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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
  • Reaction to petition asking for federal school bus stop safety law

    WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — The lack of a federal school bus stop safety law is driving a new White House petition. It comes just weeks after five children were killed within days of one another in crashes near bus stops across the country. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 4,000 people signed a WhiteHouse.gov petition pushing for federal legislation with harsh penalties for drivers who fail to stop for buses. The proposed penalties include a 90-day driver’s license suspension, 30 days […]

  • Kourageous Keith’s dying wish: Child battling cancer escorts mother down aisle

    STOW, Ohio – Weddings are a time of great joy but for one Stow family the celebration was bittersweet. “He said, ‘Well momma I would like to walk you down the aisle before I die,’ and then I was like you know what we’re making it happen,” said Taylore Woodard. A rare cancer returned for a fourth time, only this time it spread across her 12-year-old son Keith Burkett’s frail body. In home hospice for weeks, Keith’s family leaped at […]

  • Euclid, Strongsville and Parma school districts respond to levy rejection

    PARMA, Ohio – Across Northeast Ohio, voters delivered crushing blows to school levies on the ballot. The latest defeat even more worrisome for Parma City School District, already under state-sanctioned fiscal caution. “Our budget is balanced for the next three years,” said superintendent Charles Smialek. “Our point to the community was yes, you can balance a budget but at what cost?” Smialek says he was surprised the district’s 4.5 mill school levy failed to pass. It would have cost the […]

  • Ravenna nativity display will not return after series of complaints

    RAVENNA, Ohio– It’s not yet Thanksgiving, but a Portage County mayor is already discussing Christmas and his decision to end a controversial nativity scene displayed last year. Ravenna Mayor Frank Seman said in 2017 he agreed to allow a local woman, who asked not to be identified, display her nativity scene near the Portage County Courthouse. The nativity was placed on land owned by the city. While many residents enjoyed the nativity display, others saw it as a conflict between […]

  • Case Western students voice safety concern after undergraduate shot near campus

    CLEVELAND – According to court records, 19-year-old Javon Williams was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery in connection to the weekend shooting of a Case Western Reserve University student near campus. Williams was arrested shortly after hiding in a ditch with another suspect who investigators say exchanged gunfire with four officers. University Circle police say a second suspect was shot by officers. Monday, students voiced concern about their safety, especially near fraternity house Phi Delta Theta, where the student victim […]

  • UPDATE: Police say teen not sickened by tainted candy

    LORAIN, Ohio– Lorain police say an illness that left a teen hospitalized on Halloween was not a result of tainted candy. A Lorain woman reported that her teenage son ingested tainted Halloween candy Wednesday night when the 15-year-old boy and his friends were trick-or-treating on the city’s east side. The teen said he couldn’t remember exactly where he was when it happened or if the sucker he allegedly consumed was already opened. He said his tongue and then his body […]

  • NFL’s Kareem Hunt, mother, surprise alma mater with free game day tickets

    WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – The Sunday showdown between the Browns and Kansas City Chiefs just got more competitive thanks to NFL rising superstar and Northeast Ohio native Kareem Hunt and a surprise delivery by his mother. “Kareem is blessed to be able to give back to the community, for God blessing him with his gift,” said Stephanie Riggins, Hunt’s mother, “I just feel it is something we should do to kids to show them they can accomplish any dream they want as […]

  • Casting for Recovery: Ohio breast cancer survivors bond at special retreat

    Every year, women across the state are chosen to take part in a special retreat in Ohio. The goal is to help them heal and thrive after surviving moments they never imagined possible. FOX 8 News photojournalist Ali Ghanbari and FOX 8 News reporter Maia Belay have the incredible story of women bonding over breast cancer. Read more on the Casting for Recovery program, here.

  • Dick Goddard working to amend law to save more pets

    CLEVELAND – A law that allows a good Samaritan to break into hot vehicles to rescue children and pets may soon be expanded thanks to the efforts of FOX 8’s own Dick Goddard. “Having the support from Dick Goddard, and Kimberly was amazing; that right there showed that. It made me feel and realize that I did actually do the right thing,” said Hill. In July, Richard Hill says he used a hammer to break a car window in a […]

  • Thousands of Willoughby-Eastlake students practice ALICE training

    WILLOWICK, Ohio– When there are only seconds to make an escape every move matters. It’s the lesson more than 8,000 Willoughby-Eastlake students learned Monday during the district’s active shooter response training. “We see a lot of scary things that happen in our world,” said teacher Joelle Geiger to her classroom of students. Students got a dose of a harsh truth: School shootings can happen anywhere, anytime. That fact, the reason school staff and first responders say they want to make […]

  • Officer from other police department steps in for retired officer’s funeral

    NORTHFIELD, Ohio – Controversy now surrounds the memorial service of a retired Sagamore Hills Police Sergeant, Christian Krettler, 62, who recently died of cancer. “He served our country, our country,” said his sister-in-law Renell Noack before pointing to an American flag in her yard. “This is what passion is for me. I mean he put his life on the line everyday so that we could be safe. You never knew if he was coming home.” Noack said she is upset […]

  • Unique Lorain funeral packs powerful message for youth

    LORAIN – Thursday a Lorain County family had the heartbreaking task of burying their son.. Those who loved 20-year-old Zachary Mason, Sr. most made sure his death was not in vain. Instead of the typical funeral, the goal of this one at God’s Kingdom Church in Lorain was to inspire, uplift and educate. Military recruiters from the U.S. Air Force, Navy and ARMY were present along with local business owners and a representative from a community college. “To the youth […]