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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    Welcome home American League champs! Indians return to Cleveland

    CLEVELAND– Just hours after being crowned the ALCS champs, your Cleveland Indians returned to Cleveland. The team arrived at Cleveland Hopkins Airport just after midnight. The Tribe beat the Toronto Blue Jays in game 5 of the ALCS, 3-0 Wednesday night. Ryan Merritt started on the mound. He is just the second pitcher in MLB history to start a postseason game after making one regular-season start. Game 1 of the World Series is Oct. 25. You can watch every game of the World Series right here […]

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    Process of sainthood starts for Canton woman who owned ‘miracle house’

    CANTON, Ohio– People from around the world have been flocking to a small Canton home in hopes of being healed.  Many later claimed that they were miraculously cured. Now, the home’s previous owner is officially being considered for sainthood by the Roman Catholic Church, an extremely rare situation especially in Canton, Ohio. “This is so unique,” said Fr. Edward Beneleit, “You know, you don’t have masses or beginnings of the canonization process very often.” Her name is Rhoda Wise and in […]

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    Team shop stocked with new Tribe gear ahead of ALDS

    CLEVELAND– It’s a “fan-tastic” time in Cleveland. The NBA Champion Cavaliers’ preseason action began Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena; while next door the Indians were preparing for the playoffs after winning the AL Central Division Title. “I love it,” said Jareed Robinson, “It’s been so long since we’ve had winners like this.” Robinson and his buddies are going to the first ALDS game against the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field Thursday and stopped by the team shop  Wednesday […]

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    Parma City School Board president resigns at packed budget meeting as board asks state for extension

    PARMA, Ohio– Parma City School Board president Kathleen Petro resigned Tuesday during a packed meeting concerning the proposed budget plan. A special board meeting is being held at Parma Senior High School Auditorium, where parents, students and families are voicing their concerns. As the meeting was getting under way, someone asked Petro to “resign.” The crowd erupted in cheers; Petro then announced she was resigning and left the meeting. As the meeting continued, Board members said they would ask the Ohio Department of Education for […]

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    Suspect in Elyria attempted abduction spotted acting suspiciously twice before

    ELYRIA, Ohio– The Elyria City School District issued a safety alert to parents after a two female high school students said a man approached them and demanded they “get in his car” while exposing himself. According to Elyria police, it happened Wednesday at about 8:45 a.m. as the girls were walking east across the 3rd Street bridge. The  suspect was driving a golden or tan SUV with stickers on the back and a busted out rear passenger side window. “It’s a very […]

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    Parma City Schools announce ‘difficult decisions’ in light of budget crisis

    PARMA, OH – Parma City School leaders are being forced to make difficult decisions that they say will “negatively impact” the entire district including closing school buildings. And they announced them Monday night. How the district got into the situation is unclear.Some board members pointed to the previous administration and state auditor’s office, but the “who” will take time to figure out and they are under tight deadline. Superintendent Carl Hilling says they thought they had a surplus, but learned in May they were […]

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    Streetsboro police arrest woman for OVI twice in 6 hours

    STREETSBORO, Ohio– A Ravenna woman is facing charges for operating a vehicle under the influence after officers pulled her over twice in the same day. Streetsboro police received a call about an erratic driver at about 9:25 a.m. Tuesday. Officers found the car on state Route 43 near state Route 14. “In 21 years, I don’t recall anyone ever being arrested twice in the same day for OVI,” said Streetsboro Lt. Patricia Wain. The driver, Dawn Kvasnicka, 48, of Ravenna, was given […]

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    Officers from across country pay respects to fallen Trooper Kenneth Velez

    ELYRIA, Ohio– Law enforcement officers traveled from Canada and 29 states, including New York, Louisiana, Utah, Michigan, North Carolina and Kentucky, to Lorain County Wednesday to pay their respects to fallen Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Kenneth Velez. The 48-year-old father of three was struck and killed by a vehicle along Interstate 90 west on Sept. 15 while working traffic enforcement. Calling hours were held inside the Lorain County Community College Ewing Center in Elyria, where rows of cruisers were […]

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    Cleveland City Council continues to debate “Don King Way”

    CLEVELAND – A proposed ordinance to rename a portion of Cedar Avenue after legendary boxing promoter Don King is drawing criticism and making headlines around the world. “This ordinance has brought shame and embarrassment to the city of Cleveland,” said Councilman Zach Reed before city council Monday night. The ordinance was first proposed in the spring, but reintroduced in August with one controversial change. Originally, a part of Shaker Boulevard was going to be designated “Don King Way”, right in front […]

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    Sea of blue: Showing support for son of fallen trooper

    AMHERST, Ohio– Almost immediately after learning Trooper Kenneth Velez had passed away, students at his son’s high school began planning a tribute to the fallen officer. The Steele Comets’ colors are green and gold, but Friday night, their color was blue– a sea of blue to show strong support for Velez’s 15-year-old son, Christian, as he took the field. After learning of his father’s death, the varsity linebacker tweeted, “Rest In Peace Dad I know you’ll always be right there watching over me.” […]

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    ‘This is a tragedy:’ Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper remembered after being struck on I-90

    CLEVELAND – Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper Kenneth Velez, 48, was killed after being struck during a traffic stop on Thursday afternoon. Velez was conducting a stop when he was hit while outside of his patrol car on I-90 westbound near the Warren Road exit. “This is a tragedy for the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel Paul Pride said. “Our prayers go out to the Velez family during this difficult time.” “I’m […]

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    Cleveland City Council to review plan to rename portion of Cedar Avenue ‘Don King Way’

    CLEVELAND, Ohio- Plans to rename a portion of Cedar Avenue Don King Way after the famous boxing promoter, who was born and raised in the city have been halted for further review by Cleveland City Council. Long before King became famous internationally for his huge sporting events and trademark hair, he ran a gambling operation and in 1966 he stomped a man to death on Cedar because he owed him $600. King served 4 years in prison on a reduced charge […]