for families coming to the hospital, Rose is quite busy on the days she […]

  • Ohio Turnpike honors local man who died in tragic accident

    RICHFIELD, Ohio- It didn’t matter if it was early in the morning or late at night, Michael Kennedy, 56, was probably somewhere on the Ohio Turnpike around Ravenna. The father of two and grandfather of eight towed cars for a living. His family says he would like to say that he wanted to be the best part of someone else’s bad day. But, for Mike’s family, May 11, 2015 will always be a very bad day. “About 8:45, I got […]

  • Sound purr-fect? Cat cafe coming to Cleveland

    CLEVELAND- Lilly’s Chocolates, a neighborhood staple, is moving to a new place on Schaff Road next month. So what happens to the space which is right in the heart of Tremont? Why not fill it with balls of string, laser pointers and a small herd of cats? Cleveland’s first cat cafe, affoGATO, hopes to open in July. “We’re going to have a little cafe where people can come and enjoy themselves and then we’re going to have a lounge where people […]

  • Kent State Tuscarawas wrestler born without legs teaches students it’s OK to be different

    CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio– Inspiration can come from many sources. At Price Elementary School in Cuyahoga Falls, that inspiration came from Zion Clark. He has caudal regression syndrome, a condition where he was born without legs. But Clark is a winning wrestler at Kent State’s Tuscarawas campus. When students saw a video of what he is able to do on the wrestling mat, they decided to write letters to him. Those letters nearly moved Zion to tears. “I’m sitting there and I’m […]

  • Remembering Cleveland’s Sax Man: His family looks back at Maurice Reedus’ life

    CLEVELAND – His name was Maurice Reedus, Junior. But everyone in Cleveland knew him as The Sax Man. Reedus passed away last week. Fox8’s Roosevelt Leftwich talked to his family and fans, who remember Maurice and his saxophone as  much-loved fixtures on Cleveland’s streets. Services for The Sax Man will be held at The Sanctuary Baptist Church on E. 131 Street Thursday, April 26 at 10 a.m. More stories on the “Sax Man” here

  • ‘Rock stars’ will be driving RTA trolleys in honor of Rock Week

    CLEVELAND – It’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction week in Cleveland, and RTA trolley drivers are getting into the swing of things. Some of the drivers are dressing up as rock stars to drive their trolleys all week long. Do not be surprised if you see Meat Loaf, Ray Charles or even Bob Marley behind the wheel. Roosevelt Leftwich has the story, above. More on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions here.

  • One of oldest living heart transplant recipients talks about incredible gift of life

    CLEVELAND — If every day is truly a gift, the presents that Ryan Zinn has received are too numerous to count. But his life has been just like a lot of folks. He finished school, married a wonderful woman and has an incredible two-year-old daughter, little Sylvia Rose. But there was a time in his life when any sort of future was far from guaranteed. At age 15, his heart started to fail. “It was enlarged; it was about the circumference […]