Suzanne is a general assignment, and special projects reporter who has won 4 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 telling 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 a marathon runner who enjoys reading, drawing and most of all- spending time with her family, friends and puppies.

You can reach Suzanne at 216-401-7089

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    RNC: Human trafficking dangers

    CLEVELAND – Inside Quicken Loans Arena, the Republican National Convention will be a family friendly affair, but outside in Cleveland there are some R-rated aspects to the big event and terrifying threats. Strip clubs are pumped and say their phones have been ringing off the hook. Frank Spencer, President of Crazy Horse Licensing Inc., says they’ve addressed security concerns, extended hours until 4 a.m. and are offering many specials. “It’s one of the biggest things that ever happened in Cleveland,” […]

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    Cleveland Hopkins extra busy as people come to Cleveland for RNC

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – It’s non stop traffic at Hopkins Airport as thousands of people travel to Cleveland each day for the Republican National Convention. About 50,000 political big-wigs, delegates and demonstrators are expected on top of normal airport traffic. Thursday afternoon Matt Wheeler stood with a welcoming sign in baggage claims for the 700 people arriving with the California delegation alone. “We’re the big ones,” joked Matt, ”And loving every minute of it.” The city, airport and partners have been […]

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    Many cities banning mermaid swim accessories for safety reasons

    ELYRIA, Ohio – Video of a young girl struggling underwater while wearing a popular type of toy has led to many cities and suburbs banning the item from their public pools; including but limited locally: Cleveland, Lakewood, Westlake, Parma, Bay Village and Elyria. They’re called “mermaid swim tails and monofins” and look like a costume combined with a swimming suit. There are videos online showing some adults and children taking classes and easily swimming in the fins, but Lisa Bowman, […]

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    Firefighters, citizens march to Lorain city council to speak out about cuts

    LORAIN, Ohio – More 75 firefighters and citizens supporting the Lorain Fire Department gathered at Veterans Park in downtown Lorain Tuesday and then marched over to city hall, upset over layoffs that they say are putting both the community and firefighters at risk. All but one fire station was closed and 22 firefighters were laid off July 1st to help the city manage a more than a three-million-dollar budget deficit. Lorain firefighters had taken about a half a million dollars in […]

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    Community comes together to get 7-year-old organ donor a very special tombstone

    CLEVELAND- Fox 8 viewers and one very special community partner have stepped in to help a grieving family get a tombstone for their deceased daughter before her August 28th birthday. It’s been a year since Amber Travaglio frantically performed CPR and tried to save her 7-year-old daughter Melody, after a “sudden asphyxic” asthma attack. Before the attack, Melody was healthy and although young was already volunteering and dreaming of traveling into outer space. “I never thought I’d go to the […]

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    Charity run for local fallen officer takes on deeper meaning after Dallas shooting

    ELYRIA – It has been more than 6 years since Elyria police officer James Kerstetter was killed in the line of duty.  And a local annual charity run is taking on a much deeper meaning following the deaths of 5 police officers in Dallas. Flags are flying at half staff outside of the Elyria Police Department in honor of the deceased officers; while inside, organizers are preparing for an event remembering Officer Kerstetter, who was killed in the line of duty on March […]

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    Police, good Samaritan help dog locked inside hot car in Vermilion

    VERMILION, Ohio –  A good Samaritan records video of a Vermilion police officer rescuing a dog locked inside a parked hot car. Deborah Parker, a retired nurse who also runs the Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary in Vermilion,called 911 after noticing the elderly dog inside the vehicle on July 1 outside of a grocery store. “All four windows were up,” said Deborah, “And the dog was panting profusely with slobber coming out of his mouth.” While Patrolman Leo Chandler attempted to […]

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    Local mother hoping to get tombstone for her daughter’s grave

    CLEVELAND- A year after her daughter’s death, a Euclid mother is trying to get her a proper tombstone. Amber Travaglio says emotional and financial difficulties following the death of her 7-year-old daughter and related medical bills have prevented her from purchasing a memorial marker, but recently friends have begun rallying behind the family because Melody was such a special child. Despite her young age, Melody loved volunteering and knitting hats for hospitalized infants. She also had a passion for dancing, Girl […]

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    Suspect targets University Heights pizza shops with counterfeit cash

    UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio– Counterfeit cash has turned up at several businesses in University Heights. Investigators aren’t sure how long the suspect has been spending the funny money, but police were first called on June 21 when the owner of Teresa’s Pizza on South Taylor Road filed a report. George Karavantas said the suspect visited the store several times and seemed to target the younger employees while they were busy. “And he was able to pass it through a teenaged girl who wasn’t […]

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    Ghost stories surround Ohio tavern where U.S. presidents visited

    HANOVERTON, Ohio– Hanoverton, Ohio is a small village in Columbiana County with a storied past and some say many lingering spirits. Founded in the early 1800s by abolitionists, the village helped shape both a young nation and the early Republican Party. “It’s just incredible history,” said David Johnson, owner of the Spread Eagle Tavern & Inn on Plymouth St. in Hanoverton, “This is remarkable; every neighbor on this street has a ghost story.” Also, nearly every home and building on the […]

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    J.R. Smith signs autographs, jokes about wearing a shirt because Obama told him to

    NORTH RANDALL, Ohio – The party continues for Cleveland Cavaliers fans and players. Hundreds of people lined up early and waited several hours in North Randall at Beckham’s B&M BBQ to see J.R. Smith. And when Smith didn’t arrive at 5:30 p.m. as scheduled some became worried. “I got nervous,” said RJ Haddad, from Parma, “I didn’t think he was gonna come.” But number 5 arrived about an hour and half later with a police escort. The Cavs forward and guard […]

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    RNC human trafficking dangers

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Republican National Convention is expected to draw more than 50,000 visitors to Cleveland. Both city leaders and businesses are expecting a financial boom, but all of the cash and crowds are also expected to attract some extremely unsavory criminals. Human trafficking occurs in all 50 states, including Ohio, but historically spikes in cities hosting large scale events. “It’s all about money,” said Renee Jones, with the non-profit Renee Jones Empowerment Center; helping rescue and rehabilitate sex […]