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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    BEACHWOOD – Traveling above the posted speed limit is risky business in the city of Beachwood. Police Chief Keith Winebrenner says there`s no reason for his officers to lurk in the shadows or hide behind bridges as long as they`re equipped with laser technology. “So from a far distance, its 2,000 feet, you can get the speed on a car, make and license plate and then be waiting for the person as they come to you,” he told Fox 8’s Lorrie Taylor. […]

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    Avon police chief says department is not running a speed trap

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    Belden Village ‘speed trap’? Sure we’re there, says Ohio Highway Patrol, but we’re in full view

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    ITEAM: speed trap or needed surveillance in Independence?

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    Caught in a trap? I-Team takes a look at where police are waiting for you to speed

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    Sharon Budd’s husband fights to save lives on highways: ‘It’s almost like paying it forward’

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    Coalition makes several demands in response to Tamir Rice decision

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    Driver accused of crashing into Amherst home, killing local mother appears in court

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    Styrofoam recycling a win for environment and employees at plant

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    Boston Heights officer helps push woman’s car that ran out of gas: ‘That’s what I’m here for’

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    Former Pepper Pike/East Cleveland police officer arrested for rape, stalking

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