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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

Recent Articles
  • Children hold lemonade stand to raise money for their uncle’s funeral

    PARMA, Ohio – A simple summer tradition has become a cathartic team effort for four young cousins in Parma. The children were planning on holding a lemonade stand for this week when their uncle suddenly passed away Monday. **Click here for a GoFundMe page for the family** 45-year-old Julio Dumeng was recently diagnosed with advanced, undetected stomach cancer and given a year to live but a short few weeks later succumbed to the disease. Immediately the heartbroken children, decided to hold […]

  • Cory Friedman (Photo courtesy: Richfield Police Department)

    Richfield wedding planner arrested, accused of scamming customers

    RICHFIELD, Ohio- A man who ran a wedding-planning business is under arrest and facing charges. Cory Friedman, 31, of Twinsburg, operated Simply Elegant Weddings in Richfield, until the business closed suddenly in April, police said. “The investigation was begun after multiple complaints were received from victims regarding Friedman accepting monies from clients for wedding and party services, but never providing the services,” the Richfield Police Department said. Friedman surrendered himself to police Tuesday morning and was booked into the Summit […]

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    Update: two victims from Ada Avenue triple homicide identified

    CLEVELAND – Two of the victims from a triple homicide on Ada Avenue in Cleveland have been identified. Police found the bodies of 26-year-old K’yara Artis, 76-year-old Melvin Johnson and one other person after concerned residents called Cleveland police Friday and asked them to perform a welfare check on their neighbors who hadn’t been seen in a couple of days. Police are currently searching for a 2007 Red Chevy Tahoe with the license plate ER70VY in connection with the murders. Anyone […]

  • Friends, family searching for answers after three people are murdered in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND- Three people were found murdered after concerned residents called Cleveland police Friday and asked them to perform a welfare check on their neighbors; who hadn’t been seen in a couple of days. Police are currently searching for a 2007 Red Chevy Tahoe with the license plate ER70VY in connection with the murders. Anyone with information should contact Cleveland police at 216-623-5618. When officers arrived to Ada Avenue, they say there were no overt signs of a forced entry, but inside the […]

  • Three people were found dead on Ada Avenue in Cleveland on July 17. (Photo: Suzanne Stratford/Fox 8 News)

    Three dead from gunshot wounds on Cleveland’s east side

    CLEVELAND- Concerned neighbors called Cleveland police to check on their neighbors who they hadn’t seen in a couple days. Inside of the Ada Avenue home, police found three people dead from apparent gunshot wounds Friday afternoon. Cleveland police said a woman, thought to be in her late 40s, was located downstairs in the house. Another woman in her late 20s and a man were found upstairs. Investigators aren’t sure about the man’s age, but a team of homicide detectives and […]

  • ‘This is one of the worst storms I’ve seen': Geauga County dealing with worst flooding in years

    CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio– An intense pop-up thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon that brought torrential rain and hail to Northeast Ohio caused some of the worst flash flooding since 1994 in parts of Geauga County. At least two inches of rain fell in less than an hour, turning creeks into raging rivers and yards into little lakes. The rushing, rising waters caused multiple streets to be closed to traffic across Chagrin Falls until late into the evening. “It’s just amazing because it all […]

  • Bizarre teen arrest could be key to solving string of burglaries in local communities

    WESTLAKE, Ohio– Investigators in several Cleveland west side suburbs now think that two teenagers caught last week, one hiding in a doghouse, might be responsible for a string of burglaries in multiple communities. The 16 and 17-year-old were arrested after Westlake police say they attempted to break into a house on Park Place Friday morning. A neighbor reported it. The suspects ran off and left behind a Honda CRX which is now confirmed as having been reported stolen out of […]

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    Ohio Turnpike warning E-ZPass customers about email phishing scam

    BEREA, Ohio — A warning has been issued for all Ohio E-ZPass customers and the public. The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission announced Wednesday that criminals are posing as turnpike employees and asking for money. “This is a classic phishing scam, because both E-ZPass customers and non-customers are being targeted,” said OTIC Interim Director Robin Carlin. More than 150,000 people use the electronic tolling system in Ohio, because it offers a discounted rate on tolls with no stopping at the […]

  • Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance leader, former Browns wide receiver Reggie Rucker under federal investigation

    CLEVELAND – Published reports claim Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance leader and former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Reggie Rucker is under federal investigation for the handling of grant of money provided to the organization by the Cleveland Foundation. Fox 8 spoke to Rucker over the phone Friday afternoon. Rucker said he is aware of the published reports, adding he is quote “fully transparent” and cooperating with anyone looking into his handling of grant money. Meantime, attorney Michael Hennenberg confirmed he is representing […]

  • Summit County Prosecutor asking public to help keep rapist behind bars

    SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio – The Summit County Prosecutor’s Office is pleading with the public for their help in keeping a violent offender behind bars. Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh says, they’ve been reaching out to the community for months in a number of ways including social media sites like Facebook, because they feel 57-year-old John Burkey would pose a serious threat to society if he is released on parole. “He is very violent, he is very dangerous and for that […]

  • Controversy after selection panel announced for new Community Police Commission in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– Mayor Frank Jackson says it’s the next step toward reforming the Cleveland Police Department, as part of the consent decree signed by the city after a scathing report by the U.S. Department of Justice. Tuesday, the mayor and U.S. Attorney Steven Dettlebach introduced an 11-person panel that will be responsible for selecting 10 people to be appointed to the new City of Cleveland Community Police Commission. The commission will report to the police chief and city leaders and […]

  • Dog reunited with owners after it was injured during Alliance home invasion

    ALLIANCE, Ohio – Two men are behind bars at the Stark County Jail after a violent home invasion, high speed police chase and vicious assault on the family’s dog. Alliance police arrested Kameren Naugle, 19, and Joseph Avilucea, 18, and charged them with numerous crimes including kidnapping, robbery, burglary, animal abuse, fleeing and eluding. Police said the men broke into an Alliance home Wednesday morning and threatened the family with a .40 caliber handgun, demanding cellphones, money, jewelry and prescription […]