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!
MONTVILLE, Ohio – The Montville Police Department released more information Monday related to a standoff Sunday where a man was found dead and another woman was shot in the head and later died. The Medina County SWAT team found the man, identified Monday as Shawn Guillereault, dead after a three-hour standoff. Police said a 17-year-old girl ran to a McDonald’s on Wooster Pike Road Sunday for help. Police said the girl stated she was assaulted at a home on Stockbridge […]
SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio – Students and staff plan to wear purple in memory of Aisha Fraser during the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon on Sunday. “We decided to dedicate running club to Aisha Fraser’s memory,” said physical education teacher, Allison Lowe. “We decided to wear purple to raise awareness for the domestic violence issue.” The beloved Woodbury Elementary School sixth grade teacher was killed last November. Her ex-husband and former Cuyahoga County Judge Lance Mason is charged with her murder. The […]
CLEVELAND– The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to honor the legacy of fallen Trooper Kenneth Velez by giving back to the community he loved to serve. “We want to try to give back the way he was giving back,” explained Sergeant David Francway. “He did a lot for his school, his kids, his community. So this is our way of spreading Kenny around the whole area.” About a dozen troopers from across Cleveland gathered at Almira Elementary School to spread […]
SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — Firefighters from several cities gathered in Shaker Heights Thursday for a unique simulation and training on how to handle a mayday, a call used when needing assistance or rescue. “Some of the hardest decisions are made during a mayday event, emotions are high,” explained University Heights Fire Chief Robert Perko. “This training is extremely unique. It helps our commanding officers manage the fire ground.” When seconds count, what firefighters are learning from Blue Card, an incident […]
CLEVELAND — A Shaker Heights family is working to spread some good with their company “Better Than Good Snacks.” The idea was born while their little boy Jay was battling leukemia. The company founders, Katen Keith Pabley and Dr. Sangeeta Tina Mahajan, said their world came to a stop when they learned their son’s diagnosis. “It’s a day I’ll never forget our world just stopped that day,” said Dr. Mahajan a surgeon at University Hospitals. “I remember the ER doc […]
SANDUSKY, Ohio – Cedar Point has added metal detector screening to ensure guest safety on Steel Vengeance. Tony Clark confirmed the added screening to FOX 8 news Tuesday. Cedar Point’s “Loose Article” policy means many items can’t be taken past the entrance. The Sandusky-area park added zippered pouches to the bottom of the roller coaster seats, to hold phones and other loose items. The metal detector screening is to make sure guests have put their allowed belongings in the pouches. […]
BELLVILLE, OHIO – A Richland County school campus was placed on lockdown Friday morning just days after making national headlines for what the district calls a students’ racist promposal. A viral picture of the student with his intended prom date shows the student holding a sign that reads, “If I was black I’d be picking cotton but I’m white so I’m picking u for prom.” Friday, the Richland County Sheriff’s office investigated a threat surrounding the picture and a shooting […]
NORWALK, Ohio- A beloved Norwalk family dog is recovering in an emergency veterinarian hospital after being shot with an arrow. According to the Huron County Dog Warden’s Office, Brutus, a four-and-a-half-year-old Labrador retriever was shot Sunday afternoon. No arrests have been made. “I almost passed out; I was so upset,” said Sophie Clark, who was home when her family dog was shot. Since Clark’s mother was out of town at the time, she called a trusted family friend who helped […]
BELLVILLE, Ohio – A Richland County student will not be attending prom after his school district deemed a sign used during his promposal used racist language. “To be frank with you I thought, ‘Oh my goodness; this is awful,'” said Janice Wyckoff, the superintendent at Clear Fork Valley Local Schools. A picture Wyckoff said the student shared on social media states, “If I was black I’d be picking cotton but I’m white so I’m picking u for prom.” FOX 8 […]
PARMA HEIGHTS, OHIO – A 13-year-old Parma Heights boy is being called a hero for his incredibly quick thinking that prevented a potential house explosion and for saving the life of his grandmother. Dianne Bungo, who family says is 75, was smoking with her oxygen tubing around her nose when a fire ignited Monday around 3:30 p.m., according to firefighters. “She was in the kitchen saying like, ‘Help me!’ She didn’t say she was burning,” said Timothy Iwan. Timothy was […]
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – At just nine years old, Brady Snakovsky is already working to change the country for the better, thanks to an idea that came to him while watching TV. The Strongsville third-grader is the founder of Brady’s K9 Fund. “I want to be a police officer because I want to keep people safe,” said Brady Snakovsky. “Because it’s really important for these dogs that save people lives for them to be safe too.” Established late last year, the […]
Spring has sprung across Northeast Ohio yet it’s bringing on a range of dread for spring allergy sufferers. A report from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranks Cleveland and Akron among the most challenging cities in the nation for allergy sufferers to live in 2019. Cleveland and Akron appear on the list at numbers 32 and 27 out of 100 cities nationwide. It’s something Dr. Samuel Friedlander, based at University Hospitals in Solon, is noticing firsthand as allergy […]