Autumn Ziemba is an Emmy and Associated Press award-winning journalist who joined the Fox 8 team in the summer of 2009 as a general assignment reporter. You can now watch her anchor the weekend edition of Fox 8 News in the Morning with Roosevelt Leftwich.
Autumn is a Hinckley native and graduate of Highland High School.
After graduating with honors from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Autumn entered the world of broadcasting as an anchor for WTAP in Parkersburg, WV. She later went on to anchor and report for WUPW in Toledo, WFMJ in Youngstown and WEWS in Cleveland, before joining the Fox 8 family.
Autumn and her husband, Mark, are the proud parents of two children: 7-year-old Maren and 3-year-old Simon, who happens to be a special needs warrior and cancer survivor.
It was their son’s diagnoses that spawned their advocacy for children with special needs and those fighting pediatric cancers. Autumn serves on the committee for Autism Speaks, and is active with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and St. Baldrick’s Foundation. She is a volunteer with A Special Wish, which supports local families battling pediatric cancer. She and her family are also proud fundraising ambassadors for Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and have helped to raise money for the hospital’s new sensory room.
When she’s not losing her mind as a stay-at-home mom during the week, Autumn loves to get outdoors and shoot still photography, enjoy the Cleveland lakefront and take in a local comedy show.
Autumn has always had a soft spot for animals. She and her family share their home with two shelter cats, Goose and Fig. They hope to add a service dog to the mix soon!
CLEVELAND – Autumn finished up our week of morning show cooking with a yummy recipe for wild rice soup. Those of us working on the show can attest to how good it is! Wild Rice Soup 6 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon minced onion ½ cup flour 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth 2 cups cooked wild rice ½ cup finely shredded carrots 3 tablespoons chopped/slivered almonds ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup half & half (or 1 12-oz can evaporated skim […]
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — A bittersweet day in Cleveland Heights as Brennan’s Colony reopened its doors, three weeks after owner Jim Brennan was shot and killed. Staff members were met with cheers and applause Tuesday afternoon, when they put out the ‘Open’ sign and welcomed their loyal patrons. Many of them knew and loved 61-year-old Brennan. Longtime friend Nathan Paris was first in line. “It’s just hard to believe that, in a way, he’s still part of it, but, not. […]
RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio — When most people hear the term ‘shock therapy,’ they think of archaic images straight out of the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” But in truth, the once-controversial treatment has come a long way in saving lives. A local woman has been struggling to end that stigma. For Lyndhurst native and longtime Cleveland comedian, Deena Nyer Mendlowitz, each day is a small miracle. Her hilarious on-stage persona masks a much darker past, that first […]
CLEVELAND — Would you be willing to vacate your home for a week? What if someone offered you $40,000? Private home rentals could skyrocket in Cleveland, as the Republican National Convention is expected to converge on our city. Hotels are already reserving blocks of rooms for 2016, but local realtors say many travelers prefer to stay in a more home-like setting. “At first, I thought it was a joke.” Remax realtor Roger Scheve is referring to a newly-listed property in […]
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Hundreds gathered Tuesday night to honor the life and legacy of a well-loved restaurant owner who was shot and killed Monday. Community leaders organized a vigil at the corner of Lee and Meadowbrook to remember 61-year-old Brennan’s Colony owner, Jim Brennan. In an overwhelming show of support, Brennan’s Colony employees were greeted with a round of applause as they filed in together, many overcome with emotion. “We all owe Jim so much. He gave all of […]
ROCKY RIVER, Ohio — Two people are now charged after a prostitution bust in a luxury apartment complex. The quiet apartment complex, tucked in the heart of suburban Rocky River turned out to be housing some very unwholesome activity, according to police. Investigators told FOX 8 that fellow residents of the Presidential Luxury Apartments off Wooster Road called police back in May, when they noticed a lot of people coming and going from the back door of a first-floor apartment. […]
AVON LAKE, Ohio–A Lorain County father of two is outraged after he said a popular restaurant served his nine-year-old son alcohol. The father, who asked FOX 8 to conceal his son’s identity, said the child went through an “atrocity” last Thursday at the Crocker Park Cheesecake Factory, where the boy’s mom took him to celebrate his 4th grade graduation. The father told FOX 8 that the child’s mom ordered him a non-alcoholic pina colada. “Halfway through the meal, (my son) […]
GEAUGA COUNTY, Ohio– The superintendent of the Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools was arrested and charged with DUI, according to the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office. Court records show Stephen Thompson was arrested at 2:30, Saturday morning, on Mayfield Rd. He was charged with DUI and failing to maintain a safe distance. The initial call came in as an accident. Court records also show his blood alcohol level was .17; that’s more than twice the legal limit. School Board President Margaret Warner told […]
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio–A major clean-up effort remains under way in Summit County after torrential rains prompted flash flooding Monday night. Amateur video posted to YouTube showed a waterfall cascading down the steps inside city hall in Cuyahoga Falls. The building was closed to the public on Tuesday. Meanwhile, many residents struggled to clean what they could of their flood-damaged homes. In a matter of minutes Monday night, neighbors said Victor Avenue went from a quiet street to a raging river, […]
PARMA, Ohio– He gave up a shot at the NFL draft to stay by his girlfriend’s side while she battled cancer. Tuesday afternoon, an Ashland University lineman and Valley Forge graduate was honored for his commitment both on and off the field. Jamie Meder, 23, received a surprise standing ovation at his alma mater, where Valley Forge coaches and administrators retired Meder’s high school football jersey — a first for the school. “It’s our chance to give back to him,” […]
LORAIN, Ohio– Police are investigating after a pet owner says someone stole her beloved dog right before her very eyes. Fanecia Jackson and her fiance, Delucas Lucas, consider their two Bichon Frise pups part of the family. But Saturday, that family was ripped apart. Jackson told Fox 8 reporter Autumn Ziemba that she was cooking late Saturday night when she let her two-year-old Bichon, “Snowball,” outside in the front yard of her Leavitt Road home to go to the bathroom. […]
CLEVELAND– Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed said the pothole problem in Cleveland is an epidemic. “You’re playing dodgeball right here,” Reed told FOX 8, while watching cars swerve to avoid potholes on Lenacrave Avenue Monday afternoon. Some of the craters appeared to be nearly a foot deep. “Our residents are suffering, and they’re suffering really bad right now. And we need to come to their rescue,” Reed said. “Some residents like these right here, can’t even get out of their […]