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
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    Suspect targets University Heights pizza shops with counterfeit cash

    UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio– Counterfeit cash has turned up at several businesses in University Heights. Investigators aren’t sure how long the suspect has been spending the funny money, but police were first called on June 21 when the owner of Teresa’s Pizza on South Taylor Road filed a report. George Karavantas said the suspect visited the store several times and seemed to target the younger employees while they were busy. “And he was able to pass it through a teenaged girl who wasn’t […]

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    Ghost stories surround Ohio tavern where U.S. presidents visited

    HANOVERTON, Ohio– Hanoverton, Ohio is a small village in Columbiana County with a storied past and some say many lingering spirits. Founded in the early 1800s by abolitionists, the village helped shape both a young nation and the early Republican Party. “It’s just incredible history,” said David Johnson, owner of the Spread Eagle Tavern & Inn on Plymouth St. in Hanoverton, “This is remarkable; every neighbor on this street has a ghost story.” Also, nearly every home and building on the […]

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    J.R. Smith signs autographs, jokes about wearing a shirt because Obama told him to

    NORTH RANDALL, Ohio – The party continues for Cleveland Cavaliers fans and players. Hundreds of people lined up early and waited several hours in North Randall at Beckham’s B&M BBQ to see J.R. Smith. And when Smith didn’t arrive at 5:30 p.m. as scheduled some became worried. “I got nervous,” said RJ Haddad, from Parma, “I didn’t think he was gonna come.” But number 5 arrived about an hour and half later with a police escort. The Cavs forward and guard […]

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    RNC human trafficking dangers

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Republican National Convention is expected to draw more than 50,000 visitors to Cleveland. Both city leaders and businesses are expecting a financial boom, but all of the cash and crowds are also expected to attract some extremely unsavory criminals. Human trafficking occurs in all 50 states, including Ohio, but historically spikes in cities hosting large scale events. “It’s all about money,” said Renee Jones, with the non-profit Renee Jones Empowerment Center; helping rescue and rehabilitate sex […]

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    Local vigil brings out emotions as Clevelanders honor Orlando shooting victims

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Memorial Unity Walk drew more than 100 people to Cleveland’s west side Monday night. The LGBT Cleveland Community Center quickly organized the event in honor of those affected by the terrorist attack in Orlando after numerous calls to the center. “Because people really want to gather and they want to stand in solidarity with Orlando,” said Phyllis Harris, Executive Director LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. The walk started around 7:30 p.m. at the center at […]

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    Cleveland residents come together at vigil for Orlando nightclub shooting victims

    CLEVELAND – The American flag and an LGBT rainbow flag were lowered to half staff over Cleveland City Hall Sunday to honor the 50 victims in the Orlando nightclub massacre; and show support for the local LGBT community. “That means a lot,” said Jacob Nash, a LGBT Community Activist & Leader. Nash and about 100 people gathered in Willard Park right next door to city hall, near the symbolic Free Stamp sculpture for a vigil Sunday night. According to Nash, […]

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    ‘I feel like I’m a prisoner:’ Woman worried for her safety after deer keeps trying to attack her

    MENTOR-ON-THE-LAKE – A Mentor-on-the-Lake woman barely escapes serious injury after a deer goes on the attack. Cindy Frost first noticed the doe and her baby fawn on her Salida Road property about two weeks ago. Since then she says, she has tried to steer clear of the animals, but the mama deer won’t leave Cindy alone. “I feel like I’m a prisoner,” said Cindy, “I can’t take my dogs out for a walk; I can’t even walk down to the […]

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    Stay out of the water: rip currents spur rare beach hazard warnings in northeast Ohio

    GRAND RIVER, Ohio –  The U.S. Coast Guard is ready and watching the weather closely. It’s all because the National Weather Service issued a rare, widespread “Beach Hazard Statement” Tuesday.  The warning is effective until Wednesday night and warns of possible “rip currents” across the entire north coast from Lorain County, across Ohio to Northern Erie County, PA and into New York State. According to the NWS, a combination of large waves and rip currents will create “life-threatening conditions even for good […]

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    Family searching for answers after Ohio man killed on vacation in South Carolina

    NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina– A family is looking for answers after their loved one was shot and killed while on vacation in South Carolina on Memorial Day. Ben Shank told FOX 8’s Suzanne Stratford that his brother, Barri Shank, 35, and Barri’s wife had just checked into the hotel in North Charleston when something horrific happened. Barri was outside with the couple’s dogs at around 11 p.m. When his wife, Nicole, came outside just a few minutes later, she found him […]

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    Akron man wanted for shooting, killing dog

    AKRON, Ohio– Police are looking for a man who they say shot and killed a dog in Akron Sunday morning. The dog’s owner, who asked only to be identified by his first name, Tim, said, he was walking 7-year-old Flake at West Waterloo Road and Edwin Ave. around 11 a.m. when something went terribly wrong. “He had the weapon out so fast I couldn’t get in the way or nothing,” said Tim, “It was bad.” The Australian Cattle Dog and Akita mix […]

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    Authorities in Trumbull County no longer assisting with security during RNC

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– Another law enforcement agency won’t be coming to Cleveland to assist with security during the Republican National Convention. In recent weeks a number of departments confirmed that they won’t be sending officers including Cincinnati, Houston, Chicago, Boston and Baltimore; to name a few. The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office was sending support but has now withdrawn the mounted unit and marine patrol. Friday, Sheriff Thomas Altiere told Fox 8 News I-Team reporter Peggy Gallek, “Prosecutor reviewed the contract and determined […]

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    VIDEO: Victim’s father attacks serial killer Michael Madison during sentencing

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office is looking into whether or not to file charges against the father of one of the women killed by Michael Madison. Van Terry, father of Shirellda Terry, jumped on Madison during the sentencing Thursday afternoon. Van Terry was one of the family members who chose to speak after the judge sentenced Madison to death for killing his daughter and two other women. Terry said,”I guess we are supposed to find it in our hearts to […]