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
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