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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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    NORWALK – An 88-year-old cancer patient has been ordered to leave her Norwalk apartment because management objects to her companion animal. Mary Burkett has been given 45 days to pack up and get out. A representative from Colinwood LLC can be heard on a recorded phone conversation saying the elderly woman’s young dog must be “trained” to qualify as a companion animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act. While that may be true, Cleveland Attorney Jeff Friedman, who participated in the […]

  • Coroner confirms human bones found in fire pit of Ashtabula County house

    ROAMING SHORES, Ohio– The Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office confirmed to FOX 8’s Suzanne Stratford Thursday night that bones found in a fire pit are human bones, from one, possibly two bodies. At about 9 a.m. Thursday, narcotics officers entered a home on Route 6 in Roaming Shores. The Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office said they took one person into custody in connection with a drug investigation. During their search, they found bones in a backyard fire pit and in the woods […]

  • Clearview school bus routes changed due to pothole issues throughout Lorain

    LORAIN – Pothole riddled roads were so bad in one Lorain neighborhood, school buses wouldn’t stop there. Blame it on holes in the pavement along Lorain’s West 38th Street. They’ve become so deep the Clearview School District moved its bus stops farther away. One fourth grader who lives on Lexington Avenue and attends classes in the Clearview District now has to walk three blocks along a busy street with no sidewalk. His mother, who asked their names not be used, […]

  • New development in case of woman who died in Cleveland Heights jail

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio– There is a new development in the death of a 37-year-old woman who died while in the custody of Cleveland Heights police. Jail records show confusion over the amount of prescription medication Ralkina Jones of Cleveland was given while behind bars from Friday, July 24 to Sunday, July 26. The medical examiner has not ruled on a cause of death; although he said there were no suspicious injuries to her body. Fox 8’s Lorrie Taylor has details […]

  • Akron judge has harsh words for drug dealer

    AKRON, OH –  A tough talking judge tried to get the attention of a repeat offender in Akron Municipal Court by suggesting society would be better off without him; now the whole community is listening. Retired Barberton Judge Michael Weigand was presiding as a visiting judge over arraignments on June 30 when 21-year-old Keith Waterbeck of Akron came before him. Waterbeck’s rap sheet included twelve cases dating back to 2011, including the domestic violence conviction that had him in court. Judge […]

  • Police identify victim of murder-suicide as Akron special needs teacher

    SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Police from Springfield Township and Doylestown Wednesday provided an update on a suspected murder-suicide. Officers discovered the body of a woman at a house on Moonlight Drive in Springfield Township early Tuesday. Police said the woman has been identified as Jennifer Abshire, 44, who was a special-needs teacher in Akron. She taught for 16 years for Akron Public Schools; the past nine years were spent teaching at Betty Jane CLC Elementary School. Jennifer’s mother, Susan Carroll, […]

  • Residents on one North Olmsted street under water again

    NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio- Monday night’s downpour left some in our community pumping water from their basements. It was especially bad on one North Olmsted street where residents said it wasn’t the first time they’d been left to stand in water. Residents expressed certainty the city’s sewer system was to blame for the damage to their basements.  The city’s safety and service director wasn’t so sure. Mayor Kevin Kennedy said people living on Marion Road were provided with questionnaires a couple […]

  • Pipeline company scores a victory in fight to access private properties

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  • Euclid K-9 officer retires before 11th birthday

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  • Prisoner charged for attacking guard at Lorain County Jail

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  • I-Team: Body cam video released in case of woman who died in Cleveland Heights jail

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH – Cleveland Heights Police released body camera video of an arrest involving a woman who died in their jail on Sunday, July 26th. 37-year-old Ralkina Jones was arrested two days prior following a complaint by her ex-husband that she attacked him with a tire iron.  He also said Jones tried to run him over with her car after breaking the windows of his truck. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said an autopsy found no suspicious injuries on […]

  • Sheriff: Body cam video shows deputy giving officer ‘a break’ during traffic stop

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