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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
  • RTA offers Ohio City travelers a new way to get around

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio City is becoming a popular place to live and play, especially for 20-somethings who prefer a downtown way of life, like Rakesh Guha. About 23 percent of all millennials, like Guha, don’t drive. That makes getting to Ohio City from downtown Cleveland an exercise in resourcefulness for the 23-year-old entrepreneur. “Sometimes I’d have to miss out but otherwise, I’d try and bike down or get an Uber or a cab or something,” Guha told Fox8’s Lorrie […]

  • Call For Action: Several things make latest scam so believable

    CLEVELAND — The search for free money is a constant on college campuses across the country; students apply for it while organizations and the Federal Government award it. That’s what makes the Grant Scam, or the promise of grant money in exchange for a tax payment, so believable—and it’s not just college kids who’ve fallen for it. “They were convincing enough to make me send my money,” laughed Tony Warren. The 62-year-old Clevelander’s name was one of several dozen on […]

  • Residents shocked to hear of armed robbery in Strongsville neighborhood

    STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — Strongsville’s High Point neighborhood is a world unto itself; it’s a place where residents feel safe. That’s why an armed robbery on Framingham Oval, early Friday morning, had some rethinking that sense of security they’ve long taken for granted. “I mean, yeah, that’s not something that sits very easy,” said Jim Kalin, who lived across the street from where the crime took place. Kalin and his wife, Pat, were among the first to move in 26 years […]

  • Former high school athletic trainer indicted, accused of inappropriate relationship with student

    MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — A former Mayfield High School athletic trainer has been indicted on 14 charges related to an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old female student. Detective Mark Justice from the Mayfield Village Police Department said Dean T. Ochi, a married father, had nude pictures of himself and of the teenage girl, who’s now 18, on his cell phone– pictures he’d taken himself. The detective told FOX 8 News reporter Lorrie Taylor the relationship began around Valentine’s Day of […]

  • Click to save: The secret behind online promo codes revealed

    If you’re a big online shopper than you know all about money saving promo codes; but do you know the secret behind their release? Stephanie Scott is a Cleveland art student who works part time as a videographer and editor. She loves a good promo code, and yet even she admitted, she can’t always find them. But that’s about to change because Call For Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor let her in on the “secret” of the promo code. “Having that […]

  • Authorities: Woman assaulted after caregiver abandons her to gamble

    CLEVELAND — The Horseshoe Casino’s Skywalk is a window above the world, a place where visitors escape the traffic below. Yet authorities told FOX 8’s Lorrie Taylor that it’s where a mentally-challenged woman was first left to fend for herself, by the very woman paid to keep her out of trouble. “She can’t take care of herself; that’s why she has a guardian,” said Colleen Reali, the Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor handling the case. Reali said the two women arrived […]

  • 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 […]