Amber Alert issued for 4 children, one with critical medical needs, taken by mother

In 2007, Stefani returned to the station where she began her career — WJW Fox 8.

Stefani first started at FOX 8 back in 1992.

Schaefer co-anchors Fox 8 News in The Morning alongside Wayne Dawson and Kristi Capel.

Prior to returning back home to FOX 8, Stefani hosted a national network show that was broadcast out of Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

For twelve years, she taught voice and dance at her family’s performing arts center in Alliance, Ohio.

On September 14, 2008 Stefani was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Stefani received the Ohio Governor’s Choice Award in 1989, and was Ohio’s Junior Miss / Ohio’s Young Woman of the Year in 1989.

Stefani and her brother Thommie, a recording artist in California, toured the country with the Bob Hope USO Troupe from 1979 to 1989. She and her brother had their own show at Geauga Lake Amusement Park in 1983, where they sang, danced and played eight different musical instruments. They were the youngest seasonal performers at a theme park in the state of Ohio. The brother-sister duo was also the opening act for Barbara Mandrell, Chubby Checker, The Oak Ridge Boys and Alabama.
Stefani is still passionate for music, and remains active today, singing the national anthem for the Cleveland sports teams and the Ohio Derby.
Stefani has been very involved in the festivities surrounding the Canton Hall of Fame. For several years, Stefani sang the National Anthem for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game and performed the opening and closing songs for the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremonies in Canton. Besides hosting the Fashion Show and other festivities, Stefani hosted the Hall of Fame Parade national broadcast with Dan Dierdorf for many years, including this past summer.

While attending the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Stefani was an All-American Scholar and a National Collegiate Academic Honoree. She graduated one semester early with a degree in communications and journalism.

Stefani is an Alliance native and a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas in Louisville and The University of Mount Union.

Stefani has been on the cover of Cleveland Magazine’s Millennium issue featuring Cleveland’s Most Interesting People of 2000. She was also on the cover for “Celebrity Working Mothers.”
“Celebrity Homes” featured Stefani in their cover issue as well.
Stefani was also named Cleveland’s Favorite News Anchor and Favorite News Team (2012)

If you ask her… Stefani will tell you her greatest accomplishment is being a mom to children Race and Siena… the loves of her life! They share a home with several fury family members, Gunner, Millie, Marco, Polo and Lola and several dozen fish and other critters!


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