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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
Suzanne.Stratford@Fox8.com


Recent Articles
  • School officials, students outraged at photo of T-shirt with racist slur

    LYNDHURST, Ohio — A social media website post almost canceled a high school football game Friday night between the Brush High School Arcs and Mayfield Wildcats. The Snapchat picture showed several people standing around a backyard fire pit preparing to burn a Brush T-shirt. But it’s the threatening caption and racist slur on the shirt that really got people upset. It used a version of the N-word and read “Burn the (blank).” Brush students and faculty were outraged, and the […]

  • Family files racial discrimination lawsuit against school district

    A local family sues the Bellevue City School District for racial discrimination. They say their now 16-year-old daughter, who was on the honor roll, a cheerleader, class vice president and an athlete, was called the N-word and mistreated. The family packed up and moved to Sandusky. The school district recently settled for over $100,000. But said, the settlement was “with no admission of liability or guilt on the part of the school district.” Here is the entire statement from Bellevue […]

  • Several drivers’ windows shattered while behind the wheel in Akron

    AKRON– A short ride home turned into a white-knuckled drive for several local women after their vehicles were struck by something that shattered their windows. Both incidents happened a few blocks away from Copley Rd. on South Hawkins Ave. Victims said their vehicles were hit while they were driving along the stretch of road between Bye Street and Delia Ave. “I just know I’m a nervous wreck,” said Toni Spears-Alford. “And I’ll be glad when they find the person doing […]

  • Storm strikes Stow: ‘Our backyard looks like a bomb hit it’

    Wicked weather ripped through Northeast Ohio Wednesday afternoon and several places got hit hard. One of those places is Stow where a possible tornado touched down, causing a lot of damage on Bunker Lane, where a roof was ripped off of a home. No injuries were reported. *Watch Suzanne’s report above for more and take a look at the damage in photos below*

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    Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend charged

    CLEVELAND — A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his three children, has been charged with aggravated murder. Police said it happened on East 33rd Street around 12 a.m. Tuesday.  The kids, all under the age of 8, were reportedly at the home. Neighbors said they heard gunshots and ran over to try to help Malorie Ferrell but it was too late. Paramedics took Ferrell to MetroHealth Medical Center where police said she passed away from multiple […]

  • Vigil of justice held for mother killed at Cleveland home

    CLEVELAND– Purple was one of 28-year-old Malorie Ferrell’s favorite colors. Loved ones, who held a vigil for the murdered young mother, Tuesday night, noted that purple is also the color for Domestic Violence Awareness. “I just want people to know, if you’re in a relationship that’s even verbally abusive get out of it because this can happen,” said Destiny Shear. The young mother of three was killed inside of her home on E. 33rd Street in Cleveland around 12 a.m. […]

  • Rally against bullying (9/5/14)

    Parents, children turn hateful prank against teen into message of love

    BAY VILLAGE, Ohio– More than 100 parents, children and other residents from Bay Village and beyond gathered in front of Bay High School,  Friday night before the football game. But they weren’t there to cheer on the Rockets. They joined together to rally behind a boy with autism who was bullied on video. They carried signs and chanted “No hate in Bay, No Hate in Bay” on Wolf Rd. for about an hour. Elizabeth Sweeney, a mother of two, organized […]

  • Caught on tape: Officer disciplined over traffic stop

    SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio- A driver pulled over for speeding said a witness on the other end of his cellphone helped back up his story. Doug Hayslip Jr., 18, never questioned why he was stopped by South Euclid police on August 22. The young man knew he was going fast, because he had just sped up to get around an unsafe driver on Monticello Blvd. But he said during the routine traffic stop, the officer became verbally aggressive and called him […]

  • Remarkable rescue: Man crawls into home to save woman from fire

    LAGRANGE, Ohio– Whether it was good timing or just luck, a local family feels grateful that they were able to rescue their neighbor from her burning home. The Thompsons had just returned to LaGrange from a family camping trip when Ashley Thompson, 20, noticed a car stopped in front of their neighbor’s house on Forest St. in LaGrange. She said a woman in the car was calling 911 and the man was running to the house to help. “So I […]

  • Video: Boy not even old enough to drive leads police on high speed chase

    BAY VILLAGE, Ohio– A 14-year-old boy is arrested after leading police on a high speed chase. Bay Village police say the pursuit started with an attempted traffic stop Saturday at 12:25 a.m. on Wolf Road in front of Bay Square. Dash cam video captured the events as the 2009 Kia failed to stop and then turned onto Dover Center Road. Unbeknownst to officers, the boy was behind the wheel as the car then took off at a high rate of […]

  • (Photo of Hillary Sharma from her friends)

    Search continues in Cuyahoga Valley National Park for missing woman

    PENINSULA, Ohio –Dozens of people searched the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Peninsula Friday for a missing woman. Eastlake police issued a ‘be on the lookout alert’ Thursday night for Hillary Sharma, 30, and now Cuyahoga Valley National Park is requesting the public’s assistance in finding her.   Her car was found at the Boston Store Visitor Center in Peninsula, near the Ohio and Erie Canal. A park ranger said while searching for Hillary in the park, they found some […]

  • Kent State community comforted by athlete’s final tweet after unexpected death

    KENT, Ohio — A Kent State University student-athlete died unexpectedly from what was believed to be an undetermined medical issue, the university said Wednesday. Golden Flashes coaches and players became concerned when Jason Bitsko, 21, didn’t show up for practice Wednesday morning shortly before 9 a.m. Officials say a roommate found Jason unresponsive lying in his bed. “He had passed away overnight,” said Eric Mansfield, KSU spokesperson. ”It was a complete shock that no one saw coming.” Bitsko was a […]