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Kevin serves as a general assignment reporter for Fox 8 News. He has been with the station since October 1997.
“Breaking news” is Kevin’s passion. He strives to present viewers with important information as quickly and accurately as possible.
Kevin Freeman’s assignments have allowed him to cover many major news stories in Northeast Ohio and nationwide. On Sept. 11, 2001, Kevin was sent to Shanksville, Pa., where he spent the week covering the crash of United Flight 93 during the 2001 terrorist attacks. He also covered the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia over Texas in February 2003. In 2005, Kevin went to Houston to cover the influx of Hurricane Katrina evacuees.
Kevin also covered the murders of eleven women, whose bodies were found in and around the home of Anthony Sowell on Imperial Avenue in 2009. He also reported on Sowell’s trial, which lead to a death sentence.
The most memorable story of his career occurred on May 6, 2013. Kevin was one of the first reporters to arrive on Cleveland’s Seymour Avenue to report the rescue of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
He also covered the sentencing hearing for their captor, Ariel Castro, and his suicide in prison.
Kevin won a regional Emmy for his live coverage of a tornado that devastated Stark County in April 2002. He has also been awarded an Associated Press Award, and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Prior to joining Fox 8, Kevin was a news anchor/reporter for WRIC-TV in Richmond, Va., from 1992-97. Before that, he worked as a news reporter for WSJV-TV in South Bend, Ind., from 1990-92.
Kevin, who grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Towson State University in 1989. He enjoys drama and suspense movies, loves to travel, spend time with family and friends and play with his dog, Redd.

Recent Articles
  • Family says they will ‘get justice’ for woman shot, killed while walking dog in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND — Family of Sheila Wallace, the woman who was shot and killed while walking her dog in Cleveland Thursday night, says they will get justice for her. Wallace’s daughter told FOX 8, “She was our rock, an incredible mom to not only us, her kids, but to so many more. We are inconsolable at the moment. And we will get justice for her. The only comfort we have is knowing she loved Jesus and that she’s okay where she […]

  • Package thieves still at work in Tremont neighborhood

    CLEVELAND — The holidays are over, but it appears package thieves are still hard at work in Northeast Ohio.  Cleveland police are asking for the public’s help after a rash of thefts in the city’s Tremont neighborhood. “You can kind of see him walking back and forth, he stands over here for a little bit,” said Kristen Jennings, describing a man seen in surveillance video. Jennings said around 5:30 p.m. on January 4, her doorbell surveillance camera captured a man stealing […]

  • ‘You took my son, a father, a brother’: Remembering youth football coach shot at Cleveland gas station

    CLEVELAND — Family, friends and young players gathered Wednesday night to remember a youth football coach. Deon Taylor, 35, of Euclid was killed early Saturday morning during an altercation at a Cleveland gas station. “You took my son, a father, a brother and a friend for a lot of people,” said Deon’s mother, Diane Taylor. “Why did you do that to my daddy? ‘Cause my dad didn’t have anything to do with you. He was a great father, a great […]

  • Government shutdown: Air traffic controllers pleading for an agreement

    CLEVELAND- As the government shutdown heads into its 24th day, air traffic controllers are pleading for both sides in the battle to come to an agreement. Tuesday, they will begin greeting passengers at airports nationwide, including Cleveland Hopkins International. “Air traffic control is stressful enough and now you got guys working busy sessions and worrying about where the next paycheck is, instead of focusing strictly on traffic,” said William Gentry, president of the Air Traffic Controllers Association in Cleveland. He […]

  • Cleveland firefighter issued same badge number as father, Wayne Leon, who was killed in the line of duty

    CLEVELAND — Nineteen cadets from the 34th Fire Training Academy Class took the oath of office in Cleveland on Friday. According to a release, the new firefighters will serve in neighborhoods throughout Cleveland in an effort to improve service to residents. One of the new firefighters is Justin Leon, who is the son of Wayne Leon, the Cleveland police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2000. “I’ve always wanted to do something to help […]

  • Family of teenager shot, killed in Maple Heights looking for justice

    MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — Maple Heights police say they are looking for several suspects who opened gunfire on a teen, killing him. They are also looking for a car that could be related to the crime. Ja’Von Anderson Crump, 17,  of Cleveland, answered a knock at the door, but when he opened it, someone with a gun opened fire, killing him. The teenager’s family is looking for justice, while police search for suspects. “Every time he leave the house, he would say, […]

  • Local prison employees continue to work without pay during shutdown

    The partial government shutdown is closing in on the two-week mark with no end in sight. That is discouraging news for the thousands of federal workers who are working without a paycheck. “A lot of the citizens of the United States are looking to see, ‘Well, who’s gonna win or lose,’ but there is one entity in this that people forget that loses either way, and that’s us,” said Joseph Mayle. Mayle is a corrections officer at the Elkton Federal […]

  • Good Samaritans honored after saving lives of Maple Heights woman, three-year-old daughter

    MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — Two young cousins who are credited with saving the life of a mother and her three-year-old daughter were honored Wednesday night at the Maple Heights City Council Meeting. “Just so thankful that they was my Guardian Angels and just stopped and helped me and my daughter,” said LaTonya Perry. For the first time, Perry met the two young men who she said helped save her life and the life of her three-year-old daughter, Aaliyah. The emotional reunion […]

  • Family prays for miracle after son’s suicide attempt at Cuyahoga County Jail

    CLEVELAND– A Cuyahoga County Jail inmate is in critical condition after trying to commit suicide inside the troubled facility. His parents are speaking out, wanting to know how it could have happened. The parents of Brenden Kiekisz, 27, said they are praying for miracle, but doctors told them the outlook for their son’s survival does not look good. “I had a sheriff knocking on my door 2 in the morning that he was unresponsive, and I get to the hospital […]

  • ‘I know she’s proud’: Father reacts as bill named for murdered teen moves closer to law

    COLUMBUS, Ohio– A proposed law named in honor of a Cleveland teenager murdered on her way to school is headed to the Gov. John Kasich’s desk to be signed into law. The Ohio House of Representatives approved Alianna’s Alert. On Thursday, by a vote of 85 to 4, legislators passed the measure, which requires Ohio schools to call parents within two hours of the start of the school day, if their child has not shown up for class. The provision […]

  • Maple Heights woman thanks good Samaritans who helped save her life

    MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio– Two cousins were driving down the street and stopped when something unusual caught their eyes. Maple Heights police said their decision to stop may have saved the lives of a mother and her 3-year-old daughter. “I’m blessed, God is so good. You saved my life,” said Latonya Perry, 42, during a phone call to one of the good Samaritans. “I’m just glad I was just able to recognize the situation and be a blessing to your life,” […]

  • Christmas tree in Wooster honors first responders who lost their lives this year

    WOOSTER, Ohio– The tree in the lobby of the City of Wooster Safety Center honors first responders who are no longer with their families this holiday season. They all died heroes, putting their lives on the line while trying to save others. “Since this is a combined building with police and fire, I thought it would be neat to put together a memorial tree with fallen firefighters as well as police officers,” said Wooster Officer April Teichmer. Teichmer, whose husband […]