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
  • Grayton Road Tavern’s Queen of Hearts drawing lives on for another week

    CLEVELAND– Players packed the Grayton Road Tavern in Cleveland this Valentine’s Day, looking for love from the Queen of Hearts game. “It’d be really awesome for someone to win on Valentine’s Day,” said Jennifer Natale, General Manager of the tavern. Wednesday night, the jackpot rose to over $1.7 million, with well over 571,000 tickets sold. Here’s how the game works: It starts with a board of 52 cards and two jokers face down. Each week, the bar selects one ticket. […]

  • As severe flu season continues, flu shots getting harder to find

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – An already aggressive flu season is becoming more challenging. The CDC is reporting “spot shortages” of antiviral drugs used to combat the virus. To fix the problem, the Centers for Disease Control has begun working with manufacturers and insurance companies to ensure people get the medications they need. Additionally, some pharmacies, including those in NE Ohio, are running low or running out of the flu vaccine at some store locations. Cuyahoga County Health Commissioner Terry Allan said, […]

  • 13-year-old Boy Scout honored for saving brother’s life

    MEDINA, Ohio — A local 13-year-old Boy Scout is being recognized nationally for saving his brother’s life. Julio Esis, Jr. was awarded the National Certificate of Merit from the Boy Scouts of America and received a proclamation of recognition from Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell. In September, Julio and little brother Cesar were watching television when the 8-year-old got a piece of ice stuck in his throat. Although Julio was only 12 years old at the time, he remained calm and […]

  • A look at Ohio’s first known cloned dog

    More than 20 years after scientists in Scotland first cloned a sheep named Dolly, pet owners can clone their beloved dogs and cats. Viagen Pets is a Texas-based company that’s been cloning farm animals for fifteen years, and started cloning pets about two years ago. “It’s really been amazing. We’re the only company in the world right now that clones cats,” said Melain Rodriguiz, a Viagen spokesperson. The process begins with genetic preservation using a small skin biopsy taken from […]

  • The dream of striking it rich continues in Cleveland tavern’s Queen of Hearts drawing

    CLEVELAND–  The Queen of Hearts game has people standing in line for hours to purchase tickets and dreaming of striking it rich. “I had a lady tell me the other night this is the adult version of Willy Wonka’s golden ticket,” said Jennifer Natale, manager of the Grayton Road Tavern in Cleveland where the game’s being played each week. The jackpot is already up to $1.2 million and will definitely grow. Here’s how the game works: It starts with a […]

  • Lakewood police warn residents to be extra careful following carjackings

    LAKEWOOD, Ohio– Lakewood police are warning residents to be extra careful, especially at shopping centers after another violent carjacking in less than a week. An incident happened Monday night around 8 p.m. in the City Center Plaza located near the corner of Detroit Ave. and Warren Rd. A 64-year-old man was reportedly surrounded by multiple young males, threatened and robbed with some kind of weapon, possibly a gun. The suspects then fled in his vehicle, which was later recovered by police […]

  • Affinity Medical Center closing: Community strikes deal that could bring medical services to city

    ​ MASSILLON, Ohio — Massillon City Council held a special meeting to discuss a proposed agreement between the city and Quorum Health over plans to close Affinity Medical Center. The company blames declining revenue and increased obligations to insurance companies among the reasons behind the decision to close. Thursday night, an agreement was reached which council passed unanimously. Under the deal, Affinity will sell the hospital and all of the assets inside to the city for $1. The city will […]

  • Kucinich to protest deportation of Youngstown business owner

    YOUNGSTOWN — Democratic candidate for Governor and former U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich will be in Youngstown today to protest the detention and threatened deportation of Youngstown-area businessman Amer Othman Adi, a news release stated. Kucinich and his wife, Elizabeth, will join Adi’s friends and family for a 2 p.m. rally at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center. Adi is currently on a hunger strike to protest his incarceration, the release said. Adi was taken into custody earlier this week at his […]

  • Rocky River warns residents of possible ice jams, flooding with warmer weather on the way

    ROCKY RIVER, Ohio — Rocky River is warning residents of the potential for ice jams and  flooding in the Yacht Club basin with temperatures expected to warm up and possible precipitation in the forecast in the coming days. The city says the ice in the west channel and at the mouth of the Rocky River may prevent water from moving and the rain, along with the snow melt, could raise river levels quickly. Flooding is a possibility early next week. Rocky River […]

  • Back on Earth: Astronaut talks aliens, missions to Mars and important research

    CLEVELAND, Ohio —  What do astronauts really think about UFOs and missions to Mars? Astronaut and Col. Jack Fischer addressed those questions and many more Thursday, speaking to hundreds of people at the NASA Glenn Research Center. Fischer spent four and a half months on the International Space Station and just returned in September. According to NASA, the scientific contributions Fischer and his crew mates made will benefit research in biology, biotechnology, physical science and earth science. A cancer study […]

  • Youngstown business owner taken into custody by ICE could get stay in deportation

    A Youngstown businessman who was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Tuesday in Brooklyn Heights might soon get a stay in deportation. Amer “Al Adi” Othman thought he was meeting with officials, but was instead arrested by ICE agents and taken to the Geauga County Jail to be deported back to Jordan. Amer has lived in the United States for nearly four decades, owns a successful business in downtown Youngstown, and has been married to a U.S. […]

  • Terrifying flu season: What to look out for as growing number of young people lose lives after getting sick

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — This flu season is already the worst in over a decade, according to the CDC and now a terrifying trend is emerging across the country. Young, healthy people, who typically are able to fight off the virus, have been dying within days of catching it. A 40-year-old mother and marathon runner from California; a 21-year-old fitness fanatic from Pittsburgh; and one of FOX 8’s own, Kathleen Cochrane DePiero, here in Cleveland have all passed away from influenza escalating […]