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Lorrie is a nationally recognized investigative reporter whose work has saved lives, changed Ohio law and put criminals behind bars.

Lorrie Taylor is the recipient of a National Edward R. Murrow Award, one of broadcast journalism's highest honors. She also holds two National Headliner Awards, five regional Murrow's and several regional Emmy's. Lorrie has been honored by the society of Professional Journalists with two first place awards for her work in the areas of Criminal Justice and the Environment. Lorrie has also been recognized by the Newspaper Guild of America for her work on behalf of troubled viewers.

After 24 years at Fox8 News, seven with the award winning Fox8 News I-Team, Lorrie now heads the Call for Action Unit where she works to educate consumers and solve their problems. After viewers complained their homes were being stolen, Lorrie exposed a local real estate company's practice of taking homes from the poor and elderly. Her series of investigations led to the conviction and imprisonment of both company owners. An investigation of shoddy home improvements made through Cleveland's Repair A Home Program prompted the city to open an investigation into work done on more then three dozen houses with a pledge by city officials to repair any problems found.

Lorrie has traveled the world on behalf of viewers in need of her help. A local physician and a Catholic Priest both received life saving kidney transplants after Lorrie investigated the government's refusal to grant medical visas to their donors. Lorrie also helped reunite an Army veteran with his Vietnamese wife after the woman was denied entry into the United States.

Lorrie's investigative work led to substantial reforms of the Ohio Athletic Commission and a change in Ohio law after uncovering State Official's failure to protect amateur boxers from unknowingly competing against professionals. Lorrie also exposed a case of mistaken identity by the State of Ohio that forced a mentally challenged man to live without his family for thirty years. He's now been reunited with his loved ones.

Prior to joining WJW in 1984, Lorrie worked at WRCB in Chattanooga, Tennessee as a host and field producer for PM Magazine. Lorrie also worked as an anchor, reporter and weather forecaster during her time at the station.

Lorrie is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Society of Environmental Journalists, The Society of Professional Journalists and The Cleveland Press Club. Lorrie was also the recipient of a 2006 fellowship from the Society of Environmental Journalists and is a former Board of Governor for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


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  • Low-cost flights with fees for extras: It is worth it?

    CLEVELAND- Low-cost airlines advertise savings of up to 50 percent, but those deals come at a cost. Fox8’s Lorrie Taylor says you’ll pay extra for the smallest convenience so do your math before booking.

  • City leaders address Cleveland’s pothole problems

    CLEVELAND — It’s like a real-life game of dodge-ems on the streets of Cleveland, where potholes are eating away at the pavement. Anthony Williams of Cleveland says it’s all he can do to stay in the game. “What are you seeing out there?” asked Fox 8’s Lorrie Taylor. “Potholes that deep, that deep, all over the place, look out there,” he said, waving his arm toward the intersection of East 55th and St. Clair. Last year, more than a thousand […]

  • Pet tax deductions you may not know about

    NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio- Are you one of the millions of people who count dogs and cats as members of the family?  If so, you may be entitled to tax deductions you’ve never heard of before. Les Szarka, from Szarka Financial in North Olmsted, said not every animal’s expenses qualify, but it could pay to know which ones do. For instance, Jane McCroskey and her husband have been fostering dogs and cats for the Public Animal Welfare Society or PAWS, which […]

  • FOX 8 exclusive: Former Brimfield police chief breaks silence on sexual harassment suit

    BRIMFIELD, Ohio-  Brimfield Township’s former chief of police, known for his big personality and even bigger Facebook following, is being sued for sexual harassment.  David Oliver, 47, had been silent since retiring from his position in mid-January.  He stepped down from his post citing health concerns following a two week unpaid suspension related to the department’s gender-based discrimination policy. “I am looking forward to getting some witnesses under oath and getting my side of the story out,” Oliver told I-Team […]

  • Popular summer festival canceled for good due to lack of funds

    CLEVELAND – Summer fun was virtually guaranteed at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Festival on South Euclid’s Green Road for more than 35 years. “My husband and I went,” said councilwoman Ruth Gray. She remembers families from across the community gathering beneath the lights of the carnival rides. “I know a lot of neighbors attend,” she said. But the family atmosphere began changing in 2013 when a flash mob broke out and arrests were made.   In 2014 teenagers, mostly from […]

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    Police identify suspect, offer $5k reward in deadly barbershop shooting

    WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio– Investigators first told Fox 8 I-team reporter Lorrie Taylor that a suspect had been identified in the fatal shootings at Chalk Linez barbershop on Harvard Avenue on Feb. 5. Police confirmed that Douglas Charles Shine, Jr., also known as “Duke” or “Little Duke,” is the suspect in question and police are searching for him. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact police. He is considered to be very dangerous and anyone who comes into contact with […]

  • Busted: Two accused car thieves arrested after crimes caught on camera

    FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio- Fairview Park police apprehended two suspected car thieves on Monday thanks to the help of Fox8 viewers and other police agencies. Investigators said arrest warrants were issued for Charles Morris, 46, of Cleveland and Rashaud Smith, 33, of Euclid.  They said the men could be seen in security video driving tow trucks onto the Lorain Road lot of Complete Auto Repair Service in November and stealing two cars. The suspects hooked up a 1999 Ford Taurus and […]

  • Need a getaway? Here’s how you can save big on vacations in 2015

    CLEVELAND – Want to travel soon, but don’t want to pay too much? That might be possible here in Northeast Ohio. New airlines coming to Cleveland are ready to compete for prices, and that makes saving money even easier. Angie McClure from Cleveland’s Canary Travel says despite predictions of fewer seats and more costly airline fees, airfare is getting cheaper for customers. Watch Lorrie Taylor’s video above for more. Click here for more ways to save money.

  • Residents in Port Clinton could face charges for sidewalks covered with snow

    PORT CLINTON, Ohio – Port Clinton olice are cracking down on property owners who haven’t cleared snow from their sidewalks, and violators could face charges. After several rounds of snowfall, sidewalks in front of some homes remained buried under more than a foot of snow. “Unfortunately, when people don’t take it upon themselves to clean their sidewalks, that’s when we have to get involved,” Port Clinton Police Det. Sgt. Corbin Carpenter said. Friday, officers began going door to door in […]

  • How to cut costs and still catch your favorite TV shows

    It’s one of the most painful bills to pay because you know you don’t need it, but you just can’t help it. But what if you could get rid of your cable or satellite TV without missing your favorite shows? Call for Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor has details in the video above. **CLICK HERE for more of Lorrie’s money-saving reports**

  • Garfield Heights Mayor responds to resident’s complaint about unplowed streets

    GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio- Digging out on Monday morning was a daunting challenge for Northeast Ohioans following eight to 12 inches of snowfall in a 24-hour period. On East 98th Street in Garfield Heights, residents like Alex Papesh struggled to free their cars from the mounded snow; some were hopelessly stuck.  Papesh said it wasn’t the first time plows had failed to show on his dead end street. “It’s something we’ve kind of dealt with a pretty long time,” he told […]

  • Man charged after dead dog found hanged in empty tractor-trailer

    LORAIN, Ohio — A man has been charged with a horrific crime after a dog was found hanging from the side of a parked tractor-trailer Saturday. According to police reports, officers responded to an animal cruelty call in the Euclid Avenue/River Industrial Parkway area just before 11 p.m. Police say John Wayne Daughney took the dog’s life and is charged with killing or injuring animals and cruelty to companion animals, which are misdemeanors in Ohio. When they arrived, officers found […]