Beth McLeod (Fox 8 – WXYZ) Biography, Salary, Age, New Job

Beth McLeod is an Emmy Award winner and American Fox-8 meteorologist, whose fame was to be the wife of the famous American sports producer and game announcer for the NBA’s “Cleveland Cavaliers”, Fred McLeod.

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Early life and family

Beth McLeod was born Elizabeth Heather Henningsen on March 31, 1965 in Bay Village, Ohio, USA to parents Richard Henningsen and Martha Ann Henningsen. Her family lived in her hometown until Beth was in 1st year, then moved to Detroit because her father was working for Detroit Diesel at that time, and she spent most of her childhood there.


She graduated from Northville High School in Northville, Michigan, and graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. Later, she earned a master’s degree in meteorology from Mississippi State University.


Her first television job was at CBS Sports in New York, but she later worked at WDIV in Detroit, Michigan for over 17 years. In addition to covering traffic news for the station from 1995 to 2008, she was one of the Michigan Lottery hosts, handing out lucky winning numbers in the daily broadcast draw for 15 years with Aggie Usely and Darryl Wood. , until they were replaced by an automated talking machine in 2012.

Beth quit the traffic news department so she could have more time with her husband, who was the Cleveland Cavaliers play-by-play announcer. She began a career as a weather forecaster at WOIO in Cleveland, spending nearly 10 years working as a meteorologist, giving weather updates and explaining possible changes in the climate each day.

She currently works as a resident meteorologist for Fox 8 News Channel in Cleveland.

Private life

She was married to Fred McLeod for 28 years before his death. They met in the NBA Finals while she was still working for CBS Sports – he found out she wanted to try broadcasting and was preparing an audition tape.

He helped her create her videotape, and throughout his help, one thing led to another. They started dating and married in 1991. It was his first marriage and Fred’s second – he had three children with his ex-wife.

In September 2019, her husband called her and told her he was not feeling well and would be driving from the golf course to the nearest hospital emergency room. She told him to pull over and wait for the 911 team she called to attend to him. That was the last time they could speak, as he died of a heart attack at the age of 67.

Beth currently resides in Ohio and is still struggling with the pain of losing her husband. Her work in Fox 8 keeps her busy and helps her move forward, but says in an interview that there is a hole in my heart.

Who is Fred McLeod?

Fred was born September 1, 1952 in Strongsville, Cleveland, Ohio to parents Fred McLeod Sr. and Marilyn McLeod. He spent most of his childhood in his hometown until his second year, when his family moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He enrolled in a local high school, then earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1974 from Point Park University, formerly known as Point Park College.

Fred McLeod

He was on the varsity baseball team in college as a pitcher, as his team qualified for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) World Series, the national association for small colleges in North America. .

In 1974, he began his career covering sporting events in St. Joseph, Missouri for KQTV, then moved to Steubenville, Ohio for WSTV. In 1979, he returned to Cleveland for WJKW-TV to be a sportscaster and play-by-play announcer for the city’s baseball team, the Cleveland Indians. Impressed by his comments, Fred was offered a job in San Francisco, California, doing the same for KPIX-TV covering the Oakland Athletics.

In the 1980s, WJBK managed to bring him back to the East by offering him a job in Detroit, Michigan as a sportscaster, and later he transferred to WDIV. In 1984, the NBA team, the Detroit Pistons, hired him to call their games, giving detailed accounts of games for many years until he received a call in 2006 from Dan Gilbert, the majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Apparently, Dan was his former intern at WDIV, who after graduation bought out his mortgage company and eventually bought the NBA team. Fred was offered a job in Ohio and was apparently thrilled with the opportunity to become the voice of his hometown basketball games. He did so until his death in 2019.

Interesting facts

  • Beth requested that her husband’s body be autopsied so that his three children from his first wife would be informed of the cause of death, given that his relatives had a short life expectancy. Most of Fred’s parents had died in their 50s, and apparently the extra 10 years Fred had had was due to his healthy lifestyle. His arterial problem was genetic.
  • Beth owns a pair of dogs to accompany her and encourage her to live one day at a time.
  • She shares Fred’s story and his experience with the American Heart Association’s outreach program to get people to see a doctor.
  • She is active in her verified social media accounts. Her Twitter is @BethHMcLeod, Instagram is @bethmcleodfox8, YouTube is Beth McLeod and Facebook is @BethHMcLeod.


She is 1.67 m (5 ft 5 in) tall and weighs approximately 57 kg (125 lb). His shoe size is 6.5. She is Caucasian with long blonde hair and blue eyes.

Net value

Authoritative sources put Beth’s net worth at around $400,000 before her husband’s death; she may have benefited from his estate. She earns between $80,000 and $90,000 on average per year.

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