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!
CLEVELAND (WJW) — As the deadly coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, several Cleveland hospitals announced they are implementing precautionary measures to prevent the virus from spreading here in Northeast Ohio. “We’ve already rolled out screening protocols to all of our emergency rooms here as far as asking about travel so we can be aware of any risk but we’re not freaking out,” said Dr. Amy Edwards, a University Hospitals Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control […]
BAINBRIDGE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WJW) — Efforts to revitalize the former Geauga Lake Amusement Park hit a snag in Bainbridge Township. Officials voted down a plan that would have brought retail and apartments to more than 300 acres of the former park site. A decision some who frequented the park say is not surprising considering there has not been major movement at the park site since it closed in 2007. “I liked it when it was Geauga Lake, sorry that’s my […]
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — An ODOT study now underway is analyzing if a new partial interchange is needed along I-71 at Boston Road in order to relieve traffic congestion on State Route 82 at the highway exit for SouthPark Mall. “Traffic here is a pretty much a nightmare at certain times,” said driver Ed Loos. “It would certainly do a lot to alleviate that.” ODOT spokesperson Amanda McFarland says the $300,000 study will be completed later this year. Construction costs are […]
PORT CLINTON, Ohio (WJW) — People across Port Clinton wore pink in memory of Harley Dilly on Friday. The 14-year-old was found dead inside the chimney of a home across the street from his family’s house on Monday night. In a press conference Tuesday, Port Clinton Police called his death an accident. The Ottawa County Coroner’s Office said Dilly died of asphyxiation. Dilly was last seen leaving for school December 20. His disappearance led to a nationwide search with the […]
MEDINA, Ohio (WJW) — Elementary and middle school students in Medina are creating joey pouches and wraps for injured and orphaned young kangaroos and bats in Australia. “The baby bats aren’t able to be with their mothers at this moment,” explained second-grade student Laura Medley. Garfield Elementary students spent Thursday morning learning about the wildfires and how it has affected an estimated half a billion animals. Students used fabric donated by the community to create the pouches and wraps for […]
MADISON-Madison High School students are working to improve the world around them. Fox 8’s Maia Belay shows us how it’s one of the many ways students are looking towards the future in this week’s ‘Cool School.’ **More Cool Schools here**
PORT CLINTON, Ohio (WJW ) — An entire community is mourning the loss of 14-year-old Harley Dilly. On Tuesday, police confirmed the body of the missing teen was found Monday in a house in Port Clinton. No foul play is expected. “This appears to be an accident,” Port Clinton Police Chief Robert J. Hickman said during a press conference. He said Harley’s body was discovered caught in the home’s chimney. Harley had been missing since Dec. 20. Police and members […]
CLEVELAND (WJW)– One of the most popular animals at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will soon have more space roam. The Daniel Maltz Rhino Reserve is scheduled to open late spring and will more than double the space for eastern black rhinoceros herd. On Monday, the zoo’s executive director gave FOX 8 a tour of the progress since construction began. “Eastern black rhinos are critically endangered,” Dr. Chris Kuhar said. “They’re suffering from habitat loss as well as poaching for their […]
PORT CLINTON, Ohio (WJW) – Saturday volunteers will help aid in the nationwide search for a missing Port Clinton teenager, Harley Dilly, 14. Port Clinton police announced a volunteer search will occur at 9 a.m. at Lakeview Park. The search will be lead by volunteers, not law enforcement. “That’s what the community needed. They needed to do something positive,” said Dana Deer who previously organized a vigil for Dilly. Dilly was last seen leaving for school December 20. In the […]
LORAIN, Ohio (WJW) – A unique home for children in Lorain will soon be on the move thanks to a slew of donations. “We are at 1.5 million almost halfway to our goal of 3.3,” said co-founder Donna Humphrey. The Blessing House God’s Project of Hope was founded in 2005 and is now set to nearly triple in size during construction this spring. The faith-based nonprofit is a licensed residential children’s crisis care center for youth from infancy up to […]
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – Relatives of a Euclid couple who were shot to death Saturday night in Concord Township say they are devastated and remain frustrated with the investigation and current court proceedings. William Larondez Jackson Jr., 39, and Heavenly Goddess Murphy-Jackson, 38, were found dead in a SUV on Andrea Drive, according to the Lake County Sheriff. “My life feels like it’s gone,” said William’s mother Katina Jackson. “I’m empty. I’m lost.” Relatives say the couple, a blended family, […]
WOOSTER, Ohio (WJW) — An elderly couple from Wooster who were described as hopelessly in love died peacefully within hours of one another on Christmas Eve. “We kind of knew that they were going to go together,” said Amber Maier of Brookdale Senior Living in Wooster. “The staff decided to push their beds together.” According to McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, William Schafrath, 88 and Nancy Schafrath, 85, married in 1955 and died of prolonged illness. Maier says they […]