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Maia Belay is excited to call Cleveland her new home! She joined the Fox 8 News team as a reporter in August 2016.

Maia is an Emmy winner reporter who spent just shy of the past five years investigating stories at WTOL-TV in Toledo, OH. While there she covered the tragic death of two on duty Toledo firefighters killed in an arson, the months long heartbreaking search for a murdered toddler in addition to solving problems and getting answers for frustrated viewers.

Before moving in front of the camera in Toledo Maia did almost every job in the newsroom including running the assignment desk, editing shows, becoming a photographer and even a live truck operator.

Maia graduated cum laude from Bowling Green State University with a BS in Broadcast Journalism. While in school Maia reported for the PBS affiliate WBGU-TV and interned in her hometown of Detroit at WDIV-TV.

Maia is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. In addition to being a “Big Sister,” volunteering her time to make a difference in the lives of children through the organization Big Brothers Big Sisters.

In her spare time Maia enjoys baking, painting, spending time with family and her dog Zoe. Got a good story? Maia wants to hear from you!

Recent Articles
  • Akron mom creates ride sharing business exclusively for children

    AKRON, Ohio — An Akron mom is trying to give popular ride sharing services a run for their money. She’s created Kid Chauffeur Express, a door-to-door transportation service just for children. “It just gives parents the peace of mind that their kids are getting to school on time with the same driver, safe driver every day,” said company founder Sierra Young. Children ages 1-year-old through 17 years old are eligible for the service. The company, founded in October 2017, has […]

  • Stouffer’s gives thousands of free meals to furloughed government workers in NE Ohio

    SOLON, Ohio– On Wednesday, Stouffer’s employees volunteered to stand in the cold to distribute 4,000 meals to help federal government workers as the fourth week of the partial government shutdown shows no signs of coming to an end. Each person that drove up to a large blue tent at the Solon campus was greeted with a smile and four pre-packaged frozen meals. “Each day that goes on it gets tougher,” Ken Simon said. “The reality is, didn’t really set in […]

  • ‘Transmission travesty’: Some worried about FirstEnergy proposal in Aurora

    AURORA, Ohio– A proposed FirstEnergy transmission project aimed at reducing disruptions during power outages is being met with opposition in Aurora due to the location of the line near homes and a historic district. “This is bad because property values are going to be destroyed,” said Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin. “…I call it a transmission travesty. There is no way there will be trees or any kind of foliage that can hide these poles from people’s homes.” A public meeting […]

  • Chardon student pays it forward with Make-A-Wish Foundation dream come true

    CHARDON, Ohio – The Chardon High School Choir is singing a new tune thanks to huge upgrades to the choir room, courtesy of a selfless classmate and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Senior Katy Lessick says she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2016 that forced her to miss nearly two years of school. When she was granted a wish, instead of keeping it for herself, she decided to do something that would improve her school and help future students […]

  • Ohio heart transplant recipient plans to meet donor’s mother

    CLEVELAND – Two young daughters surprised on video by their father at home, can’t stop their tears. Their dad, Kenneth Vogelsong, of Defiance, Ohio, spent eight years fighting a progressive heart disease. It’s the same disease that killed his brother. Vogelsong, 45, said he owes his life to a mother in Iowa, who amid her grief of losing a young son, helped give him a new life through organ donation. He plans to drive his family to Iowa on Friday […]

  • Family marks 103 years delivering gifts to hospice patients on Christmas

    EUCLID, Ohio – Dressed as Santa, Ed Jindra and his family from Lyndhurst are continuing a tradition more than a century old, spreading cheer to hospice patients Christmas morning. “Actually it’s 103 years old,” said Jindra. “Back in 1916 my grandfather and a doctor at the old Saint Alexis hospital down on Broadway Avenue… they were talking one day at lunch and said you know, it would be nice if I visited people in the hospital who are down and […]

  • Sacrifice remembered: Barberton police dedicates memorial to officer killed in the line of duty

    BARBERTON, Ohio – Barberton police officer Vincent Gerek was responding to a burglary in progress on Christmas Eve in 1948 when he was shot and killed. The Barberton Police Department says they have never forgotten his sacrifice. On the 70th anniversary of Gerek’s death, they are unveiling a permanent memorial at the site where he was killed. Gerek was 38-years-old and left behind a wife and daughter. Barberton police officers as well as city leaders were in attendance. The Summit […]

  • Volunteer delivers food to undocumented immigrants impacted by ICE raids

    NORWALK, Ohio- Six months after several of the largest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in recent memory across Northeast Ohio, one volunteer remains steadfast in her efforts to help those left behind. “Anger — these are people, not policy, so it’s just very frustrating amounts of anger,” Bella Sin explained while trying to purchase groceries. Sin arrived at La Plaza Supermarket in Cleveland early and in a rush before work. She was trying to purchase groceries for up to […]

  • Local third-graders work to get seat belts on school buses

    BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Beachwood could become the first in Ohio where the city partners with its school district to fund safer school buses. “It’s great to be the first to do something that will create a safer environment for our children,” said Beachwood City Council Vice President James Pasch. Under proposed legislation, introduced Monday night, the city will pay up to $250,000 to install seat belts on the district’s new school buses replaced over time. Council members approved the funding. […]

  • Mother of Alianna DeFreeze shops for grieving families in honor of daughter

    CLEVELAND – The mother of Alianna DeFreeze says she found renewed strength in giving back to grieving families just hours after the home her 14-year-old daughter was murdered inside was demolished. “It was needed,” Donnesha Cooper said. “It’s just a small sense of closure. It can’t ever replace my little girl… That house doesn’t deserve to stand. It’s just a house of horrors.” Cooper did not witness the demolition of the home Friday, instead choosing to focus on a holiday […]

  • 5-year-old girl battling cancer gifted with a free custom wig

    CLEVELAND – Christmas came early for a family planning to spend the holiday in the hospital. “She’s kept us all in good spirits, this smile, we can’t never get rid of, no matter the pain, the problems,” said Jerymi Mossage with his daughter in his lap. “She keeps us all bright.” Genesis Mossage, 5, has battled nuroblastoma for the past year and, as a result, she lost all her hair. “She’s been through five rounds of chemo, a tumor removal,” […]

  • Youngstown community coming together following deaths of five children in house fire

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio- Counselors will remain at Wilson Elementary School for the week according to the CEO of the Youngstown City School District after a fourth grade student and her four siblings died in a house fire Sunday. “I think we’re going to grieve,” said CEO Krish Mohip. “We need to grieve as a community, grieve as a school district.” America Negron-Acevedo, the mother of all five children killed in the fire, is recovering in the hospital after investigators say she […]