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
  • Perseverance helps local business beat odds, rebuild after storm

    CHESTERLAND, Ohio — A popular business that was heavily damaged by bad weather has reopened in Chesterland. Red, Wine and Brew located at 8099 Mayfield Road sustained significant damage March 1 when torrential rain and 55 mph winds rolled through Northeast Ohio. The entire roof was blown off of the building destabilizing the infrastructure. The ceiling collapsed, and rain poured in destroying everything from coolers to their extensive wine and beer inventory. “I was probably in shock the next 2 […]

  • Top college football recruit criticized for wearing controversial t-shirt

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — One of the top collegiate football recruits for the class of 2018, Tyreke Smith, has come under fire for a t-shirt he wore during camp at the Ohio State University. “I knew there was going to be backlash for me,” said Tyreke. “The shirt’s pretty harsh.” The shirt reads, “I hope I don’t get killed for being black today.” Pictures of it immediately went viral and drew a strong response on social media sites with some people […]

  • Brain-eating amoeba concerns: prevention is the key, says local doctor

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – A warning from doctors about a rare, but extremely deadly, microscopic, single-celled killer that lives in water waiting to attack. Over the last five decades only handful of people exposed to the Naegleria Fowleri amoeba survived. Last summer 18-year-old Lauren Seitz, from central Ohio, passed away days after picking up the amoeba at the US National Whitewater Center in North Carolina. Her family recently sued the park, which was drained, sanitized and reopened to the public. But […]

  • Ahoy! Cruise ship docks at Port of Cleveland as part of luxury Great Lakes tour

    CLEVELAND – Clevelanders are used to the sight of small pleasure boats and big freighters on Lake Erie, but on Tuesday, the Port of Cleveland welcomed a new kind of ship that hasn’t been seen here for years. The Victory 1, one of the Victory Cruise Lines luxury cruise ships, has 105 rooms and carries  about 200 passengers. Cleveland is one of 8 cities the ship is visiting on this cruise which begins in Toronto and ends in Chicago. The economic […]

  • Suspect injured in Akron officer-involved shooting

    AKRON, Ohio – An Akron police officer was involved in a shooting at Van Everett Avenue and Bittaker Street Monday afternoon. According to Lt. Rick Edwards, Public Information Officer for  the Akron Police, a 23-year-old male was driving a rental car when police observed him making several traffic violations. When they tried to pull him over, the driver took off in the car toward McKinley Avenue. He stopped the car there and ran from the scene. At one point as […]

  • Heartbreaking student deaths: Kent State University speaks out about recent tragedies

    KENT, Ohio– Multiple tragedies involving Kent State University students have devastated the entire campus and community at large. Four students have tragically died within a few short weeks, with three passing away in under a week. Myka Gray, 18, was killed in a car crash on Wednesday, May 24. Taylor Pifer, 21, was found murdered with her sister and mother on Sunday, June 11. Tyler Heintz, 19, collapsed during Golden Flashes football conditioning on Tuesday, June 13. James Stockdale, 21, […]

  • Rittman baseball teams dedicate game, and love, to grandma battling cancer

    WAYNE COUNTY, Ohio – Rittman youth baseball players showed that their sport is much more than a game. The 7- and 8-year-olds on opposing teams joined together to surprise one of the boys’ grandmother, who was recently diagnosed with extremely rare “Pleomorphic” breast cancer. “When I found out my heart dropped,” said Lisa Schimpf, head coach of the Red Team. “She’s just an awesome woman, she’s at every practice and every game.” Even after getting the diagnosis and undergoing two […]

  • Good Samaritans save elderly woman from Lorain house fire

    LORAIN, Ohio – Several good Samaritans risked their own lives to save an elderly woman who was trapped inside a Lorain duplex. Joshua Ellis and Ben Hogan happened to be driving down Elyria Avnue Monday morning around 11:50 am when they noticed the upper level of a split home was engulfed in flames. Witnesses say a woman, later identified as 77-year-old Ramona Otero, was hanging out of a front window calling for help. A man named Felix Ortiz was trying […]

  • What parents need to know and look out for to prevent ‘dry drowning’

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– A warning from doctors and a grieving family about the dangers of “dry” and “delayed drowning” after a preschooler died in Harris County, Texas. Four-year-old Frankie Delgado passed away suddenly, within several days of swimming with his family in the Texas City Dike. “Out of nowhere he woke up and he said ‘ah’ and he took his last breath,“ said the boy’s father, Frank Delgado, Jr. Doctors told the Delgados Frankie died from “dry drowning;” something they’d never […]

  • Second Akron 1-year-old overdoses on opioids

    AKRON, Ohio – For the second time in less than a week, a one-year-old has overdosed on an opioid in Akron, and police say he’s the fourth child to overdose since the beginning of the year. “This is just a tragedy,” said police Lt. Rick Edwards. “We had a 2-year-old a 6-year-old and now this is the second one-year-old in a week.” An Akron mother told police that her little boy was playing in the yard Tuesday night with his […]

  • ODNR announces 66-count indictment in deer poaching ring

    ​ CLEVELAND —  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday announced a 66-count indictment against a group accused of poaching deer. Hundreds of animals were illegally killed, resulting in nearly 3,000 pounds of deer meat, netting thousands of dollars in profit. Prosecutors say John Zayac, 70, of Broadview Heights, ran the deer poaching ring with seven others in Cuyahoga County. Thirty-nine deer were killed; twenty-two were bucks. The deer were processed into meat and sold. Officials said the poacher ignored […]

  • Teacher posts positive signs outside LeBron’s Akron home: ‘I hope that speaks louder than the ignorance’

    SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio – An Akron middle school teacher was so upset and appalled by racist graffiti sprayed on Lebron James’ California home that she decided to do something positive. Jennifer Pennington was horrified while watching the news reports and hearing the pain in James’ voice as he discussed the vile graffiti and the difficulty being so far from his children during such a difficult time. “I was sick to my stomach,” said Jennifer, who is a new mom herself. […]