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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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  • Wicked weather fallout: Lightning strike destroys mansion

    MORELAND HILLS, Ohio — A Moreland Hills mansion was left in ruins after storms rolled across Northeast Ohio Sunday afternoon. Chagrin Falls Fire Chief Frank Zugan told FOX 8 lightning struck the roof of a $2 million home on Rydalwood Drive around 4:40 pm. A Moreland Hills police officer, who was on patrol, responded to an alarm and saw flames pouring from the roof above the garage. According to Chief Zugan, the home’s owner, unaware of the fire, was unable […]

  • Police say store employee did the right thing during carjacking

    UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — University Heights police continued to search for a gunman who carjacked and robbed a Macy’s employee at the University Square parking garage on July 2nd around 8:00pm. The 51-year-old victim called 911 for help. “I just got held up with a gun. He took my car and my wallet.” Police said the man was taking his nightly break while sitting in his car. The suspect seemed harmless after he first approached the man’s car. “He asked […]

  • Deals on wheels: GM offers deals to attract customers

    The month of June has been good to General Motors. Despite a rash of recalls, sales hit a monthly high not seen since 2007. Brand loyalty, the likes of which Naomi Farmer said she’d experienced all her life, may have been one reason why. Farmer leased a new Equinox last year. Despite recalls dating back to January of 2014 that involved millions of automobiles, the Brook Park woman said she expected to make her next new car purchase in a […]

  • RNC site selection committee works out details in return trip to CLE

    CLEVELAND — The Republican National Convention’s site selection committee made a return visit to Cleveland on Monday. A spokesperson for Positively Cleveland told FOX 8 that the visit was off limits to the press; however, Jennifer Kramer confirmed committee members were in town to hammer out a few details, such as when the 2016 convention would be held. Dallas, Texas is the only other city competing for the Republican’s favor. “I think we’re going to clench it,” said a jubilant […]

  • Have an AC? Expert explains how to lower your cooling bill

    Are you wasting money when you turn on your air conditioner? If you haven’t taken a look at it lately, chances are good, the answer is yes. Dan Crowell from Apple Blind and Sons is a 35-year veteran of the heating and cooling industry. He told FOX 8 News Call For Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor that a little backyard maintenance can reduce a cooling bill by as much as 30% percent while adding years to the life of a unit. […]

  • Change of plans may have saved lives when truck crashes into home

    CRESTON, Ohio — It was not a typical Monday morning at the home of Joy and Butch Wiles from Creston, Ohio. The couple was used to waking up to the smell of coffee; instead, their wake-up call literally shook them, and their children, from their beds. “We thought it was an explosion; we really did. It was that loud,” said Joy. What the family was actually hearing at 4:50 a.m., was the sound of a pickup truck driving through the […]

  • Next step in United’s plan put in place at Hopkins

    CLEVELAND– United Airlines continued to implement its plan to reduce flights to and from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at midnight on Wednesday when employees closed the gates to Concourse D.  The darkened stretch of building could be seen from the airport’s Cell Phone Lot while a once busy tarmac appeared abandoned. All personnel and planes had been consolidated with Concourse C by Thursday morning as United worked to reduce the size of its Cleveland operation. Airport Director Ricky Smith said […]

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    Crews respond to fire, possible explosion at vacant home

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Police and fire crews have responded to what they said appears to be an explosion at a vacant house on Cleveland’s east side. There were no reported injuries. The home is located in the 19800 block of Kildeer Avenue, and the incident happened just after 2:30 p.m. Monday. Officials say it appears there was an explosion, which then caused a fire in the home. When crews arrived, there was fire in the basement and on the second […]

  • Call For Action: 5 Signs That Could Signal the End of Your Job

    Are you about to lose your job? More importantly, is there anything you can do to save yourself? Kendra Wheeler, 27, was about a year out of college when her first job as a PR professional started going south, through no fault of her own. “The workload started to change. It was starting to get very light,” she told FOX 8 Call For Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor, as she looked back on her career. Wheeler did not know it at […]

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    Severe Storms Aftermath: Summit Co. Declares State of Emergency

    SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio– A state of emergency has been declared in Summit County following Monday’s wicked weather. That could mean desperately-needed funds for residents whose uninsured property was damaged during the storms. Summit County’s Emergency Management Agency is collecting damage assessment reports in case the state or federal government agrees to provide emergency funds. If you have uninsured losses, you’re asked to call your local city hall. Here are the phone numbers:

  • Here’s What To Do if Your Basement Floods

    Basements all across Northeast Ohio were flooded after Monday night’s storms. When water invades the basement, you have to move fast to prevent mold. The U.S. EPA has recommendations to make the clean-up more effective. **Remove excess water with mops or wet vacs. **Move wet items to a dry and well-ventilated area to expedite drying. **Move rugs and pull up areas of wet carpet. **Open closet and cabinet doors to increase circulation. **Move furniture away from walls to increase circulation. […]

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    College Payoff: Beware of Certain Sites During Free Money Search

    CLEVELAND– 18-year-old Derrick Simpson is a man with a plan. He graduates from Cleveland’s School of the Arts in just a few weeks and the rest of his life is all mapped out. “I have to go to college. I have to be successful. That’s what I tell myself every day, like I just have to go,” he told FOX 8’s Lorrie Taylor. Simpson insisted he also has to pay his own way, or as much of it as he […]