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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.

Recent Articles
  • Ikea still considering Cleveland for new store location

    CLEVELAND – Word is spreading across the north coast; IKEA is taking another look at Northeast Ohio. According to Cleveland.com, the Plain Dealer Publishing Company has “signed a contract to sell 16 acres in the suburb of Brooklyn to IKEA.” The land under contract reportedly sits north of the Plain Dealer’s Tiedeman Road plant on I-480. No one from the newspaper returned Fox8’s call for comment, although Brooklyn’s Director of Development did confirm IKEA had been investigating. According to an […]

  • Shoppers and stores prepare as ‘Panic Saturday’ approaches

    CLEVELAND – Panic Saturday is suitably named; sales rival those of Black Friday, which means big crowds and big deals. “It’s going to be crazy, so we tried to come today while it’s a little quieter,” said Kuona Wade, a Maple Heights mother of two. “We’re gonna make sure we get finished today so we don’t panic on Saturday with everybody else,” she laughed while shopping with her two young daughters at Strongsville’s SouthPark Mall. Wade, like many shoppers, took […]

  • Miracle, a Shepherd mix rescued (12/17/14)Pic courtesy: FOX 8 News

    Hoping for a Christmas ‘Miracle’ for pup found close to death

    CLEVELAND- A local animal rescue group is working to save the life of a young pup, who was severely neglected and close to death. They’re hoping for a Christmas miracle for the Shepherd mix named Miracle. A resident saw her under a porch and knew she needed help right away. The pup, who is about a year old, weighed 14 pounds, when she should weigh closer to 40 pounds. When a volunteer brought her to Secondhand Mutts on Dec. 15, […]

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    Nate Summerfield admits to killing estranged girlfriend, sentenced to prison

    ASHLAND, Ohio-An Ashland man has admitted to killing his estranged girlfriend during their summer vacation back in July of 2012. 29-year-old Nate Summerfield entered a plea of guilty to second degree murder and kidnapping in a Dare County, North Carolina courtroom Monday morning. He will spend the next 30-to-39 years in prison for stabbing and strangling 33-year-old Lynn Jackenheimer of Ashland. The couple was vacationing on Hatteras Island with her young children. Summerfield returned the children to family in Ashland […]

  • People asked to check credit card statements after identity theft ring busted

    Lieutenant Matt Neil of the Montville Police Department is a lot closer to his latest case of credit card fraud than he typically is when investigating a crime; that’s because the first report of a stolen card he received on Monday—was his own. “On Monday I was working and I was notified by my credit card company that my card had been fraudulently used at an Office Max in Wadsworth, Ohio and a Bed, Bath and Beyond,” he told Fox […]

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    Animal rights group rallies outside hearing of accused dog killer

    ELYRIA, Ohio- Fifty-year-old accused dog killer Joel Ruth arrived at Elyria’s Municipal Courthouse to a welcome as loud as it was angry. Members of Nitro Foundation staged a peaceful rally prior to the LaGrange man’s pretrial hearing in an effort to bring attention to his case, as well as, the need for stiffer penalties for those who knowingly cause serious harm or death to a companion animal. Currently the penalty for such an offense is a misdemeanor of the first […]

  • Tamir Rice shooting investigation: Details on the officers involved released

    CLEVELAND- A use of deadly force investigation is now underway following the officer-involved shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Early Wednesday, the Cleveland Division of Police released the video at the family’s request of the shooting that took place outside the Cudell Rec Center Saturday afternoon. The names of the officers involved were also released.  They are Timothy Loehmann, age 26, appointed to the force in March 2014, and Frank Garmback, 46, appointed to the force in February 2008. Garmback was […]

  • Pinched at the post office: Are you paying more than everyone else?

    Are you paying more to mail your cards and invitations than everyone else? Before you answer, take a look at what the I-Team’s undercover cameras found. Lorrie Taylor put the United States Postal Service to the test, and what she found may surprise you.

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    Bridal shop owner on Amber Vinson’s refund request: ‘It is a big slap in the face’

    AKRON-Nearly a month after she temporarily closed her bridal shop over an Ebola scare, a local bridal shop owner gets another shock. Back in October, the owner of ‘Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal,’ made the decision to close after Amber Vinson visited the store during a trip to Ohio. Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola just days after her visit to Ohio. The bridal shop reopened a few weeks later after bringing in a professional cleaning company to sterilize the store […]

  • Skip the line: Some Black Friday deals are already out

    Black Friday door busters have long been the gold standard of discounts; but savvy shoppers, like Liz Savage from Berea, are no longer waiting for Thursday or Friday to snag a deal. That’s because a lot of retailers, like Best Buy, are making them available right now. “The guys told me this is the price that it’s gonna be,” said Savage, just after closing a deal on a 55” Samsung TV with a curved screen. The Berea grandmother told Call […]

  • Housekeeper accused of stealing from well-to-do clients in NE Ohio

    A housekeeper for the well-to-do of Northeast Ohio is accused of stealing from her clients and investigators said they think there could be more victims. According to Lake County Deputy Chris Cichon, Irena Sienkowska, 45, from Chardon, didn’t go looking for her victims; they came looking for her after spotting an ad she had placed on a popular website for housekeeping services. He told FOX 8 News reporter Lorrie Taylor that Sienkowska had expensive taste when it came to her […]

  • Picture proof? FOX 8 I-Team confronts Browns fan accused of dumping

    An Olmsted Falls man remembered to flush; the problem, according to members of the Environmental Task Force, is that he did it all over the Municipal Parking Lot. David Hinzman, 46, is accused of dumping his entire RV septic tank onto the pavement during October’s Browns vs Steelers game. FOX 8 I-Team reporter Lorrie Taylor confronted the RV owner with questions as he entered Cleveland’s Municipal Court Wednesday morning. “Dave, can you at least tell us why would you dump […]