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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
  • Cleveland orders Bird scooters removed from sidewalks, many remain days later

    CLEVELAND–Bird scooters arrived in Cleveland on Friday, only the debut is not taking off like anticipated. Shortly after hundreds were placed on sidewalks last week, city officials asked the company to remove the electric scooters. In a message addressed to Bird Rides Inc., Cleveland’s law director ordered all scooters be removed from the public right of way which includes, streets sidewalks and other public property the night of Aug. 10. On Monday, Fox 8 found dozens of scooters parked on […]

  • Swimming at Edgewater Beach ruled safe ahead of sports championship

    CLEVELAND – It’s now safe to dive back in Lake Erie at Edgewater Beach after it was closed to swimmers for several days following an overflow of sewage. The news comes right as thousands of some of the best athletes in America arrive in Cleveland for a national triathlon. “I’m 70 years old,” said Sandra Holben, “I’ve been doing triathlons, mostly Olympic distance, since 2002. It’s really exciting to be here in Cleveland because I’ve been working all year for […]

  • Video shows drunk driver crash in Newburgh Heights

    NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, OHIO – Disaster was narrowly avoided when a drunk driver slammed into an unsuspecting driver in Newburgh Heights Saturday. The crash caught on video, is now promoting a new warning from police about driver safety behind the wheel. “It does speak to the dangers of excessive speed, drinking and driving, running a red light because those three things happened here,” said Chief John Majoy of Newburgh Heights Police. “I mean, it’s just a fact of life, they’re in […]

  • Strong Northeast Ohio storms leave destruction behind

    CLEVELAND – One day after storms ripped through Northeast Ohio, many are left wondering when things will return to normal. “The power lines went down last night,” said homeowner Denise Halabica. “Knocked over three poles, I think, one got struck by lightning knocked the other ones down.” On Crossburn Avenue in Cleveland, up to 500 people, according to a First Energy Outage Map spent most of the day without power. Others were nearly trapped inside their homes as electric crews worked […]

  • Good Samaritan or not? Man cited for using hammer to free dogs from car in Parma

    PARMA, Ohio– Surveillance video released by Parma police shows how a Cleveland man went from hero to wrong side of the law in the span of just minutes after police say he used a hammer to rescue two dogs left in a car. “I wanted to get that puppy out of there and make sure that he was okay,” said Richard Hill. “So at that point I decided to grab a hammer and went ahead and broke the window.” Hill […]

  • Rapper speaks following shooting outside Cleveland bar that injured 7

    CLEVELAND– For the first time, Cleveland rapper Q Money and his family are speaking up about his involvement with a recent bar brawl turned shooting that left seven recovering from gunshot wounds and a shooter on the run. “I just heard commotion. And then I heard a few shots let off and then they called me and told me my cousin was getting rushed to the hospital, which was a scare, a shock for our family,” said the rapper. “We […]

  • New surveillance video shows aftermath of Cleveland bar shooting

    CLEVELAND – A brawl outside a Cleveland bar almost turned deadly early Thursday after seven people were shot, some victims recovering from multiple gunshot wounds. According to Cleveland Police, the shooting began around 1:30 a.m. outside the Dog Pound Lounge on St. Clair. One woman who lives nearby said she heard rapid gunshots. “We had just got finished praying and as soon as we said amen shots, you know, rung out,” said Dimples Hollis describing the shooting. “Different kind of guns like they […]

  • Daughter seeks justice after father’s remains misplaced for decades

    MENTOR – It’s the mix up made of nightmares and now a Lake County woman is taking legal action to right what many call a horrific wrong. Maryann Taraska discovered that the ashes of her father were misplaced for decades and there could be more victims. “I’m devastated because I’ve been visiting my dad for 22 years and I wasn’t visiting my dad,” said Taraska. The remains of her father Donald Hopeck who died in the early 1990’s were found […]

  • Glenville Shootout: Cleveland police survivors recount deadly attack 50 years later

    CLEVELAND – Some wounds never heal. Fifty years ago this week, Cleveland marks a moment that changed the city forever and forced several of its finest to an early grave. “We had a policeman laying in the street,” said retired Cleveland police officer James Moser, 81, as his voice broke. “We tried to get to him, to get him out of the street, so he didn’t get hit no more.” The Glenville Shootout was an eruption of racial tension in Cleveland’s […]

  • Support pours in during blood drive for injured Lorain County officer

      AMHERST, OHIO – The community continues to rally behind an officer nearly killed in the line of duty in May. 17-year-veteran of the Amherst Police Department and Lorain County SWAT member, Eugene “J.R.” Ptacek was shot while responding to an emergency call about a barricaded man. The SWAT team member injured during a standoff in Sheffield Lake was transported to the hospital with critical injuries. Since then,  the community has rallied behind “J.R.” the latest effort, organizing a LifeShare community blood drive […]

  • Two men shot, killed at busy Cleveland intersection identified

      CLEVELAND – Road rage or planned attack? It’s a question Cleveland Police are working to answer after two men were shot and killed and another driver grazed by a bullet. It happened at West 117th near I-90 WB exit ramp just past 7 p.m. Saturday. No arrests have been made in the case, a fact that continues to worry people who live close to where the shooting began. “You know bullets, you know, they don’t have no name on […]

  • Lake County restaurant helps child born blind gain independence

    PAINESVILLE – In the restaurant business, don’t expect to last long without good food –  and in the case of one Leroy Township restaurant employees and even bigger heart for the community. “There is always somebody in need and so my wife and I came up with the idea of giving back to the community,” said Vice President of Capps Tavern and Eatery Tim Toman. “We started our fundraising with the golf outing 19 years ago.” This year the search […]