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
  • One turkey is talk of the town in Cuyahoga Falls as it chases people, cars

    CUYAHOGA FALLS,Ohio-  A wild turkey with a “fowl” attitude is the talk of the town in Cuyahoga Falls. Some people are terrified of the big bird, while others enjoy his outrageous and sometimes aggressive antics. No one is certain exactly when the large “Tom” settled into the industrial area along Steels Corners Rd near State Rd, but lately he’s getting more attention. “Oh, he’s a character,” said Ed Tracy, who frequently stops to see the turkey with his son. ”Some days […]

  • Close encounter 50 years later: Woman relives night she says her dad saw ‘vehicle’ coming from sky

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — UFOs and mysterious Men in Black make great characters in comic books and action films, but a Cleveland area author claims they’re also “very real.” Taunia Derenberger-Bowman was just a little girl when her father’s terrifying close encounter captured national attention, and the questions continue to this day. “My first recollection was dad walking into the house white as a sheet; very, very scared and I’d never seen my father like that,” said Taunia. Woodrow “Woody” Derenberger […]

  • Two brothers killed in Ashtabula County car crash remembered during vigil

    ​ ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio– More than 75 people gathered to remember two brothers killed in a car accident. Jonathon Mulhauser, 19, was driving his 18-year-old brother, Jacob, to school Wednesday morning on S.R. 45 near Johnson Rd. when their vehicle slipped left of center and struck a van, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. A vigil was quickly planned and held Thursday evening at the gazebo in Rome Township, right next to the fire department where Jon was training […]

  • You can ‘talk’ to your dog: expert tips on how to communicate with Fido

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking, or wished you could “talk” to them? New research shows that you can communicate with your canine far more than previously thought. “They may not be able to speak English, but they certainly communicate and they communicate a lot,” said Dr. Meghan Herron, a researcher and professor at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Incredibly, the latest groundbreaking information shows that we humans have been misunderstanding […]

  • Frank Jackson wins 4th term as Cleveland mayor: ‘The work is not done’

    ​ CLEVELAND, Ohio– Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson won a 4th term Tuesday night in the race against Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed. The mayor, who recently turned 70, thanked his family for their support. He also thanked the voters. “The work is not done. We’re moving in the right direction,” Jackson said in his victory speech. “We have a bright future, but the work needs to continue.” **Follow election results all evening** In his concession speech, Reed said the voters of […]

  • Thousands still without power one day after storms rip through NE Ohio

    TWINSBURG, Ohio – Widespread road closures are still in effect and over 23,000 people are still without power, over half of them in Summit County, more than 24-hours after violent storms swept across NE Ohio. The highest concentration of outages are in Twinsburg, where a powerful microburst brought down massive trees tangled in countless power lines. About half a dozen transmission poles were destroyed as well as a 30,000 volt feeder line. Repairing the damage is an “incredible” undertaking says […]

  • An ounce of prevention: important tips to keep you from becoming a victim while driving

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Motorists face countless obstacles and challenges on the road, but most are oblivious to the other risks involved with driving in certain locations and at specific times of day. “People are not aware of the real crime that goes on all around here,” said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. David Francway. “The average person who is victimized…it’s usually because they weren’t paying attention.” Gas stations, shopping plazas, rest stops, traveling the interstates between and even stopping at red […]

  • What was it? Man talks about ‘Minerva Monster’ mystery 40 years later

    MINERVA, Ohio– A Minerva man is breaking his silence about a strange creature after nearly 40 years. “You’re the first we’ve talked to since,” said Howe Cayton, sitting down with FOX 8 News reporter Suzanne Stratford. Howe was just a teenager in 1978, growing up with his parents and six siblings in a home on Lincoln Street. Right behind the house was an old strip mine. “We’d play hide and seek,” said Howe. “It was just a playground for us […]

  • Ohio State’s pet blood bank revolutionizing pet health care

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Blood donation revolutionized health care treatments for humans and it’s now doing the same for our pets. The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center has one of the most unique and advanced Animal Blood Banks in the country. Fox 8 cameras were granted unlimited access inside the blood bank, which ships products all across the nation. The lives of countless cats, dogs, farm and zoo animals have been saved. “One donation can help up to 4 different […]

  • High school football team plans tribute to fallen Girard officer

    GIRARD, Ohio– The Girard High School varsity football team is preparing a special tribute for fallen Girard Police Officer Justin Leo. Almost all of the players knew the 31-year-old patrolman, who worked part time as a school resource officer and was active in youth sports. “I get emotional talking about it, because he was such an important figure and amazing person,” quarterback Mark Waid said.” He’d always say hi to you and was someone you could talk to.” Leo graduated […]

  • Two local girls set up hot cocoa stand to help ‘make the world a better place’

    BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio – Chilly weather couldn’t stop two young girls from holding their very special fundraiser. The 9-year-olds are 5th graders at Broadview Heights Central. It started as a school project where students were challenged to “make the world a better place.” At first Elaysia Hill wanted to hold a lemonade stand for charity but then the temperature plummeted so she and her good friend Jadyn Brooks held a “hot chocolate” stand instead. Anyone who donated money received a […]

  • Shots fired at car on Jennings Freeway; bullet hits pumpkin in trunk

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – A local woman is warning drivers to be extra careful on the Jennings Freeway after someone randomly shot her car. The bullet narrowly missed the gas tank, and ended up in the trunk lodged inside of a pumpkin. “I’d taken my kids to the pumpkin patch earlier in the day,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified. It happened just after 3 a.m. Sunday as the mother of 4 was heading home from work on 176 […]