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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
  • Experts warning people and pets to be cautious of ticks this summer

    CONCORD, Ohio – A surge in the tick population across Northeast Ohio has experts warning both people and their pets to be extra careful this year. Dr. Joel Percival, at Big Creek Veterinary Hospital in Concord says 15 years ago they might have seen one pet all summer exposed to a tick, but now they see multiple animals or more each week. “They weren’t too bad for a long time,” said Dr. Percival. “But there’s a lot more wildlife around […]

  • ‘It’s changed his life': Cavaliers ball boy is amazing experience for 19-year-old

    As the Cavaliers try to sweep the series, a local young man, who is defying the odds and overcoming developmental challenges, will be right here with him! Suzanne Stratford introduces you to Romero Banks in the video above.

  • Two men rescued from water at Wildwood Park in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND– Two men were rescued from the water at Wildwood Park in Cleveland Monday night. According to Cleveland Assistant Fire Chief Timothy O’Toole, a call of two men in distress in the lake came in just before 8 p.m. One was clinging to the break wall; the other was in open water. The Coast Guard pulled both men out of the water. Both were taken to Hillcrest Hospital. The Coast Guard said the men reportedly jumped from a fishing pier […]

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    Several people arrested near East 4th in Cleveland during protests

    CLEVELAND – Protests have moved throughout Cleveland since the not guilty verdict was read Saturday morning in the trial of Michael Brelo. According to Cleveland police, one male was arrested for assault after he threw an object through window of the Harry Buffalo restaurant near Progressive Field.  One female patron was injured. Police also said three people were arrested in an incident on East 4th for aggravated riot, felonious assault and obstructing justice. There were also several arrests on East 4th due to […]

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    Local father surprises his daughter with special wedding dance

    AKRON, Ohio – A local father surprised his daughter with a special wedding dance and now video from that night has gone viral. Jim Mickunas says, his phone has been ringing off the hook since he posted the home video on YouTube for family and friends. “This is unbelievable, too surreal, I never imagine anything like this,” said Mickunas. Planning for the unique twist to that wedding day tradition had been underway for about a year leading up to Saturday’s […]

  • Driver escapes disaster when brick thrown from an overpass rips his roof

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – A driver narrowly escapes being hit in the head by a brick thrown off of an overpass Thursday. John Sines was heading home around 6 PM Wednesday on I-480 westbound. Everything was normal until he reached the State Rd overpass. “And all the sudden, there’s a loud bang,” said John, “a really loud bang.” There was also a large hole in his Jeep canvas top above his head. He wondered what happened, but couldn’t stop in the […]

  • Residents worry as six accidents occur within three days near Elyria construction zone

    ELYRIA, Ohio – A work zone has turned into a danger zone for drivers. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning people after half a dozen accidents occurred at the same location within three days. “The problem is definitely the continuous changing nature of this work zone right now,” said Sgt. Timmothy Hoffman. State Route 57 is always a high traffic area and normally averages 1-2 crashes per week, but between May 13th and May 16th those numbers skyrocketed in […]

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    Convicted sex offender accused of peeping in windows on Cleveland’s east side

    CLEVELAND- A convicted sex offender now has been charged with voyeurism for peeping into a bedroom window and mimicking a sex act. Cleveland sex crimes investigators have charged 58-year-old Michael Grant. Court records show the incident happened on Remington Avenue on the city’s east side. Police said people inside the house saw Grant, ran out, and found him with his pants unzipped. “It’s a shame people go through such deep depths just to (pause) to do….I don’t even know what […]

  • Canton auxiliary officer robbed, beaten

    CANTON, Ohio– Canton police are investigating the savage assault and robbery of one of their own. Auxiliary Canton police officer, 27-year-old Brian Dazey, was walking home from a shopping complex around midnight Saturday, which is less than a mile from his house, when a group of unknown attackers jumped him near 11th Street and Concord Ave SW. The robbers got away with only a cell phone, some food items from the store, a SIM card and about 12 bucks. Monday, […]

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    Southwest Airlines to cancel several direct flights out of Akron-Canton Airport this fall

    GREEN, Ohio– Major changes are coming to the Akron-Canton Airport that will impact both employees and passengers. On Thursday, CAK Senior Vice President Kristie Van Auken confirmed that Southwest Airlines is cancelling some direct flights beginning in the fall of 2015. The announcement comes a year after Southwest first started flying to some of the locations from CAK. The non-stops being dropped by Southwest include: New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and Denver; which is being moved to Cleveland Hopkins International. […]

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    Video: Woman terrified of clowns faces her biggest fear

    Do you like clowns, or are you one of a growing number of people terrified of them? Our cameras were there as a frightened local woman went through clown desensitizing therapy. Watch Suzanne Stratford’s report above.

  • Local family mourning the loss of 6-year-old boy who died of an asthma attack

    VERMILION, Ohio – The Vermilion community is mourning the death of 6-year-old Xander Cormier, who died after suffering an asthma attack. His family thinks pollen may be to blame. Xander was a kindergartner at Vermilion Elementary School who loved reading and science experiments, and, more than anything, his family said Xander loved superheroes. The school held “superhero day” Tuesday in Xander’s honor. Students and staff wore superhero clothing. Xander had just arrived home from the school bus stop Thursday when […]