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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
  • Christina Melaragno (Courtesy: Westlake police)

    Assisted living director accused of stealing pain meds from elderly residents

    WESTLAKE, Ohio- A local executive has been arrested, accused of stealing from her elderly clients. Gardens at Westlake director, Christina Melaragno, 41, has been charged with burglary. Westlake police said the Gates Mills woman used her position to take advantage of residents, entering their rooms and stealing their pain medications. Capt. Guy Turner with Westlake police said, “We’ve taken six reports since November of last year, that patients either had their painkillers, such as Vicodin, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone stolen outright or […]

  • Bridal shop owner explains why store is still closed after Vinson’s visit

    AKRON- The doors are closed until further notice at Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal on Tallmadge Avenue in Akron; and for the first time in 20 years, no one knows when they’ll re-open. “Right now our voice mail system has 800 messages on it,” said owner, Don Younker. He told FOX 8 News Reporter Lorrie Taylor no bride will be denied her wedding gown.  He was loading customer orders for delivery Monday afternoon.  Younker said he was not in the […]

  • Jason Goudlock

    Convicted robber asks for early release from prison to see LeBron James play

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — An Ohio inmate is petitioning for an early release from prison, in part, because he wants to watch LeBron James play basketball. Jason Goudlock, 39, is a former Clevelander who has served nearly 21 years for aggravated robbery. He’s approaching his fifth time before the Ohio Parole Board and is currently incarcerated in the Toledo Correctional Institution. Goudlock was sent to prison back in 1994 after being convicted of aggravated robbery and felonious assault in Cuyahoga County. […]

  • Man’s amazing message after being robbed at loved one’s grave

    CLEVELAND- Holy Cross Cemetery on Cleveland’s Brookpark Road is a place where 66-year-old Noel Mercado of Cleveland finds solace.  It’s where he goes every Sunday without fail, to spend time with his longtime partner, whose battle with cancer ended last April. Mercado told FOX 8’s Lorrie Taylor he noticed the two troublesome-looking characters near his loved one’s grave this past weekend; one even asked him for a light, but he refused to make any judgments. “I hate to stereotype,” said […]

  • Starting over: Hit-and-run victim learns to live all over again

    CLEVELAND-Every day is like starting over for 35-year-old Jennifer Jeffery. She told FOX 8 News every minute is a new experience, as she learns to live without her left leg and a pelvis that’s been broken in two places. “Right now I’m just taking it one day at a time,” she told Fox8’s Lorrie Taylor while sitting in a wheelchair inside MetroHealth Medical Center. Jeffery was taken there after an alleged drunk driver plowed into her and other members of […]

  • Police: Woman seriously injured when driver hits motorcyclists

    CLEVELAND– An accused hit-and-run driver is in jail after witnesses said she plowed into a local motorcycle club Thursday night. Ella Carson, 40, is charged with hit-skip and aggravated vehicular assault. According to members of the Broken City Motorcycle Club, the group was enjoying a Thursday night cruise along Detroit Avenue near West 104th when they saw an oncoming car go left of center. “I was scared,” said Macho Cedeno, who was leading the pack of 20 riders. “When I […]

  • Driver, biker give different accounts of dirt bike hit-and-run

    CHERRY VALLEY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Authorities say they know who’s responsible for a hit and run accident that sent a teenage dirt bike rider flying into an Ashtabula County cornfield on Tuesday. A 15-year-old boy told investigators from the Ohio State Highway Patrol a Chevy 1500 pickup truck was driving toward him in the oncoming lane of Dodgeville Road in Cherry Valley Township, south of Ashtabula.  The teen said he used an obscene gesture as the truck passed him.  He […]

  • 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 […]