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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
  • Tallmadge man posed as model agency to solicit nude photos from underage girls, police say

    TALLMADGE, Ohio- Not far from the picturesque town square of Tallmadge, Ohio, a scheme to lure women and children into sending nude photos of themselves over the Internet, was unraveling at a 29-year-old man’s home, according to information found in an affidavit for a search warrant. The document said on June 17, an unsuspecting wife found a cell phone belonging to her husband. The 27-year-old woman told Tallmadge police she looked through it and found information that made it appear […]

  • How to prepare your home for this weekend’s rain

    This weekend’s heavy rains could cause water problems in homes that have never experienced them before. Easy free maintenance can reduce the chances of water getting in. For example, cleaning debris from window wells will allow rain to flow into the storm sewer from drains at the bottom of the well. For more examples of how to weather upcoming storms, check out Lorrie Taylor’s story above. Stay up-to-date with our brand new *Fox 8 Weather App*by clicking on the link below—> *Download […]

  • ODOT beginning eight new road resurfacing projects in Cleveland in coming days

    CLEVELAND- Orange barrel season is a challenge for motorists trying to navigate the streets of downtown Cleveland and it’s about to get worse. The Ohio Department of Transportation is about to begin eight new road resurfacing projects over the next few days. (More details on the projects and traffic changes here.) Motorists must continue to manage the biggest road block posed by the redesign of Public Square, which resulted in the closing of Ontario and Superior Avenue as through streets. […]

  • Property tax relief program could help homeowners with storm damage

    EASTLAKE – Susan McCullough’s Eastlake home has come a long way since early Tuesday morning when a backyard tree tore through its roof. “It woke me out of a sound sleep and it was a heck of a boom,” said McCullough. She was still waiting for an insurance adjuster to estimate the cost of repairs as blue tarp covered parts of the missing house. McCullough was hoping her homeowners policy would cover the majority of her expenses but that’s not the […]

  • Many merchants opposed to West Side Market extending, changing hours

    CLEVELAND – Change may be coming to Cleveland’s West Side Market and that has some of its merchants fuming. Cleveland’s oldest public market has become a victim of modern day lifestyles; its limited hours of operation and four day schedule of Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays doesn’t provide the flexibility most working people demand. “Times are changing,” said Ryan Sheppard, President of the Tenants Association and owner of Frank’s Bratwurst. Sheppard said it’s imperative merchants find ways to compete with […]

  • North Canton police alert residents after woman tries to con 88-year-old

    NORTH CANTON, Ohio- North Canton police are issuing a warning regarding a pair of con artists working in and around their community. Betty Feller, 88, was one of their intended victims, but she proved too clever for the would-be thieves. Feller told Fox8’s Lorrie Taylor that a Hispanic woman, small in build with salt and pepper hair pulled into a ponytail, knocked on her door Thursday around 4:30. Mrs. Feller said the woman, who was wearing a fuchsia top and […]

  • Local resident scammed on Craigslist attempting to buy tickets to Game 4

      CLEVELAND – Cavs fever is contagious and the closer Cleveland gets to a championship the easier it is to catch. Matt Morrow from Hartville is living proof. The father of two wanted to surprise his wife, and thought what better way, than to take her to Game 4 of the NBA finals. “I was going to get them for my wife’s birthday, which was Saturday,” he told Call For Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor. He found a seller on Craigslist advertising […]

  • Dash cam shows 80-year-old’s high-speed chase through Euclid

    EUCLID – Constance Vitantonio, 80, was bright and early for her Wednesday appearance in Willoughby Municipal Court. Euclid police documented her driving on dash cam the previous Saturday morning just before noon. Police told Fox 8’s Lorrie Taylor Vitantonio was behind the wheel of a red car, seen on dash cam video, going more than 90 miles an hour. “I couldn’t believe it was happening. I was shocked it actually happened. I thought she was going to stop and talk to […]

  • I-Team: Follow-up on Cleveland’s pothole problems

    CLEVELAND – Cleveland’s battle against potholes continues, although one councilman says the potholes are winning while his residents are losing. Councilman Zack Reed took his concerns to the I-Team’s Lorrie Taylor, whose earlier investigations revealed serous failures within the Pothole Repair Program.

  • I-Team Exclusive: Neighbors speak about fight between Michael Brelo and brother

    BAY VILLAGE – Very few neighbors had any knowledge of the May 27 incident involving the Brelo brothers. Fox 8’s Lorrie Taylor spoke with several who lived on the Bay Village street. Only one had details to share.

  • Call for Action: couple gets wedding of their dreams after fire

    WOODMERE, Ohio – Chase and Nicole Oberfield got carried away with happiness Saturday night as they emerged from behind a curtain at Eton Chagrin Boulevard, the bride beaming as her groom carried her over his shoulder into the room.  The newly married couple was surrounded by those they loved most, while people they’d never met filled their day with memories made of magic. “I’ve been to a few weddings and this is one of the more beautiful weddings I ever […]

  • Authorities warning Northeast Ohioans about Craigslist rental scams

    PARMA – Authorities have a warning for Northeast Ohioans.  Several local people have been ensnared by a national Craigslist scam involving rental property. Roger Scheve, a Remax Beyond 2000 agent from Middleburg Heights, first discovered the con when his phone began ringing. “Two weeks ago I started getting these strange calls saying is this property for rent?” said Scheve. Scheve researched the caller’s claims and learned one of his listings was posted on Craigslist by someone using an Austin, Texas […]