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
  • Asa’s Angels of Hope collecting gifts for struggling families across northeast Ohio

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio — Inside Asa Cox Homes, a real estate business on North Ridge Road in Painesville, the walls aren’t lined with listings, but letters to Santa Claus. There are thousands of letters from children across Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties and they are unlike most you’ve probably ever seen. Some of the children ask for a bed to sleep on, because they’re sleeping on the floor. Others ask for coats, shoes and “new” socks, because all of theirs were used […]

  • Cleveland, Canton passed over for 2020 NFL Draft

    CLEVELAND– The combined bid of Cleveland and Canton was passed over again for the NFL Draft. The league announced on Wednesday that Las Vegas will host the big night in 2020. The Northeast Ohio cities were also in the running for the 2018 and 2019 drafts, but those campaigns were unsuccessful. The push was part of a partnership between the Cleveland Browns, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “Congratulations to Las Vegas and we are […]

  • ‘Voice of God’ saves men traveling through Ohio from semi-truck crash

    NEWTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Two men who escaped being crushed by a semi say it was the voice of God that saved them. “We heard a voice, and it was to get out of the truck and I look down and I saw a semi swerving toward us,” Jordan Cole said. He was traveling with Kenneth Bryant and several other men from Montana to Philadelphia for a pastor’s conference. The men were bringing a MudMan food truck. It’s part of a […]

  • ‘I’m still scared’: Reaction from Clevelanders near epicenter of Alaska quake

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Students dove under their desks and workers ran from buildings as a monster 7.0 earthquake violently rocked Anchorage Friday morning. The quake was centered about 5 miles north of Alaska’s most populous city and within a tectonic plate that causes the biggest earthquakes in the U.S. Officials are reporting widespread damage, especially the infrastructure and roadways. Many roads were buckled and ripped apart into jagged cliffs. “We were in the kitchen and it felt like the floor falling,” […]

  • Icy rescue: Norton Fire Department rescues precious pet from frigid waters

    NORTON, Ohio — Scary moments for a family in Norton, when their precious pet fell through the ice and became trapped in the water. Jillian Olsen had just let the 7-month-old female Great Pyrenees puppy named Frankie out to release some energy when she fell through the ice into the pond. “Oh I definitely think I lost my marbles, I was panicking…I just knew she was so cold,” said Olsen. Olsen tried, but was unable to reach Frankie using a […]

  • Brunswick police warn of local contractor scamming residents

    BRUNSWICK, Ohio  — Brunswick Police have issued a “Scam Alert” and are warning residents to beware of a local contractor named Matthew McMillen. McMillen’s under investigation for theft, and has a lengthy record of complaints that involve multiple people and thousands of dollars. “I was like ‘yep, that’s him,’” said Lisa Diaz. Diaz and her husband hired McMillen to install a fence for them this past May, but she said he cashed their $700 deposit check and never returned. “Did […]

  • People in snow belt get shovels, snowblowers and cars ready for more winter weather

    CHARDON, Ohio – As soon as the winter weather advisory went out Tuesday, so did many people living in the snow belt, picking up supplies and getting gasoline for their snowblowers. “We just always get ready for plowing snow,” said Beth Brettrager in Chardon, where there’s already several inches on the ground and snow mounds over 6-feet high. The advisory for Geauga and Ashtabula counties is in effect until 4 am Thursday. Lake effect snow bands are expected to dump […]

  • Thousands of toys donated to kids in need at FOX 8’s 13th Annual Operation Giving Tree

    CLEVELAND — The 13th Annual Operation Giving Tree was another huge success as a steady stream of FOX 8 viewers dropped off thousands of new toys for kids in need. The toy drive is co-sponsored by Northern Ohio Honda Dealers and Mark Lyon who said, “It’s amazing you can actually change and actually make a unique moment in someone’s life Christmas morning.” All of the toys collected will be distributed to children who are in county care across Cuyahoga, Lorain, Summit and […]

  • Family, friends remember mother killed while trying to stop carjackers in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND — It was standing room only Monday evening at an emotional vigil held for a courageous mother who was killed trying to stop two carjackers in Cleveland. More than 150 people came to Archwood United Church, mourning the loss of Lesley De Jesus, a 33-year-old wife and mother-of-two. On November 15, De Jesus was with her family volunteering at the church when they saw someone trying to steal their van. She was run down by the suspects, who still […]

  • Ice storm aftermath leaves trees crashing down, residents without power

    WADSWORTH, Ohio — Crews are working to clean up tree limbs across Wadsworth as branches are still crashing down a day after an ice storm left a quarter inch of ice on trees and power lines. The sound of chain saws filled the air in Wadsworth as road crews were busy sawing numerous branches from streets Friday. They crews are also going street to street with a front end loader to clear streets of tree limbs. Tree limbs fell on a […]

  • Siri shortcut allows you to secretly record your traffic stop

    CLEVELAND- Traffic stops are consistently one of the most stressful and dangerous situations for both police officers and the citizens they serve, but a new smartphone app might change that dynamic. The free app is called ‘Shortcuts’ and can be used to create a number of them on iPhones for everything from music to contacts.  However, one shortcut called ‘Police’ is getting a lot of attention. “I think it’s great because it tells both sides of the story,” said driver […]

  • Protecting your pet and preventing dognappings

    CLEVELAND —  It takes only minutes, sometimes just seconds for a family’s beloved pet to be dognapped. Dog thefts are up by double digits in both cities and suburbs. About 2,000,000 pets are stolen from homes and even dog parks with the owners right there each year. Here are some things every pet owners should know in order to help protect your pet. Preventing Dognappings Don’t leave your dog unattended in a vehicle, tethered on a porch, alone in the yard, even […]