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
  • Man with knife arrested at same Richmond Heights apartment complex as fire

    RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio– Dozens of residents are now temporarily and indefinitely homeless after a fire at Loganberry Apartments in Richmond Heights. It started around 11:30 a.m. in a second-floor residents’ storage unit, according to Fire Chief Marc Neumann. “It is suspicious and the cause of the fire is under investigation,” he said. The three-story building, located 26710 Whiteway Dr., quickly filled with thick smoke. Some residents said they were alerted to the danger by employees of the complex. “Maintenance guys […]

  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand donation box stolen from pretzel counter in Strongsville

    STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — Strongsville Police are looking for two suspects caught on camera stealing a donation box for Alex’s Lemonade Stand from Auntie Anne’s pretzels located inside SouthPark Mall. The charitable foundation raises funds to help combat childhood cancer and is named after Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who started holding lemonade stands at the age of 4 to fight cancer after being diagnosed neuroblastoma. Alex passed away at the age of 8, but her legacy lives on and her charity was chosen […]

  • Shaker Heights school board facing tough decisions after Fernway school fire

    SHAKER HEIGHTS – In the aftermath of a massively destructive fire at Fernway Elementary School, the Shaker Heights School Board is facing some challenging decisions. “What to do with our students when school starts on August 22nd, and what to do with the Fernway School,” said Scott Stephens, Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations with the Shaker Heights City School District. The fire started last Tuesday morning, July 10th on top of the historic building, and quickly intensified, devouring […]

  • Shaker Heights school board gets update on status of Fernway School

    SHAKER HEIGHTS – A meeting  is being held in Shaker Heights to discuss a devastating fire at Fernway Elementary School, that collapsed the roof and historic clock tower. The massive fire started on the roof  the morning of July 10th as work was being done, and quickly intensified. About twenty additional fire departments were needed to help Shaker Heights shuttle water from about a quarter of a mile away to the location and put the blaze out. At one point, […]

  • Suspected road rage incident ends in serious crash in Lake County

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio —  A road rage incident escalates and ends with a serious car crash and two drivers being sent to the hospital. Now, law enforcement is looking for a third driver, who might be the suspected “road rager.” Lake County sheriff’s deputies say an 18-year-old man told them he unintentionally “cut off” a car while pulling out of the parking lot at Pfabe’s Music onto Mentor Ave. The car then started following him and the driver, he describes as […]

  • Dog rescued from hot car in Fairview Park

    FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio —  A small dog was rescued from a hot vehicle by a good Samaritan, as temperatures soared near 90 degrees recently with a heat index around 92. Fairview Park Police Lt. Paul Shepard says it’s the first time a person has pulled a dog from a vehicle since the law was passed in 2016 allowing people to save animals and children without fear of recourse. It happened when a family stopped at the city’s library and left […]

  • Willoughby police investigate man’s beating death

    WILLOUGHBY, Ohio– The Willoughby Police Department is investigating the death of a 59-year-old man. Officers were called to a house on Arlington Drive near Parkgate Avenue at about 11:24 p.m. on Monday for a welfare check. The home was locked and while checking the windows, officers saw the victim, Sam Pizzuto, on the bedroom floor. Police said there appeared to be a struggle. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Pizzuto died from blunt force trauma to the head. Pizzuto’s […]

  • Two firefighters injured battling massive fire at Shaker Heights school

    SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio— Two Shaker Heights firefighters were injured Tuesday as they battled a massive fire at Fernway Elementary School. According to the Shaker Heights Fire Chief Patrick Sweeney, “I had one firefighter with a burn to his hand and fortunately he’s okay. I do have one firefighter getting checked out at the hospital. We’re hoping he’s okay.” Fernway will be closed until further notice after the roof caught fire Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to the school just after 11:00 […]

  • Stark Parks issue warning after woman attacked in broad daylight

    CANTON, Ohio – An important warning is issued after a young woman was attacked in broad daylight while riding her bicycle on a popular, local hiking trail in Canton. “It’s scary you never know what’s going to happen any more,” said Amanda Nesbitt, who was at the park Monday with her daughter. Stark Park Rangers say a female in her mid-twenties was biking along Middle Branch Trail between Martindale and Spangler Parks when a man approached her and asked her […]

  • Cities upping July 4th security in light of thwarted terror attack

    CLEVELAND- Some local cities are beefing security ahead of the July 4th holiday after a suspected terror plot was thwarted in Cleveland. Monday, the Cleveland FBI announced the arrest of 48-year-old Demetrius Pitts from Maple Heights, a man they say was planning an Independence Day attack downtown using a van filled with explosives. “I mean we always increase our security posture for special events,” said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams. “Does this heighten everyone’s awareness of what’s going on, of […]

  • Did someone say sale? LeBron merchandise can be had for big discounts now

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Inside the Cavaliers Team Shop Monday at Quicken Loans Arena a certain sadness hung in the air, felt by both employees and fans. “I’m disappointed,” said Tim Bouhall. “Wanted to see him stay. I don’t think the Cavs will be the same next year.” Soon after it was announced that Lebron James was leaving Cleveland for Los Angeles all of the #23 merchandise was discounted. Everything, including cups, stuffed dolls, and team replica jerseys has been marked down […]

  • Children make cards for Mentor Police Department, Officer Mazany’s family

    MENTOR, Ohio — Signs of support for the Mentor Police Department and fallen Officer Mathew Mazany have been going up throughout the city. Patrolman Mazany was killed by a hit-and-run driver on S.R. 2 early Sunday morning while assisting another officer with a traffic stop. Wednesday night, the local PTA organized an event specifically for children. “We feel it’s important to teach our kids the importance of what first responders do,” said Kelly Bellin, PTA President at Fairfax Elementary in […]