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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
  • Woman’s simple mistake while battling illness leads to liver failure

    CLEVELAND —  Stephanie Soriano took over-the-counter medication while fighting the flu in January. The busy mom wanted to knock out the illness so she could keep going. “I was taking Tylenol during the day, towards the evening as well; and at nighttime, so I could sleep, I took NyQuil. Then, I would wake up around two to three in the morning and take Theraflu as well,” Stephanie said. Although everything she took would work on cold symptoms, they all had […]

  • Woman was six months pregnant when doctors discovered kidney cancer

    CLEVELAND– Hope is 8 months old and already has a story to tell. It started before she was even born. Her mom, Jessica Dykstra of San Diego, was not quite six months pregnant when a scan showed a problem and a follow up confirmed the worst. “That was also the day we find out if Hope was a boy or girl. So we had an ultrasound and an appointment with the urologist, and he said we’re 95 percent sure this […]

  • Black History Month: Meet Delta’s first African American female captain

    CLEVELAND — From Bessie Coleman to Mae Jemison, African American women have made their mark on aviation history. Cleveland native Stephanie Johnson is continuing that tradition as the first black female captain at Delta Air Lines. FOX 8’s Roosevelt Leftwich has Johnson’s story as we continue our look at Cleveland’s black history. **Read more on Black History Month, here**  

  • Black History Month: Members of InterCity Yacht Club carve out own piece of lakefront heaven

    CLEVELAND —  It’s been 50 years since a group of African-American boaters got tired of being turned away from marinas. In the years since, members of the InterCity Yacht Club have carved out their own piece of lakefront heaven. Roosevelt Leftwich has their story as we continue to salute Cleveland’s black history. **Read more stories on Black History Month**

  • Some babies at Akron Children’s Hospital to get knitted, red hats for heart disease awareness

    AKRON, Ohio – Thousands of red hats knitted by hundreds of volunteers will be given to children at Akron Children’s Hospital.  It’s all to draw awareness to heart disease. Zyaire Reed is the first baby at that hospital to get a new, hand-knitted red hat. The tubes and wires attached to Zyaire can’t hide chubby cheeks and his sweet spirit that you can see in his dark brown eyes, but it will be a while longer before he can go […]

  • Cleveland Queen of Hearts drawing attracting big numbers – and money

    Update: There was no winner in the January 31 drawing…on to yet another week……. CLEVELAND -It’s the kind of money that would make you stand in line in freezing weather just to get a shot at. It’s also the kind of money that would make you spend more than twenty minutes writing down your name and phone number – along with your hopes and dreams – on a bunch of little, $1  tickets. “I’m putting these in for my husband. […]

  • Heart screenings brought to Brush High School year after teen dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

    LYNDHURST, Ohio — It’s been almost a year since 17-year-old Brush High School hockey player Alec Kornet died from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Since then, his family and the school have worked hard to make sure that other student-athletes get tested for heart problems. The students are able to be screened at the high school for free. Each screening is recorded on a flash drive which is then sent to a cardiologist for review.  The students and their families get the […]

  • Busing cuts mean hundreds of students at Geneva Area City Schools have to find own way to school

    GENEVA, Ohio — Facing a budget deficit of about $2 million, Geneva Area City Schools has reduced system-wide busing to state minimums. That means that, with a few exceptions, every high school student and all students who live within two miles of their building will now have to find their own way to school. That’s about 350 students who are affected. “I don’t know what the whole deal is but now that they cut the busing this affects everybody– their work, […]

  • Local clergy accompany Columbus man to ICE check-in

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – It’s been a scary time for Manuel Gonzalez and his family. He and his wife, Edith Espinial, have been living in a Columbus church because the family is afraid that Edith could be deported if she leaves it. But Manuel left the church Wednesday morning  for his own court date before a federal judge in Cleveland. It’s just a check-in appearance, but the family is worried. “It’s been hard not having my mom at home, not having […]

  • Fighting the flu: Visiting the doctor without leaving your couch

    CLEVELAND — Flu season is bad this year and the best way to stop it is not to spread it. That’s why doctors at the Cleveland Clinic are urging people who think they may be coming down with the virus to try a different method of seeking care: over the phone. **Roosevelt Leftwich tells you how it works; you can watch his video, above** **More on the flu, here**

  • Former Pilot Flying J execs use racial epithets, mock Browns, Cleveland on trial tapes

    CHATTANOOGA,  TN – After a month off, the federal trial of former top executives with Pilot Flying J continued today in federal court in Chattanooga with the playing of some extremely controversial tape recordings that include one of the defendants saying the n-word. Defense attorneys initially asked for a mistrial, which was denied. Federal prosecutors then played the tapes, made by an FBI informant at an informal gathering of sales staff and former company president Mark Hazelwood,  in court. On the […]

  • Ohio’s oldest barbershop to close

    ORRVILLE, Ohio– Even at the very end the phone is still ringing, the appointment book is full and people are still coming into Ron’s Barbershop in downtown Orrville. But the doors will be locked for good Saturday night. Current owner, Judy Laurene, is looking to slow down a bit. Even though it’s had different names over the years, there has been a barbershop at 232 West Market Street since 1870. James Berry was the first barber 147 years ago and Laurene […]