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!
ALLIANCE, Ohio (WJW)– Pushing through the pain of school bullying, JeNoah Lee, 14, created a company aimed at spreading positivity through clothing. “My clothing line is called Urban Stereotype,” explained Lee. “It is a clothing brand that supports cultural and ethnic diversity. I’m actually wearing one of our most popular designs, love yourself.” It’s by loving himself, Lee says he found the courage to design. Lee, who enjoys expressing his artistic ability, says he was bullied at school because of […]
CLEVELAND (WJW)-One of the remaining Tuskegee Airmen has died. Roy Richardson, 90, died peacefully at home in Oakwood Tuesday according to his daughter Stacey Richardson. The elite group of black men and women was founded in 1941. It produced nearly 1,000 aviators, America’s first black military pilots along with thousands of military support roles. Fox 8 was invited to Mr. Richardson’s home earlier this year for a profile on his contributions to the country during a historic turning point in […]
BEACH CITY, Ohio (WJW) — A Stark County teen is grabbing the attention of NFL players requesting custom football cleat designs. Fairless High School senior Jory Oakleaf, 17, launched his business about a year and a half ago called J’s Custom Kicks. Oakleaf creates designs by painting and airbrushing shoes and cleats inside his Beach City home. “I kind of stumbled upon it on YouTube really, sneaker restoration. So I started with that, restoring old shoes, but then I realized […]
EUCLID, Ohio (WJW)– Firefighters responded to Euclid High School on Wednesday for a fire in a restroom. The Euclid Fire Department said toilet paper was set on fire in a third-floor restroom. It happened after dismissal, but there were still students and teachers in the building for after-school activities. No one was injured. Christopher Papouras, interim superintendent, said the fire was initially put out with an extinguisher by a “quick thinking” staff member at the high school. The building was […]
EUCLID, Ohio (WJW) — Euclid School Resource Officer Steve Shubert confirmed to the FOX 8 I-Team that police have interviewed the teen believed to have made a threat that led to the closing of Euclid High School on Tuesday. Officer Shubert said the teen told officials he was joking around and did not mean to threaten anyone. Euclid police said a student was talking to another when a “tongue and cheek” comment was made about a school shooting that was […]
BEACHWOOD, Ohio (WJW) — As the holiday season kicks into high gear, millions of Black Friday shoppers nationwide are on the hunt for deep discounts. Inside Beachwood Place some shoppers found doorbusters so enticing that stores had to limit the number of people allowed inside at a time. “I walked into the store and the lady came up to me and she said, ‘Sir, you have to go out and get in line and we’ll call you in when somebody […]
CLEVELAND (WJW) – As millions of people hit the road for Thanksgiving, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and other area law enforcement agencies are working to prevent crashes on “Blackout Wednesday.” “Commonly referred to as the night before Thanksgiving where folks tend to partake in drinking and driving,” explained Sergeant Ray Santiago. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol data, just shy of 1,000 OVI arrests occurred so far this year in Cuyahoga County. It ranks second in the state behind […]
**Warning: The video is disturbing** MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW) – The mother of a teenager with special needs says she plans to file charges against students accused of brutally attacking her son at a Middleburg Heights school Monday. The incident, recorded on a cellphone, is now part of an ongoing Middleburg Heights police investigation. Police Chief Edward Tomba calls the assault that occurred at the Polaris Career Center unusual. “It’s very violent; second of all, it was caught on video […]
CLEVELAND– It was supposed to be a regular physical at the Cleveland VA Medical Center but one Navy veteran says the appointment changed her life. Nearly two years later, Heather Roe, 30, is sharing the story of her rare diagnosis and why she believes doctors at the VA saved her life. “When I heard the word the first time I had already known, the moment that I found out I needed a biopsy I just I knew it; I knew […]
CLEVELAND (WJW) — Brigitte Coles, 48, of Mansfield says she prayed for and received a miracle after a tennis ball-sized rare tumor growing between her heart and lungs and wrapped around her aorta was successfully removed. Coles a former television broadcaster said she often reported on the stories of others, not realizing she would soon have a life threatening scare to tell of her own. At first, Coles said the symptoms seemed innocent enough but after her fatigue, shortness of breath […]
TWINSBURG, Ohio — A childhood cancer survivor born with Down syndrome is shaking up the modeling industry in Ohio and around the world. Olivia DePiore, 22, of Twinsburg has a busy year ahead after booking work during New York Fashion Week in Milan and Dubai in 2020. “Modeling is so fun, makes me happy, glad,” said Olivia. Olivia’s parents, John and Vicky, said they are proud of her success after just three years in the industry. They hope her achievements […]
AKRON, Ohio (WJW)- Weeks after a Norton teenager was placed in a medically-induced coma, her family says they recently received a sign they prayed would come. Emma Pfouts, 16, opened her eyes and squeezed her mother’s hand over the weekend. The cheerleader is now in and out of sedation, according to her parents. They said an asthma attack caused her heart to stop beating at the Norton High School homecoming dance in late October. “There are no words to describe […]