Roosevelt is a General Assignment Reporter and Anchor for Fox 8 news and joined the Fox 8 news team in August 2015.
This is a second homecoming for Rosie, (yes you can call him that)
During the 1990’s he was a reporter for another Cleveland station before moving to the Baltimore area.
Proud to call Cleveland his hometown, Rosie grew up on the eastside and is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School and Ohio University’s School of Journalism.
He’s covered news stories in many different places from the Carolinas to Cleveland to Washington D.C. and has reported live for many big stories from the Browns leaving and returning to Cleveland, several hurricanes, the DC Sniper case and the Baltimore riots.
Rosie has been nominated for more than a dozen Regional Emmy Awards, but hasn’t won one, yet!
When he’s not working Rosie is an avid cyclist, an okay runner, and a awful swimmer. He also has a terrible Browns problem that can only be fixed with a trip to the Super Bowl.
You can follow Rosie on Twitter and Facebook.


Recent Articles
  • Local woman pushing for change after driver who killed her son was allegedly involved in another hit-skip crash

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio — A Painesville woman wants answers after the man who killed her son in a hit-skip crash was allegedly caught doing it again. Christine McCarthy says even though he’s gone, her son, Scott Hollifield, is around her all the time.  His photo is on display above her television along with his decorations from the Army. However, McCarthy says it’s not her son’s memory that is keeping her up at night, but new developments surround the man convicted of […]

  • Bikers show off skills at XDL Freeride Festival; organizers hope to promote safe riding

    CLEVELAND — This weekend, the City of Cleveland will host the XDL Freeride Festival downtown at the municipal lot. The event will feature street freestyle competitions, safety sessions, food trucks and other activities. Organizers hope bikers in the area feel inspired, but also remember to ride responsibly. In the past, ATV and dirt bike riders have been caught on camera racing around town putting themselves and others in danger. To learn more about the festival, CLICK HERE.

  • Planning commission approves project to build housing, retail space on former Geauga Lake property

    AURORA, Ohio — After years of sitting vacant, new life is being breathed into the old property that once housed Geauga Lake. After six hearings, Aurora Zoning and Planning Commission just approved a large mixed use development for the land near the Sea World side of the old park. It will include more than 300 town homes and single-family residences. There will also be 20 acres of retail space and a new park. Even though the project has been formally approved, […]

  • Akron fire hosts special ‘Fire Truck Day’ for children who are burn survivors

    AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Fire Department gave kids a day they will never forget Thursday. They hosted an event called Fire Truck Day and the guests of honor were children from Akron Children’s Burn Camp, along with children who are amputees. About a dozen fire units from all over the region converged on Portage Lakes Park to form a giant rain tunnel and the highly anticipated foam pit. One of the special guests was 13-year-old Mason Morris. Morris suffered […]

  • Fight to keep dinosaur trail at Brunswick Lake Park

    BRUNSWICK, Ohio — Community members are pushing to keep a dinosaur trail at Brunswick Lake Park. Six years ago, artists, educators and amateur paleontologists came up with the trail which features tracks of different generations of dinosaurs that roamed the earth. Benches also feature artwork of children and local artists. However, the Medina Parks District is in the process of creating a re-imagined park with a more natural feel which would include prairie grass, instead of a mowed lawn, and […]

  • ‘We can be winners!’: Browns fans optimistic, energized after first public practice at training camp

    BEREA, Ohio — The Browns first preseason game is just around the corner and fans are getting excited. On Thursday, they got their first chance to see the team practice during training camp, which lasts until August 21. “This year our team is focused, our coaches are focused and they have the mindset of winners and they’re going to bring a winner to Cleveland. I think everyone in this crowd thinks we can be winners,” said one fan during an […]

  • Metal shards spread across I-77 still impacting drivers

    CLEVELAND — An accident that left dozens of vehicles disabled after a truck began spilling sharp pieces of metal across the highway Tuesday is still causing problems for drivers. The accident is no longer impacting traffic but instead has left dozens of drivers dealing with the headaches of a flat tire. Around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, an ODOT traffic camera captured images of a dump truck travelling north on Interstate 77, spilling sharp pieces of metal across the highway, beginning at […]

  • Concord Township Fire Dept. provides special smoke detector to help hearing impaired

    LAKE COUNTY, Ohio — Every home should have several working smoke detectors inside however the hearing impaired need a different kind of warning. The American Red Cross says when there’s a fire you have on average two minutes or less to get out of a house before you become trapped by the flames. That’s why smoke detectors are essential, but detection only works if the device is properly installed properly in the home. Concord Township Fire Department has installed hundreds […]

  • High school athletes compete in MLB All-Star Commissioner’s Cup, All-Star Jennie Fitch Classic

    CLEVELAND — Major League Baseball isn’t just in Cleveland to play a game, they’re also here to help young people develop not only into good players, but good people. During all star weekend, high school age teams from around the country are in Cleveland to play either softball or baseball and compete in the All-Star Commissioner’s Cup and All-Star Jennie Fitch Classic. The tournaments combine several different programs by Major League Baseball to spread the love of the game among […]

  • 50 years later: A look at the storm that claimed 42 lives in Ohio on the 4th of July

    It was one of the worst storms to hit Ohio. It happened 50 years ago on the Fourth of July. Nicknamed ‘The Ohio Fireworks Storm,’ it killed 42 people in Ohio, many who were out to watch fireworks. One of those killed was the sister of a Geauga County woman. **Watch Roosevelt Leftwich’s report, above**

  • Local teen born with serious heart problem becomes top athlete

    Nothing can stop a determined teenager who wants to succeed — not even a heart defect. Gabrielle Grumbos was born with a serious heart problem. But as FOX 8’s Roosevelt Leftwich shows you, through treatment and surgery at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, she’s one of Twinsburg’s top athletes.

  • Teens spending summer vacation making home repairs for families

    What did you do during summer vacation when you were a teenager? Maybe go to the beach or hang out with friends? About 200 students from around the country are spending part of their time off from school repairing homes. It’s a special mission to help make the lives of several families a little easier. The Parma mayor’s office identified more than a dozen homes in the city where retirees and residents on fixed incomes needed some extensive or expensive […]

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