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
Suzanne.Stratford@Fox8.com


Recent Articles
  • Local car dealer victim of crippling phone scam

    AKRON, Ohio – An important warning after unrelenting phone scammers practically shut down a local business and literally overload their phone system. It started with a few calls, around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12th asking to speak with the same male employee at Summit Toyota in Akron. The caller was demanding $852 for an alleged debt, and wanted the funds paid immediately using Visa gift cards. The man, described as a valued employee, had no idea what they were talking […]

  • Stars on campaign trail: Dave Matthews takes stage for Dennis Kucinich

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Dave Matthews came to Cleveland Friday night for a last-minute concert that was actually a political fundraiser for Ohio gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich. “He’s got something that I think is worth traveling to support,” said Matthews in an exclusive sit-down interview with FOX 8 News reporter Suzanne Stratford. The two are good friends who first met 20 years ago at a Farm Aid benefit concert. Since then they’ve worked together on other […]

  • Elderly father and son rescued from burning Massillon home

    MASSILLON, Ohio – An elderly man in a wheelchair and his adult son were heroically rescued from their burning home in Massillon. The fast-moving fire started inside the kitchen at 125 25th Street sometime before 10 am Saturday, and was quickly spreading when neighbors noticed the smoke. “We thought it was smoke from the dryer vent at first,” said Ben Conley. “By the time we got over there you could see the flames and windows cracking.” “I had to do […]

  • Rain, wind send 100-foot tree into Cleveland home

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Excessive rain and gusting winds wreaked havoc on several mature trees in the area, and toppled one onto a house in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood around 1:15 pm Monday afternoon. The massive 100-foot White Oak tree fell from the backyard at 16617 Melgrave Ave onto the next door neighbor’s home just east of it. The owners, who asked not to be identified, said the huge branches smashed through their roof and into a second floor office, causing […]

  • Great Lakes Cheese donates $2 million to local school district

    BURTON, Ohio — A local cheese company delivered a whole lot of “cheddar” to the Berkshire School District in Geauga County. Great Lakes Cheese has always been a big supporter of the school district and donated thousands of dollars over the years. Members of the Epprecht family, who own and operate the company in Northeast Ohio, graduated from Berkshire High School. Friday afternoon, they returned to their alma mater and presented the Badgers with a $2-million check. The money will […]

  • ‘They were waiting and watching’: Victim talks about latest carjacking in same community

    Violent carjackers, who have been terrorizing people living in or near Lakewood, have struck again, for the eighth time in a few short months. The latest attack happened near W.117th St. and Detroit Ave., but across the border in Cleveland.   “They absolutely were waiting and watching,” said the 26-year-old victim, who asked not to be identified. It happened as he and his girlfriend were going to My Friends Restaurant on Detroit Rd around 10:30 p.m. Friday night. The man […]

  • High-speed chase ends with car going airborne

    VALLEY CITY, Ohio — A high-speed, early morning chase ends with the suspects’ car going airborne, flying across two properties and through several trees before crash landing three doors down. It happened around 4 a.m. at the intersection of Grafton Road and Marks Road in Valley City. According the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers attempted to stop the a white 2009 Mazda 6 for a speed violation in Brunswick, when the 23-year-old driver sped off. On dash cam video, the […]

  • Dozens of security cameras being installed at Brown Middle School in Ravenna

    RAVENNA, Ohio — Dozens of security cameras are being installed at Brown Middle School in Ravenna and just part of a multi-layered safety plan. Ravenna Board of Education member Mike Tontimonia confirmed to Fox 8 that the cameras will be strategically placed at Brown and similar to those already installed at the high school. The goal is to have the cameras operational by May and to eventually install cameras across the district, “building by building,” said Tontimonia. The cameras are […]

  • Some trying to prevent Euclid YMCA from closing

    EUCLID, Ohio– Residents, members and even some employees say they were blindsided by the announcement that the YMCA in Euclid will be closing. Timothy Hilk, CEO and President of the Greater Cleveland YMCA, made the announcement Wednesday afternoon. Hilk says the YMCA has been operating in Euclid for 70 years. They started inside churches and schools, and then in the 1950s when the community raised money to build the facility on Babbitt Rd. The decision to close was not taken […]

  • Lakewood City Council passes pit bull law which ends controversial ban

    LAKEWOOD, Ohio — After 10 years, pit bulls are no longer banned or automatically labeled as “vicious” in the city of Lakewood. Council members voted Monday night on multiple significant changes to the city’s Dangerous and Vicious Animals law, Chapter 506 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Lakewood. In the law, “pit bull dogs or canary dogs” were deemed dangerous, but now the entire definition has been rewritten and is no longer breed specific.  All dogs will now […]

  • Man wrongly convicted of murder hopes to head to Disney, see Browns game after release from prison

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man who was wrongly convicted of aggravated murder and imprisoned for15 years is finally back at home. Ru-El Sailor was released from the Justice Center Wednesday night, and went straight over to Willard Park and the Free Stamp sculpture. “So many times I’ve seen it and I thought when I get out, I want to go to that Free Stamp,” said Sailor. “I want to represent for all the brothers who ain’t free; I want to […]

  • Cleveland ‘March for Our Lives’ rally draws huge crowd to Public Square

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – A massive crowd gathered in downtown Cleveland at Public Square Saturday morning to rally for gun control. Well over one thousand protestors carried signs, chanted and marched through downtown demanding action by Congress creating comprehensive, common-sense gun laws. Protestors included many parents, students, teachers and other concerned citizens. One father said he brought his son, because he’s upset over the violence and tired of the divisive, political rhetoric. “If you support any intelligent inquiry into what we […]