Suzanne is a general and special assignment reporter who has won 6 Emmys for her reporting and news anchoring at WJW Fox 8 News.

For 8 years you could find her anchoring weekends at Fox 8, but now you can see her Monday through Friday nightside.

She loves meeting people and sharing their stories. One such story several years ago inspired her to research, create, and produce a television show based on children and their stories of reincarnation. The show is called, “The Ghost Inside My Child.”

Prior to joining FOX 8 in September 2000, Suzanne Stratford served as both reporter and back-up anchor for WSYX-WTTE in Columbus, Ohio.

Occasionally you could also catch her forecasting the weather. Suzanne began her career as a journalist at WKBN in Youngstown, where she was a weekend anchor, reporter and weather-caster.

A NE Ohio native, Suzanne is a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications with a minor in English and journalism from Youngstown State University.

Suzanne has been active in environmental causes and women’s organizations, and is currently volunteering with the Renee Jones Empowerment Center to stop human trafficking, and she has also volunteered reading to the blind.

Before beginning her career in broadcasting, Suzanne served as a SGT in the Army National Guard for eight years and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. During the Gulf War, she served as a Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Warfare Specialist. She earned commendations for both physical fitness and service overseas.

Born on August 30th, Suzanne is also an ultra-marathon runner who enjoys reading, painting and most of all- spending time with her family, friends and puppies.

You can reach Suzanne at 216-401-7089

Recent Articles
  • Family planning vigil for teen killed in hit-and-run crash days before 16th birthday

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland police released new images Friday of a car involved in a fatal hit-skip accident that claimed the life of 15-year-old David Bourne Jr. just days before his birthday. It happened along Union Ave. near East 69th St. in Slavic Village around 5 p.m. Wednesday. Surveillance video obtained by FOX 8 News shows David walking along the sidewalk just moments before he was struck. Witnesses say he stepped slightly off the curb to avoid a dead animal that […]

  • Community honors beloved North Ridgeville teen who died from cancer

    NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio — More than 50 people gathered at St. Peter Catholic Church on Center Ridge Road in North Ridgeville Thursday night to ‘color the city lime green.’ They brought hundreds of bright, neon green ribbons to remember and honor 17-year-old Jakob Hwang. “This is Jakob’s favorite color,” said Ember Mahaffey, who helped organize the event. Jakob was kind-hearted, smart, athletic and a faithful young man who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. After two years of battling the cancer, he […]

  • Driver of car hit during police chase still recovering one week later

    CLEVELAND – The video shows it all from above: a suspect hits another vehicle and a utility pole before rolling over during a high-speed police chase that ended at  East 105 and Superior in Cleveland. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, it happened at 7:46 p.m. on June 6. The driver, Robert Poole, 44, faces several charges in the case. An Ohio State Highway Patrol helicopter began to track the suspect, and troopers discontinued following him in their cruisers. Poole continued […]

  • ‘It was beautiful… an adorable home:’ Owner of East Cleveland house that exploded had just finished renovations

    EAST CLEVELAND – The owners of a home that blew up in East Cleveland, killing one person, were completely shocked to hear the news. The home on East 125th Street, near Forest Grove exploded at about 1 p.m. Sunday.  East Cleveland authorities confirmed a female died in the blast and a 51-year-old man was critically wounded with burns. The house is owned by “The KAT Group LLC” which is a division of Wagner Group Investments, a small family-owned business that […]

  • Cleveland family pleads for return of stolen Boston terrier puppy

    CLEVELAND– A Cleveland area family is pleading for help finding their 5-month-old puppy named Bronco. The Boston terrier disappeared from a front yard near West 58th Street and Bridge Avenue last Thursday, and appears to have been stolen. “It’s just tough,” said Mike Nicholl, Bronco’s owner, “It’s so hard for me to explain it to my daughters.” The puppy was always with Mike, who is a general contractor, but was secured and never out of sight. “You know, I’d let […]

  • Canton woman who owned ‘miracle house’ one step closer to becoming saint

    CANTON, Ohio — A local woman is one step closer to becoming a saint nearly 70 years after her death. Rhoda Wise was a humble woman who lived in a Depression-era shack in Canton; a house where many claim countless miraculous cures continue to occur. It started with Rhoda being healed in 1939 from a massive infection caused by the removal of a 39-pound tumor. Rhoda claimed Jesus and Saint Therese visited the house. Later, Rhoda developed stigmata, which many […]

  • Dramatic video: Lakewood officers honored for saving baby from being thrown from window

    SANDUSKY, Ohio – Three officers who stopped a mother from throwing her baby out of second-story window are being honored for their heroics in front of 1,500 of their peers. Officers Joshua Greear, Nick Rebraca and Heather Herpka received the prestigious “Life Saving” award Wednesday night from the Ohio Tactical Officers Association at an event in Sandusky. Officer Greear still can’t believe what happened that morning. The harrowing call was all captured on police body cameras. “I watched the video […]

  • Two firefighters taken to hospital during fire at Cleveland recycling plant

    CLEVELAND– Two firefighters were taken to the hospital while crews battled a blaze at a recycling plant in Cleveland. It happened at Royal Oak Recycling on Industrial Parkway near West 160th Street at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. About 10 fire companies responded to the blaze. Cleveland Division of Fire spokesman Mike Norman said the injuries to the two firefighters were heat related. Other injuries were evaluated by paramedics at the scene. Norman said the fire is mostly outside of the building […]

  • Drivers caught going wrong way, ignoring signs in construction zone

    NORTHFIELD, Ohio — A major construction project is causing massive safety concerns. Residents in the area say it’s only a matter of time before there is a bad accident or worse. “Oh, we’ve seen numerous near-misses,” said a neighbor who asked to be identified only as Mike. “The most concerning thing is seeing people driving the wrong way on the wrong side of the road, going around the road closed signs.” Ledge Road is supposed to be closed to through […]

  • Girl with 3D-printed hand to throw out first pitch at Cleveland Indians game

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Indians are preparing to welcome a very special guest this Memorial Day weekend. An 8-year-old little girl will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday night despite being born without fingers and underdeveloped muscles. Hailey Dawson, who lives in Las Vegas with her family, was born with a rare genetic birth defect called Poland Syndrome, but also an intense love of baseball. Her parents were initially looking for a way to help Hailey have a […]

  • Special space for 6-year-old Elyria boy battling leukemia

    ELYRIA, Ohio-An Elyria family gets a well deserved surprise. The non-profit group Special Spaces Cleveland selected them and their 6-year-old son Noah for a free bedroom makeover. “So many people nominated Noah,” said Director Shari Caruso. About two years ago Noah, who is the oldest of 4 children was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. He’s endured daily chemotherapy treatments since being diagnosed and must continue them for another year and a half. “Hard doesn’t even begin to describe it,” said […]

  • Rare look at mysterious shipwrecks and legends lurking in Lake Erie

    TOLEDO, Ohio —  Thousands of ships have wrecked on the beautiful, but beguiling waters of Lake Erie. Between four and five hundred of those wrecks remain buried in the sediment at the bottom of the lake.   In this report, the Cleveland Underwater Explorers, known as CLUE, deep sea photographer Andy Morrison and The National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo shared stunning video, and fascinating stories, tragedies, legends and more about what lies beneath the surface. **Watch Suzanne Stratford’s […]