Suzanne is a general and special assignment reporter who has won 8 Emmys with additional nominations for her reporting and news anchoring at WJW Fox 8 News.

For 8 years you could find her anchoring weekends at Fox 8, but now you can see her Monday through Friday nightside.

She loves meeting people and sharing their stories. One such story several years ago inspired her to research, create, and produce a television show based on children and their stories of reincarnation. The show is called, “The Ghost Inside My Child.”

Prior to joining FOX 8 in September 2000, Suzanne Stratford served as both reporter and back-up anchor for WSYX-WTTE in Columbus, Ohio.

Occasionally you could also catch her forecasting the weather. Suzanne began her career as a journalist at WKBN in Youngstown, where she was a weekend anchor, reporter and weather-caster.

A NE Ohio native, Suzanne is a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications with a minor in English and journalism from Youngstown State University.

Suzanne has been active in environmental causes and women’s organizations, and is currently volunteering with the Renee Jones Empowerment Center to stop human trafficking, and she has also volunteered reading to the blind.

Before beginning her career in broadcasting, Suzanne served as a SGT in the Army National Guard for eight years and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. During the Gulf War, she served as a Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Warfare Specialist. She earned commendations for both physical fitness and service overseas.

Born on August 30th, Suzanne is also an ultra-marathon runner who enjoys reading, painting and most of all- spending time with her family, friends and puppies.

You can reach Suzanne at 216-401-7089

Recent Articles
  • ‘Christmas is about giving’: Trinity Church in Mentor handing out 150 free Christmas Trees

    MENTOR, Ohio (WJW) — A local church is spreading holiday cheer by giving away 150 free Christmas trees. For the third year in a row, Trinity Church is holding a Christmas tree giveaway. Not only are the fabulous firs, pines and spruce trees free, but tree stands, lights, bulbs and bags of candy are also being given away. ”It’s meant, in a sense, to demonstrate the holiday spirit. Christmas is about giving; Christmas is about giving with no strings attached […]

  • Smash-and-grab thief apparently targeting cars at Goddard Schools

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (WJW) — A smash-and-grab thief on a cross county crime spree has struck again. Police confirm there was an attempted break-in at the Goddard School in Strongsville Thursday morning, and successful car break-ins at Goddard Schools in Macedonia, Twinsburg and Independence over the past few days. The fast and brazen thief strikes during the busiest time of day, as parents are dropping off their children in the morning. Within five minutes Wednesday morning, the suspect hit two cars […]

  • Study shows obese, overweight have tougher time fighting the flu

    CLEVELAND (WJW)– Newly-released research from the University of Maryland found that obese people and those who are overweight have a tougher time battling the flu. A couple years ago, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also found that the flu vaccine was not as effective on obese and overweight people. Dr. Stacey Schultz-Cherry from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital sayid the virus was actually able to spread deeper into their lungs. St. Jude is now one […]

  • Shoppers excited about Black Friday deals

    PARMA, Ohio (WJW) — Some shoppers started lining up early at select stores across Northeast Ohio this Thanksgiving. In Parma, at the Best Buy on Brookpark Road, they began arriving around 1 p.m. with blankets and warm clothes to bundle up against the cold. Although some shoppers say Thursday’s weather was not as bad as past years. “This will be 10 years I’ve done Black Friday,” said Cole Younger, who was first in line Thursday. “It’s not snowing. I was […]

  • 14th Annual Operation Giving Tree: Fox 8 viewers providing toys to thousands of kids this holiday season

    CLEVELAND (WJW) — The 14th annual Operation Giving Tree was once again an overwhelming success, despite gusting winds and chilling temperatures. Fox 8 viewers began arriving early and continued coming to Dick Goddard Way all day Wednesday to drop off brand new toys for thousands of children in the care of Children Services in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, Medina and Summit Counties. And the need is great. “I think the opioid crisis has really increased our numbers across the entire state of […]

  • Family continues to give back to Cleveland Clinic for Thanksgiving years after life-saving surgery

    CLEVELAND (WJW)– Nearly every year since his newborn daughter was hospitalized and in need of emergency surgery, a local restaurateur has returned to the hospital to make everyone Thanksgiving dinner. “Just my way to give back to the Cleveland Clinic for saving my daughter’s life,” said Jay Leitson, owner of the local bistros Cafe 56 and 56 Kitchen. This year, his daughter Rachael Leitson flew into town from New York on her birthday to help her dad, because it was […]

  • The rivalry is back: Browns fans living in Pittsburgh ready for rematch

    PITTSBURGH (WJW)– Getting ready for the rematch! Both Browns and Steelers fans are already getting pumped and prepared for Sundays big game at Heinz Field. Cleveland and Pittsburgh have had one of the oldest and most contentious rivalries in the NFL. “We always hated Cleveland,” said Steelers fan Lyle Roberts laughing. “We will always hate Cleveland.” However, in recent years, the rivalry seemed to wane a little. But after the last game in Cleveland with the fight between Browns defensive […]

  • Dozens of vehicles damaged by gunfire in Elyria; Some families hit multiple times

    ELYRIA, Ohio (WJW)– People in Elyria are afraid to park their vehicles in their driveways after vandals went on a shooting spree, firing pellet or BB guns. According to police, more than 20 windows were damaged or destroyed between Nov. 11 and Nov. 22 between West and East River streets. In at least two of the cases the same vehicles were shot, repaired and then targeted again. “You just want to cry, it’s like oh my gosh we’re up around […]

  • Putting your pup’s paws to the test: What germs are they really spreading?

    CLEVELAND (WJW) — They’re part of the family, but did you know your dog could be inadvertently transferring harmful organisms right inside of your home? The Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health have identified more than a dozen different infections that dogs can carry from the skin infection MRSA to the bacteria leptospirosis, which is found in urine and causes flu-like symptoms. “There can be germs, parasites, things like round worm, hook worm, salmonella, E-coli, and […]

  • Browns fans surprised, upset by NFL’s decision to uphold Myles Garret’s indefinite suspension

    CLEVELAND (WJW) — Many Browns fans were surprised and upset over the NFL’s decision to uphold defensive end Myles Garrett’s indefinite suspension. “I think it was a little harsh, and then it’s indefinite so we’re not sure when he’s coming back,” said Sue Edmonds. “That’s ridiculous,” added Jen Poland. Fans don’t condone Garrett hitting Mason Rudolph over the head with his own helmet, but say the Steelers quarterback provoked the incident, by first trying to pull off Myles helmet and then […]

  • New canine concoctions: What you need to know before investing in a designer dog

    CLEVELAND (WJW) — They sound like Dr. Seuss characters. The names of dozens of new “designer dog” breeds like Chiweenies and Pugapoos — not to mention oodles and oodles of doodles. However, veterinary Dr. Erin Runcan, who specializes in reproductive medicine at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, says they’re actually hybrids created by crossbreeding two pure breeds. It’s something humans have been doing since they first began domesticating wolves. “That’s what we’ve done for hundreds of years […]

  • ACLU, Tamir Rice Foundation launch ‘know your rights’ guide on 5th anniversary of his death

    CLEVELAND (WJW) — Five years after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer near a gazebo at the Cudell Recreation Center, an event was held commemorating his life. The Tamir Rice Foundation organized the event called Art, Activism & the Legacy of Tamir Rice Wednesday night at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tamir’s mother, Samaria Rice, started the foundation and has been working to help other young people. More than 100 people attended Wednesday’s event, […]

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