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
Suzanne.Stratford@Fox8.com


Recent Articles
  • John Hay football team returns to practice after death of their captain

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – John Hay High School football players returned to practice Monday afternoon with heavy hearts after losing a team captain over the weekend. Michael Chappman passed away early Sunday morning at MetroHealth Medical Center from complications attributed to a gunshot wound. “They’re taking it hard,” said Rodney Decipeda, Hornets Head Coach. “All of us are taking it hard.” The 17-year-old quarterback and all around “good kid” was shot in broad daylight on July 6th at a park on […]

  • Dog flu concerns across Ohio: Here’s what you need to know

    AVON LAKE, Ohio — Dog flu concerns are on the rise across Ohio after a spike in suspected cases caused many kennels and pet groomers to now require the canine influenza vaccine.   “There’s been a lot of cases recently,” said Dr. Carmen Petti, with Avon Lake Animal Clinic. The highly contagious H3N2 strain is usually transmitted from dog to dog, but can also be picked up on clothing and carried home by the owner, where the virus can live up […]

  • APL investigating after video shows carriage horse falling in downtown Cleveland

    (Warning: the images in this story may be disturbing to some people)   CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Animal Protective League is investigating after video and photos of a carriage horse falling on a downtown Cleveland street Saturday were shared on social media. Cleveland Animal Protective League Executive Director Sharon Harvey said the humane organization received numerous complaints from people who saw photos and video of the horse, who is named Fredo.  They showed the animal collapsing and sliding down Main Avenue, […]

  • Cleveland high school football player seriously injured in drive-by shooting

    CLEVELAND, Ohio —  A high school football player and team captain is hospitalized and might never walk again after being randomly targeted in a drive-by shooting in Cleveland. “I never thought I’d be shot,” said Michael Chappman. “I don’t do anything, but be at home, on my phone or at football practice or at work.” The 17-year-old has been playing football since he was six and was looking forward to his senior year at John Hay High School. Doctors say […]

  • ‘It was pretty intense’: Passenger talks about scary moment on flight to Cleveland from Jamaica

    MIAMI, Florida — A passenger plane heading to Cleveland was forced to make an emergency landing after reports of possible smoke or fire in the Boeing 737‘s cargo hold. The Swift Air flight took off from Kingston, Jamaica bound for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at around 1 p.m. Friday. According to passengers, everything seemed normal until about a half hour into the flight. “They said we’re in an emergency situation,” said Austin Calvetta, who was traveling with his family. “We definitely […]

  • Flight heading to Cleveland from Jamaica makes emergency landing in Miami

    MIAMI, Florida — A flight heading to Cleveland from Jamaica had to make an emergency landing in Miami on Friday. Swift Air Flight 933 was expected to land at Hopkins International Airport at around 5:30 p.m., but was diverted to Miami. Marc Henderson with Miami International Airport says it was believed there may have been a fire in the cargo section, but it turns out there was not. There are 155 people on board the flight. No injuries were reported. […]

  • City vehicle falls into huge sinkhole in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND, Ohio —  The Cleveland Water Department says one of its vehicles fell into a huge sinkhole on Thursday. It happened at around noon on E. 127th Street near Coronado Ave. The sinkhole is about 6-10 feet deep. Cleveland Water said it received a call about a possible 6-inch water main leak. As one of its investigators got out of the vehicle to look for the leak, the street began to collapse, and the vehicle fell into the hole. The […]

  • Sheffield Lake getting some answers after alarming number of dead fish wash up on shore

    SHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio– An alarming number of dead fish began washing ashore in Sheffield Lake on Wednesday. The ghastly sight caught people off guard near the Public Boat Ramp and Beach on Lake Rd. “We’re all just sitting here like what the heck is happening,” said Alexis Williams. “It looked like they were white caps, but they were dead fish.” All of the dead fish were sheepshead, also known freshwater drum, and most likely came from across the lake, but […]

  • Race track remembers 16-year-old star driver killed in Jefferson Township crash

    THOMPSON, Ohio– Thompson Raceway Park fell silent to honor a local teenage driver who was killed in a tragic accident. Joshua Evans was a standout junior dragster who frequently raced and won at the Geauga County track. “His second full year, he was the track champion and the Civision 3 champ,” said his mother Tammy Evans-Wotring. The 16-year-old was killed Friday morning driving in Jefferson Township with a friend. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a pickup truck ran […]

  • Berea says lead found in drinking water distribution system: What residents need to know

    BEREA, Ohio–  The City of Berea says its water treatment plant has found lead in the drinking water distribution system. According to a press release from the city, in recent test results, the plant detected lead in levels exceeding the federal and state action level from June 2 – 15, 2017 of sampling. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. The city says:  “Our 90th percentile (90 percent of sample results below this value) […]

  • ‘We Rise by Lifting Others:’ Anti-bullying party held in North Ridgeville

    NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio – A unique event to combat bullying was held in North Ridgeville Wednesday night. The “anti-bullying” party was meant to empower victims and those who bravely stand up to bullies. Christina Kozimor got the idea after her own daughter was targeted. “She doesn’t understand why everyone can’t be friends and that’s just the way she is,” said Kozimor. 11-year-old Eva Kozimor’s struggles started after she confronted a bully on the school bus. “This girl was calling this kid […]

  • Detectives testify in trial of woman accused of paying for murder of firefighter husband

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – The wife of murdered Cleveland firefighter Lt. William Walker, 45, seemed like a grieving widow right after his death. However, investigators testified Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Court that Uloma Curry-Walker’s devious plan quickly unraveled in the weeks that followed. The 45-year-old is on trial for aggravated murder and conspiracy. Prosecutors say, just months after the couple married, Uloma began plotting the murder. They say she recruited her own daughter, Jacqueline Hines, who was a teenager at the […]