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
  • Case students gather to protest DACA decision

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Chanting and carrying signs about 75 people, mostly students gathered at Case Western Reserve University Tuesday afternoon to protest the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. The protest was quickly organized by La Alianza, a Latino student organization on campus. Organizer and CWRU student Justine Bernacet said, she was in class when the announcement was made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and immediately she wanted to do something. “We have to remember where […]

  • Mom thanks community, wants justice after 3-year-old daughter killed as they crossed street

    BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio — Parents of a 3-year-old girl, who was hit and killed by a driver in Broadview Heights, are thanking the community for their support. Timara Wilcoxson spoke exclusively with Fox 8 News. She says she and her boyfriend, Jeremy Thomas, the girl’s father, have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love they’ve received. Timara had just stopped by Jeremy’s employer, C.C. Appliances, and was walking on E. Royalton Rd when the tragic accident happened Monday. Timara was […]

  • 3-year-old killed as her family crosses street in Broadview Heights

    BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio — Family members and friends have many unanswered questions after 3-year-old Janyia Thomas was hit by a car and killed in Broadview Heights. The toddler was walking with her pregnant mom and two young sisters Monday. Family members tell Fox 8 News they were walking along East Royalton Rd and began crossing Taylor Ave when a car came out of nowhere and struck them. Kayla Clark works with the girls’ father at nearby C.C. Appliances. “She (mom) […]

  • Baldwin Wallace University student injured during honors program retreat

    CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio– A female freshman student from Baldwin Wallace University was injured Monday during an honors program retreat at Hiram House Camp in Chagrin Falls. The retreat is designed to increase camaraderie among the honors students before beginning their rigorous academic schedules. “They do activities that are bonding, the do some reflection and reading,” said Karp, “To help support each other, so they’re very close knit even on day one, that’s why this has been difficult for the students.” […]

  • Two children suffer minor injuries in ride incident at North Ridgeville Corn Festival

    NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio — A couple of children suffered minor injuries during  an incident on one of the rides at the North Ridgeville Corn Festival on Friday night. The fire chief said the incident happened at around 9:30 p.m. on a ride for kids in which cars go slowly around a track. The chief said one of the cars went off the track and that caused the rest of the cars to stop abruptly. Five children aged five and under […]

  • Worker accused of tampering with propane tanks at Cuyahoga County Fair

    BEREA, Ohio — A fair worker was taken into custody after a strange late night incident at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea. It happened after-hours  on Thursday. According to fair officials, the man was an employee for one of the ride contractors and apparently had a dispute with a worker from a different vendor. “It was an internal situation where an employee became a little out of sorts for whatever reason,” said Tim Fowler, president of the Cuyahoga County […]

  • ‘It’s devastating’: Family, friends of trooper killed on I-90 distraught by verdict

    CLEVELAND– Family and friends of Trooper Kenneth Velez were clearly distraught by Thursday’s verdict: A Cuyahoga County jury found Joshua Gaspar not guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and tampering with records. Multiple Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers were inside the courtroom with family and friends of Velez. Immediately after the verdict, they left the courthouse, clearly distraught and disappointed by the outcome. “It’s devastating,” said AJ Torres, a retired trooper and Kenny’s best friend. “The […]

  • 84-year-old driver charged with running red light, killing man on bike in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND– The FOX 8 I TEAM has learned an 84-year-old driver has been charged with running a red light and killing a man on a bicycle. It happened Tuesday night at Lake and Clifton in Cleveland. The first charge has been filed against James Callahan, Jr. Court records show a 36-year-old man  rode a bike into the intersection with a green light. Police say Callahan drove into the intersection with a red light. The victim landed on the hood and windshield, and then was […]

  • Teen faces serious charges for peanut prank at restaurant

    SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — South Euclid police officers used social media to help crack the case of a peanut-throwing prankster. The stunt happened on July 30 around dinnertime at Five Guys restaurant, located at 13971 Cedar Rd. A teenage male suspect walked into the store, picked up a large, heavy box of peanuts and then hurled it over the counter at workers. Several days later, a store manager came across video of the incident posted on Instagram and forwarded it […]

  • Thank you! You helped us stuff 11 buses for students in need

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Scores of volunteers and people ready to donate started lining up early Thursday morning in front of the Fox 8 Studios on Dick Goddard Way for the 11th annual Stuff the Bus. The event, co-sponsored by Great Clips and Hudec Dental, collects new school supplies for the Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center. Kathy Hirko, co-founder of the charitable organization, says the donations benefit well over 100,000 students in 250 schools across Cuyahoga County. “Unfortunately, there are […]

  • Signed, sealed, not delivered: What happened to couple’s wedding invitations?

    CANTON, Ohio–  A Northeast Ohio couple wants answers after all 88 of their wedding invitations were somehow lost in the mail. Mikayla Baumgarten and Benjamin Foringer say they mailed the invites on July 15 at the Jackson Belden US Post Office on Dressler Rd NW in Canton. They expected the invitations to begin arriving within a week or so, because letters dropped off in Canton must be transported to Cleveland for processing and then distribution. However, they realized there was […]

  • Community offers support to Uniontown officer shot in the line of duty

    UNIONTOWN, Ohio – Hundreds dined out in Uniontown to help a local officer who was shot multiple times while responding to a domestic violence call on July 9. The police sergeant’s been hospitalized in the ICU at Suma Health in Akron since that tragic night when four rounds struck Sgt. David White in the wrist, back and abdomen. After undergoing multiple surgeries and with 2 bullets still lodged inside his body, Sgt. White got out of bed Wednesday and walked […]