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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
  • Homeowners say their homes are taking a hit from a near by driving range. ( picture courtesy FOX 8 News story)

    Fore! Homeowners furious at local driving range

    MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio–Several families living on Ragall Parkway in Middleburg Heights are “tee’d” off at a neighboring business. They say, the Stonebrook Golf Academy and Driving Range which abuts their properties has been putting their families and homes at risk. “You can hear the balls ripping through the trees,” said Craig Loudermelt, “My wife and 2-year-old granddaughter were almost hit by a ball.” The driving range has been in the community for years, but was purchased by new owners about […]

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    12 injured when truck crashes into Westlake bar, suspect arrested

    WESTLAKE, Ohio — Authorities say at least 12 people were hurt, up to three of them seriously, after a stolen truck crashed into Dover Gardens Tavern during a police chase Thursday night. Around 8:53 p.m., Avon Lake police began pursuing the stolen pick-up truck. Officers in Avon and Westlake joined the pursuit as the reckless driver continued traveling east on Detroit Road. Several Westlake patrolmen deployed stop sticks on Detroit Road near Cahoon Road. Lt. Ray Arcuri, says the suspect […]

  • A new low: Teen pulls gun on children for ice cream, potato chips

    CLEVELAND- Neighbors are nervous and parents upset after three young boys were robbed at gunpoint for a bag of snacks. The children, who are all related and around age 11, were walking home from a corner store in Cleveland, Thursday at 5:10 p.m. when a teenager approached them at Otis and E.73rd Street. Police said the male teen suspect had a “red t-shirt wrapped around his head” and “pulled a gun” from the waistband of his pants. The suspect ordered […]

  • Fight against Ebola: Governor Kasich to get look at NE Ohio response

    AKRON- Ohio Governor John Kasich is coming to Northeast Ohio Saturday to get an Ebola response update from CDC doctors and other health officials in Akron. It’s all part of a massive and united effort that’s under way after Amber Vinson’s visit to the Akron-area from Oct. 10-Oct. 13. The 29-year-old Dallas nurse is being treated for Ebola after caring for the man who died from the virus. Sixteen people are now being monitored after coming into contact with Vinson; […]

  • Ebola scare called a ‘wake-up call’ for Ohio and the entire country

    AKRON- Akron City and Summit County leaders held an informational meeting Thursday night at Firestone High School to explain why a local elementary school was closed and what the CDC is telling them about the Ebola exposure. “This is an unusual case,” said Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic. “The doctor who came here today implied there may be some new things they need to look at now based on this nurse.” During the candid event, Akron Schools Superintendent David James also […]

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    Stepping up safety: Cleveland officers will be armed with body cameras

    CLEVELAND- Cleveland City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday night that will arm the city’s police officers with body cameras. Serious discussions about the cameras, which can be worn on the officer’s body,  or mounted on the dashboard,  began after the November 2012 police chase and shooting that left two unarmed suspects dead. Some citizens wanted the cameras immediately purchased, but Councilman Matt Zone, co-chair of the Safety Council, said it took time to properly research the cameras. “There’s something […]

  • Victims of home burglary offer to pay suspects to turn themselves in

    WADSWORTH, Ohio — A couple’s home was burglarized while they were on vacation, but instead of getting angry they got a plan and posted it on Facebook. The family was out of town in late September when they learned someone had broken into their Wadsworth home on Archwood Road. They returned to find a number of items missing including: a large flat screen TV, Ten Point Crossbow with unique silver screw on the scope, silverware set, multiple Pandora charms and […]

  • ‘I’m surprised he wasn’t killed': Police warn of dangerous stunt after teen injured

    NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio- A teenager’s hospitalized and could face criminal charges after police say he and some 16 and 17-year-old friends attempted a stunt with a car. “I’m surprised he wasn’t killed,” said Sgt. Michael Pierce with the New Philadelphia Police Dept. The near-tragedy happened after 5 p.m. Sunday as the teenagers were “goofing around” with the vehicle and attempting to “surf” the car on Ackey Street. Although, instead of standing on it, Sgt. Pierce said a 17-year-old teenager from […]

  • Lawsuit: Man claims mom’s cremated remains found dumped in suitcase after TSA inspection

    CLEVELAND- A Cleveland man had carefully planned an emotional trip to take his mother’s cremated remains to a final resting place, but instead he says the journey turned horrific and upsetting. Attorney Adeladi Williams says his client, Mr. Shannon Thomas, was flying from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to San Juan, Puerto Rico in early October 2012. It was Mr. Thomas’ mother’s last wish to have her ashes spread in the crystal waters of the Caribbean Sea. But a lawsuit filed […]

  • Hot spots: Did your city make the cut?

    CLEVELAND- A local real estate firm has researched and ranked the hottest cities and suburbs currently in the housing market. Agents with Keller Williams of Greater Cleveland spent the long Labor Day weekend conducting the research which analyzed data from about 100 communities within the 7 counties in and around Cleveland. Scott Phillips Jr., CEO said they looked at 2 specific criteria: the pace of home sales and the average sales prices as they compared to last year. “The study […]

  • Ohio Turnpike warning E-ZPass customers about email phishing scam

    BEREA, Ohio — A warning has been issued for all Ohio E-ZPass customers and the public. The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission announced Wednesday that criminals are posing as turnpike employees and asking for money. “This is a classic phishing scam, because both E-ZPass customers and non-customers are being targeted,” said OTIC Interim Director Robin Carlin. More than 150,000 people use the electronic tolling system in Ohio, because it offers a discounted rate on tolls with no stopping at the […]

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    Police find missing woman’s car in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND — Police confirm to FOX 8 News that the car belonging to missing woman, Michaela Diemer, was found near 37th and Cedar between 2:15-2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Cleveland police said a man who was driving the car was arrested on an unrelated warrant. Diemer, 32, was last seen in Cleveland on Aug. 20. She was featured as part of FOX 8’s ‘Missing’ project to help bring loved ones home to their families. Stay with FOX 8 News and FOX8.com for […]