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!
AVON, Ohio — As the Avon Eagles take to the football field Friday night against Berea-Midpark the crowd will rock their red in support of a player on the sideline who survived a stroke. The presence of Jake Burdick, 16, at the game is nothing short of a miracle according to his mother. In August the healthy football player was bowling with friends and his mother when he complained of sudden and strange symptoms. “While he was bowling he was […]
CHIPPEWA LAKE, Ohio – This summer brought the worst flood people in Chippewa Lake say they witnessed in decades and although the floodwaters have long receded there is still concern about the lake’s health. Nate Eppink of the Medina County Park District says the summer got off to a rough start. In June the lake swelled and flooded streets, homes and closed the beach for some time due to safety concerns. “We first noticed an algal bloom here in 2014, […]
CLEVELAND– The Ohio State Highway Patrol is taking to the sky to to keep drivers safer on the road during TRIAD Air Enforcement this week. The goal is to curb distracted and dangerous driving crashes in Northeast Ohio. Last year, Cuyahoga County ranked second in the state behind Franklin County for distracted driving crashes with more than 1,190 reported. Statewide, OSHP figures show more than 13,725 crashes involving one or more distracted drivers. Lt. Rob Gable of the OSHP Cleveland […]
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio – FirstEnergy continues to restore power across Cleveland Heights after a Friday night microburst left a path of destruction. “All of a sudden it went from like 0-60 in a couple of minutes, happened to look outside, saw across the street went dark and then I saw this white wall of water coming,” said Paul Rockwell. City officials say Coleridge was the hardest hit street in their community. The National Weather Service confirmed with Cleveland Heights city […]
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio– One day after the National Weather Service confirmed a microburst ripped through Cleveland Heights, thousands remain without power across several east side communities. Monday afternoon, a FirstEnergy spokesperson said more than 3,000 people across Cuyahoga County still do not have power. The Friday night storm uprooted trees and downed around 120 power lines. “The last few days have been really chaotic lot of broken poles, down wire, down transformers,” said Brian Kern, of First Energy. City officials […]
WADSWORTH, Ohio — E-cigarette business owners are working to clear the air surrounding vaping after President Trump said Wednesday he would consider a potential ban on flavored e-cigarettes. Bill and Shemara Samaco co-own five e-cigarette stores across Northeast Ohio and said a ban would crush the business they started in 2015. “More importantly than killing the business, it will kill people because they won’t have access to these products,” said Bill Samaco. He said the most popular items in his […]
NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio – A nearly $27 million construction project is the source of frustration in North Ridgeville after ODOT announced a one year delay. The Route 20 widening project aims to increase lanes from three to five along a more than two mile stretch of the busy road. Project delays have caused concern among business owners, city leaders and people who live along the road reduced to one lane each direction. “I would say they just didn’t get the […]
CLEVELAND- Inside the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in downtown Cleveland military taps echoed during a Sept. 11 ceremony. Monument officials presented memorial wreaths and played taps to coincide with the events of the 2001 attacks. The event acknowledged the thousands killed on planes, people who perished when the towers collapsed, the attack on the Pentagon and first responders who lost their lives.
CORTLAND, OH – A foster dog was stabbed and later euthanized after attacking a groomer in Cortland Sunday according to the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office. A report of the incident states the victim was attempting to groom a pit bull by cutting its nails when it attacked. The report states the victim will need plastic surgery on her face and ear. She suffered compound fractures in her left arm and possible broken fingers in her right hand. Trumbull County Sheriff’s […]
MASSILLON, Ohio– A Stark County church is working to protect its congregation from the threat of a potential mass shooting through the creation of a safety and security ministry. “Churches have become a target, large groups have become targets for whatever personal agenda to hurt people,” said Rev. Dr. Roger Alber. Alber, of First Baptist Church in Massillon, said he never imagined one day he would carry a concealed weapon to service. Things changed after a 2007 deadly shooting at […]
PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Cameron Collier, 20, remains hospitalized due to a sudden illness he believes is connected to prolonged e-cigarette use, including THC. “It’s kind of stupid but I was a vaper for over a year and just these past few weeks, even a month maybe, all these symptoms have started adding up,” said Collier. Collier says he did not smoke cigarettes prior to vaping but because of its popularity with friends, he started using e-cigarettes. “I also had a […]
LORDSTOWN, Ohio – Months after General Motors shuttered its Lordstown plant the school district is feeling the impact. “Since the plant was unallocated we’ve had a lot of families that were relocated. One spouse had to move, the other spouse had to stay here,” said superintendent Terry Armstrong. He continued, “Because of the unallocated status of the plant we started a backpack program here at the elementary school, send some food home over the weekends with any student that’s in […]