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

Recent Articles
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    Vigil held for 5-year-old North Canton girl found dead inside her family’s restaurant

    JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio –  A steady stream of cars and more than 50 people braved a cold, continuous rain Wednesday night to remember 5-year-old Ashley Zhao. They gathered in front of Ang’s Asian Cuisine on Portage Street, NW, the same restaurant where her remains were found Tuesday. “We felt something needed to be said,” said Patrick Jacobs whose group Unforgiven organized the event. “What happens to children is unforgivable that’s why we’re called Unforgiven.” The little girl had been reported […]

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    Mother of 5-year-old North Canton girl charged with murder, father with complicity

    JACKSON TOWNSHIP, OH – The parents of Ashley Zhao are in custody and have been charged in connection with her death. Ashley is the 5-year-old girl who went missing Monday from a Jackson Township restaurant. Her body was later found inside the restaurant “deceased and concealed.” Jackson Township Police report that the 5-year-old’s mother, Ming Ming Chen struck the child’s head “several times with her right fist.” Those injuries resulted in Ashley’s death. After this, her father, Liang Zhao, saw that Ashley had […]

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    Mother picked out of 1,000 people to receive new vehicle for Christmas

    AKRON, Ohio — Many of us wish for a new vehicle for Christmas with a big red bow, just like the commercials. Well, that dream has become a reality for a local struggling mother.  The gift is so substantial, the giver looked at more than 1,000 other possible recipients. Watch Suzanne Stratford’s report above,  for more on the generous and emotional surprise. 

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    Family’s beautiful underwater Christmas surprise brings veteran to tears

    STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — After years of trying to make her father’s wish come true, the daughter of a local veteran gave him an emotional holiday surprise. He served in the Navy during the Korean War but didn’t talk much about his service to his children while they were growing up. And, when he finally did, it gave his daughter an idea: Take her dad’s picture down to the ship he once served on. It sunk off the coast of Pensacola, […]

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    APL volunteer cooks up Christmas feast for all the pups at the shelter

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cooking a holiday dinner for dozens of guests can be an arduous task, but a local woman does it every Thanksgiving and Christmas for all of the dogs at the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Lori Puchalski started volunteering at the APL in 2009 and soon began making the “feast” treats with approval and help from the APL’s veterinarians. “I have such a love for animals,” said Lori, “And wanted to show them what love really is.” Lori […]

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    Medina High School pauses to remember classmate who lost battle to ALS

    MEDINA, Ohio – Hundreds of Medina High School “Battling Bees” traded their team colors of green and white for bright, royal-blue t-shirts at Tuesday night’s basketball game against Maple Heights. The donated tees were emblazoned with a fist and the words “Sierra Strong” in honor of their classmate 17-year-old Sierra Bland, who passed away from ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and was buried Monday. “I hope she’s looking down smiling,” said Anita Hunter, a neighbor and family friend who babysat […]

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    ODOT has plan to clear roads, kids have plans to get a snow day

    PAINESVILLE, OH – The Ohio Department of Transportation is enacting a new battle plan to fight the storm which is expected to bring significant snow accumulations to Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties. A Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. Friday for Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties. A Lake Effect Snow Advisory is in effect from Wednesday evening through Friday for Cuyahoga County. Click here for the Fox 8 weather warnings page.  Amanda McFarland, ODOT Public Information […]

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    Life-like doll almost gets local artist in trouble with the law

    SHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio —  A local artist’s talent for creating life-like baby dolls nearly landed her in trouble with the law. Kathy Cadle recently began painting and creating the realistic looking dolls with her sister Rachel Smith and her business Bunny Bundles Reborns. But when the grandmother tried to post pictures of her latest creation named Ethan, something went terribly wrong. “Come around the corner and the cop’s looking at me, and I go, ‘what’s happened?'” said Kathy. “He goes, […]

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    APL seizes dogs, turkeys and pig from Cleveland home

    CLEVELAND– Members of the Cleveland Animal Protective League seized animals from a house on the city’s west side Wednesday afternoon. A tipster called the APL about a large number of animals at a home near West 38th Street and Bailey Avenue. When they arrived, they found at least 200 animals living in poor conditions in the backyard. “We’ve never seen anything like this,” said Cleveland APL CEO Sharon Harvey. Officers removed dogs, chickens, pigeons, turkeys and a pig. They also […]

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    OSU president on attacks: ‘Our spirit was tested’

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Hundreds of students, faculty and staff gathered at St. John Arena on campus at The Ohio State University Tuesday night, still trying to process everything that happened during Monday’s attack. The event was organized to offer support and provide updates to Buckeye Nation on counseling availability as well as safety and security measures. During the 45-minute ceremony, OSU President Michael Drake addressed the crowd. He admitted, “Our spirit was tested,” but said OSU would move forward with […]

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    West side communities hit by rash of car thefts, break-ins

    BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – A crime spree that started over the summer has escalated in recent weeks across Bay Village According police, more than half a dozen vehicles have been stolen, with money, electronics and other items pilfered from about 45 other vehicles. The brazen thieves even ripped off a cellphone from inside a minivan on Thanksgiving afternoon. Officers say in the majority of the cases, the property was unlocked and/or unsecured, but neighbors worry that things could escalate given the […]

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    Not a dry eye in the studio during Dick Goddard’s final farewell

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — We all knew it would be emotional, but FOX 8 employees had a tough time keeping it together as Dick Goddard watched his peers deliver heartfelt presentations to the legendary meteorologist. Former FOX 8 News anchor Tim Taylor was up first.  “It was the greatest honor of my life, to sit next to you for all those years,” Taylor said, while choking back tears. Next, it was FOX 8 Sports anchor John Telich, who presented Mr. Goddard […]