Suzanne is a general and special assignment reporter who has won 6 Emmys 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
  • Cleveland Cavaliers honor fans with special needs

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — As the Cavaliers faced the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night there were more than 500 very special invited guests cheering them on at Quicken Loans Arena. As part of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness month, people with different challenges and their families were guests of honor at the game. They were invited by the team in conjunction with The Arc of Ohio, a non-profit advocacy organization that’s been serving people with disabilities for 70 years. “It could be downs […]

  • Judge Cicconetti says handing down unique brand of justice all about changing lives

    LAKE COUNTY, Ohio– A Northeast Ohio judge, who garnered national attention for his “creative sentences,” was honored at a very special retirement party Tuesday night. More than 600 people gathered at LaMalfa in Mentor to celebrate the life and career of Painesville Municipal Judge Michael Cicconetti. “I mean, this is really exciting,” said Judge Cicconetti. “I have friends coming in from all over.” Judge Cicconetti has sat on the bench in Painesville since 1994, and gained a name for himself […]

  • Canton woman ticketed for ‘dodging potholes’

    CANTON, Ohio — If you’ve been behind the wheel lately, you know it’s pothole season across northeast Ohio but one woman learned the hard way that dodging them can be just as costly as hitting one. She was just trying to avoid a pothole, but ended up being pulled over and cited by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper. “Like when I got it, I was so dumbfounded, like really— a ticket for dodging potholes? What really got me is […]

  • 79-year-old woman struck by stray bullet near her home in Akron: ‘The violence has to stop’

    AKRON — Akron police are investigating another shooting where an innocent bystander was struck. Lt. Rick Edwards says an elderly woman was standing in a driveway near Crosier and Princeton Monday afternoon when she was hit by a stray bullet . “It appears to be two cars shooting at each other,” said Lt. Edwards. “ 79-year-old woman struck in the side of the head transported to the hospital, treated and released.” Friday night at around 8 p.m., multiple houses and […]

  • 4-year-old shot after bullets enter Akron home; third time child shot in Akron this week

    AKRON, Ohio — Police are searching for a suspect that fired shots into a home, striking a four-year-old boy. The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 Friday in the 1000 block of Biruta Street, according to Akron police. The boy was reportedly visiting a relative. The relative told police she heard a noise that resembled rocks hitting her. She went to check on the child and discovered he had been struck by a bullet which grazed his leg.  The relative took […]

  • Lordstown community members face uncertainty after last day at GM plant

    LORDSTOWN, Ohio — It was an emotional day in Lordstown as the final Chevy Cruze rolled off the assembly line Wednesday afternoon at the GM Lordstown Plant.  The car was draped in an American flag and surrounded by heavyhearted workers, who now face an uncertain future. General Motors decided to have the plant go idle, as part of a restructuring plan, after 53 years of producing vehicles at the complex. “It’s been gut wrenching,” said David Green, President UAW Local […]

  • Neighbors stunned by hit-skip that killed man on historic street in Akron

    AKRON, Ohio– Neighbors of an elderly man who was killed by a hit-and-run driver hope the perpetrator is either caught or turns them self into police. “Come forward and identify yourself. I can’t imagine what the family must be going through right now,” Candice Nagy said. “It’s so sad.” Seventy-three-year-old Ernest Liska was retrieving his newspaper on Sunday just after 7 a.m. on Merriman Road in Akron when police said an erratic driver struck him. According to investigators, the vehicle […]

  • ODOT warns drivers Monday morning commute may be ‘slow and slick’

    SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Transportation is warning drivers that the Monday morning commute could be slow and slick, but they’re also doing all they can to keep the roads passable. “We’re out in force,” said ODOT Spokesperson Brent Kovacs, “We’re primarily salting, as the snow accumulates overnight we’ll put plows down.” More than 100 trucks have been dispatched across Lake, Geauga, Cuyahoga, Summit and Stark counties. Although only 1 to 3 inches of snow was anticipated […]

  • Baby battles, overcomes rare and aggressive cancer

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A seven-month-old baby from Northeast Ohio is the youngest patient in the world to be diagnosed with an extremely rare and extraordinarily aggressive cancer. When Hawken Hunt suddenly became violently ill, his parents knew something was seriously wrong with him. Although doctors kept telling Shannon and Bob Hunt that Hawken had a virus like the flu. “Call it mother’s intuition,” said Shannon. “I just knew.” Fives days later, after multiple ER visits and blood tests the Hunts […]

  • Former Twinsburg High School student arrested after bringing handgun, marijuana on school grounds; current student also charged

    TWINSBURG, Ohio — Two teenagers face charges after an incident at Twinsburg High School Wednesday. Twinsburg Police Department said on Facebook that around 2 p.m. they increased police presence at the high school after receiving reports of a possible fight. An officer reportedly found two teenagers in the service driveway. When confronted, one of the teenagers, a 17-year-old boy currently living in Hudson, told police he wasn’t supposed to be on school property because he was previously expelled. Officers searched […]

  • Body armor saves dog from coyote attack: ‘She was headed for the jaws of death’

    KIRTLAND, Ohio — A few months ago, FOX 8 News produced a story about a “funny-looking” vest that’s designed to protect dogs from coyote attacks. Lindy Perkes was watching the news that day and says that report inspired her to buy one of the vests and it saved her dog’s life. “She would not have made it; there’s just no way,” said Lindy, “She was headed for the jaws of death, literally.” Mika is an adorable Japanese Chin and Jack […]

  • Residents, police alarmed after gunfire erupts multiple times in Akron neighborhood

    AKRON, Ohio — A barrage of gunfire erupted in the same northwest Akron neighborhood not once, but twice this week, terrifying residents and alarming police. The attacks both happened just steps away from a preschool in the 2100 block of Thurmont Road. “The first time it was after one in the morning Tuesday, and the next one was afternoon around 2 o’clock in the afternoon,” said Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards. Multiple homes were hit by the bullets and a […]

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