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


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    Crews fixing gas leaks at apartment complex after deadly explosion in Medina

    MEDINA, Ohio– Crews are going building to building and apartment to apartment at the Medina Village Apartments Wednesday checking for gas leaks after a deadly fire last week. Medina Fire Chief Robert Painter told FOX 8 News, at around 10 a.m. someone called the fire department about a smell of gas. Columbia Gas was also contacted. According to Painter, gas leaks were found in 6 of the 8 units in one building as well as multiple other units in other buildings. It was […]

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    Northeast Ohio mom who lost daughter hears her little girl’s heart beating in another child

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– A Cleveland mom meets the child who received her daughter’s heart. It happened just in time for Valentine’s Day, which is also National Organ Donation Day. “I always say two beautiful girls, one beating heart,” said Amber Travaglio. Seven-year-old Melody was a healthy, loving little girl who enjoyed playing with her little brother, Vinnie, fostering animals and knitting hats for NICU babies. “She was obsessed with knitting,” said Amber. “She was special.” July 7, 2015, Melody suffered an […]

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    Amazingly life-like baby dolls are way more than just children’s toys

    LORAIN COUNTY, Ohio – Some people call them creepy and others think they are adorable: baby dolls called Reborns that look like real children. “I’ve had people hold them and still didn’t know,“ said stay-at-home mom and artist Rachel Smith, who started the online business called “Bunny Bundles reborns by Rachel.” The dolls, which began as an American-based hobby, have now gone global. The goal is to take vinyl and silicone doll parts and make them look as lifelike as […]

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    Lorain councilman battling graffiti problems in unconventional way

    LORAIN, Ohio – A local councilman comes up with an unconventional approach to stop a mystery graffitist who has tagged about 35 structures across the city of Lorain in recent weeks. The person has spray paint “bombed” public bridges, private businesses, abandoned buildings and even vehicles. Most recently they “hit” the Lorain Boys & Girls Club on Pearl Ave. That’s when Lorain 6th Ward Councilman Angel Arroyo got involved. “At a point I’m like man this is making my neighborhood look […]

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    Snow on snow presents big challenge for crews trying to clear roads

    CLEVELAND – After a very long and challenging day Monday digging out from beneath more than a foot of snow in some places, NE Ohioans were also preparing for another round of potentially heavy snow Tuesday. “It sucks,” said Carla Perrien in downtown Cleveland. “It took me literally about an hour to dig my car out.” Unrelenting bands of lake effect snow made the commute difficult for drivers and challenging for road crews trying to keep up with the it. […]

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    Woman hit, killed walking to work; police search for driver

    CONNEAUT, Ohio– A woman was hit and killed on her way to work Thursday night, and police are searching for the driver involved. According to the Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office, it happened at just after 9:30 p.m. Donna Westerburg, 59, had just left her home in the 200 block of Mill Street to walk to work at a local bakery. As she was walking across the street, she was hit by a vehicle. A witness originally told Conneaut police, she saw […]

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    Local immigration agency reacts to President Trump’s executive order

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Making good on a campaign, President Donald Trump initiates an executive order that would dramatically alter the refugee program in the United States. The changes are in response to safety concerns in the U.S. after multiple terror attacks in France, Germany, Brussels and Turkey. A draft of the possible plan was obtained by the Associated Press Wednesday. It would suspend refugees from all countries for 120 days and indefinitely for people coming from Syria, with safe zones […]

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    Two Lake County communities consider taking action to reduce number of wild cats

    LAKE COUNTY, Ohio– A cat controversy’s growing in two Lake County communities after proposed ordinances banning the feeding of feral cats. City leaders in both Mentor and Kirtland have discussed the issue publicly and introduced bills that would make it illegal to feed homeless and stray cats, after a number of complaints from their respective citizens. At a Jan. 17 council meeting in Mentor, one homeowner held up a stack of veterinary bills claiming his dog has become repeatedly sick […]

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    Vigil held for 5-year-old North Canton girl found dead inside her family’s restaurant

    JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio –  A steady stream of cars and more than 50 people braved a cold, continuous rain Wednesday night to remember 5-year-old Ashley Zhao. They gathered in front of Ang’s Asian Cuisine on Portage Street, NW, the same restaurant where her remains were found Tuesday. “We felt something needed to be said,” said Patrick Jacobs whose group Unforgiven organized the event. “What happens to children is unforgivable that’s why we’re called Unforgiven.” The little girl had been reported […]

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    Mother of 5-year-old North Canton girl charged with murder, father with complicity

    JACKSON TOWNSHIP, OH – The parents of Ashley Zhao are in custody and have been charged in connection with her death. Ashley is the 5-year-old girl who went missing Monday from a Jackson Township restaurant. Her body was later found inside the restaurant “deceased and concealed.” Jackson Township Police report that the 5-year-old’s mother, Ming Ming Chen struck the child’s head “several times with her right fist.” Those injuries resulted in Ashley’s death. After this, her father, Liang Zhao, saw that Ashley had […]

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    Mother picked out of 1,000 people to receive new vehicle for Christmas

    AKRON, Ohio — Many of us wish for a new vehicle for Christmas with a big red bow, just like the commercials. Well, that dream has become a reality for a local struggling mother.  The gift is so substantial, the giver looked at more than 1,000 other possible recipients. Watch Suzanne Stratford’s report above,  for more on the generous and emotional surprise. 

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    Family’s beautiful underwater Christmas surprise brings veteran to tears

    STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — After years of trying to make her father’s wish come true, the daughter of a local veteran gave him an emotional holiday surprise. He served in the Navy during the Korean War but didn’t talk much about his service to his children while they were growing up. And, when he finally did, it gave his daughter an idea: Take her dad’s picture down to the ship he once served on. It sunk off the coast of Pensacola, […]