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
  • LeBron James, Fab Five unveil ‘I PROMISE’ School enhancements, play ball with kids

    AKRON, Ohio — LeBron James returned to northeast Ohio Wednesday to unveil several incredible new amenities at his I PROMISE School in Akron. The biggest and most colorful new addition is a state-of-the-art outdoor basketball court. To christen the court, James was joined by his best friends and former St. Vincent St. Mary High School championship teammates and Coach Dru Joyce. “This is unbelievable, it’s a dream come true not only for myself, but for my kids… for our kids sitting […]

  • Cleveland man and 11-year-old grandson carjacked at gunpoint

    CLEVELAND- A man and his grandson were carjacked at gunpoint Monday afternoon. The 79-year-old victim was approached by two suspects with guns while preparing to unload groceries outside his house on Burger Avenue in Cleveland. “They looked like teenagers,” said Larry Fistek, “Came up with pistols pointing at me and wanted the keys.” He said when he didn’t react quickly enough, they pushed him to the ground, and ripped his pants as they tore the keys from his pocket. The suspects […]

  • FOX 8 Stuff the Bus event fills record breaking 16 buses with school supplies

    CLEVELAND — FOX 8 is saying a huge and sincere thank you to all of our viewers, volunteers and sponsors who helped make the 13th Annual Stuff the Bus a terrific success. On Friday, a record-breaking 16 buses were filled with brand new school supplies for the Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center, which serves more than 10,000 children. “We are grateful how the people of Cleveland have really helped kids going back to school every year,” said Terry Uhl, […]

  • 30th Annual Star-Spangled Spectacular held in downtown Cleveland

    CLEVELAND  — A popular summer event and free outdoor concert with the Cleveland Orchestra and fireworks display took on added meaning Wednesday night. The 30th Annual Star Spangled Spectacular in downtown Cleveland was the first major “open air” event since two mass shootings claimed the lives of 31 people. The patriotic themed event usually happens around the 4th of July holiday, but was postponed this year due to the All-Star Game. As thousands gathered on Mall B between Lakeside and St. […]

  • Funnel cloud sightings in Huron County

    NORWALK, Ohio– Several funnel cloud sightings were reported in Huron County, as severe thunderstorms erupted around 6 p.m Tuesday. According to an alert by the Huron County EMA, funnel clouds were reported near the Sheriff’s Office on Shady Lane Drive and Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk. The sheriff’s office said a deputy saw what appeared to be a tornado touch down and go right back up. Officials are in contact with the National Weather Service, which will have to confirm […]

  • Akron city officials review safety plan in wake of Dayton shooting

    AKRON, Ohio– The mass shooting in Dayton has Akron city leaders mobilizing to make sure their popular sites and downtown district remain safe. A spokesperson for the city confirms the mayor’s office is “taking appropriate steps and working with Akron Police Chief Ken Ball and APD’s command staff.” They are closely evaluating the city’s public safety plan and presence at upcoming events. Additionally, popular businesses and locations, like Canal Park, have been contacted and encouraged to review their safety and […]

  • 90+ residents still displaced week after fatal Parma Heights apartment fire

    PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio — A week after a fatal fire in Parma Heights, more than 90 residents remain displaced and unable to enter their apartments or retrieve their belongings. “A woman with prosthetic leg, who was carried out, and her leg’s still in there. They wouldn’t go get it,” said displaced resident Jason Slifko, “When I left today, the guy below me, his wallet was still in the apartment.” The fire last Friday at Camelot Apartments on Huffman Road in Parma […]

  • Man struck in neck by celebratory gunshot

    LAKE COUNTY, Ohio — A teacher is recovering after being shot in the neck by a bullet that fell from the sky, and doctors say he is extremely lucky to be alive. “It missed the carotid artery by an inch, missed nerves by millimeters,” said Samuel Rotker, “It’s lodged in the SCM muscle; that’s the large neck muscle.” The bullet came from what’s called celebratory gunfire, when people shoot guns up into the air, and those come back down with deadly […]

  • Stark County woman hospitalized, undergoes partial amputations after catching infection from dog saliva

    CANTON, Ohio — A local woman was hospitalized for more than 80 days and had multiple limbs partially amputated after catching a severe infection from dog saliva. The last thing Marie Trainer remembers is feeling sick and laying down on the couch.  The Stark county wife and mother woke up from a coma ten days later with both arms and legs partially amputated. “When I opened my eyes I didn’t know where I was,” said Marie. “It was very hard to […]

  • Teens attack two homeless men with bats, rocks outside Wooster church

    WOOSTER, Ohio– The Wooster Police Department is working to identify  three teens who attacked two men sleeping on the steps of a church. Officers were called to Trinity Church on East North Street just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday. The victims said three teens, between the ages of 14 and 15, threw rocks at them, then took turns hitting them with bats. The men suffered cuts and scrapes. One was taken to the Wooster Community Hospital Emergency Room. The men […]

  • Parma residents speak out about flooding at city meeting

    PARMA, Ohio — More than 200 frustrated homeowners in Parma attended a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss ongoing flooding issues in the city. “Things have got to change, we’re terrified when it rains,” said Sandie Spencer. Torrential rain on July 5 dumped between 4.1 and 5.5 inches of rain on the area; flooding hundreds of homes. Even areas that normally don’t flood were impacted by the flash flooding. “It really overloaded the system,” said Mayor Tim DeGeeter. However, some residents […]

  • City agrees to keep Nickel Plate Beach closed while safety measures considered

    HURON, Ohio– As the search continues for a missing swimmer at Nickel Plate Beach in Huron, the young woman’s family and residents are demanding changes because the drowning Sunday was the second in two weeks. At the city council meeting Tuesday night, it was standing-room only. Several family members of 29-year-old Brittany Young left the beach, where they’ve been holding vigil since Sunday, to attend the meeting and address council. “This was my only sister, she was the closest thing […]

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