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

    VERMILION, Ohio– A veteran of the Vermilion Police Department was busted for driving with a suspended license, although he almost got away with it. Captain Mike Reinheimer was stopped by an Erie County Sheriff’s deputy after a random license plate search showed he had two suspensions on his driver’s license. Reinheimer can be heard on body camera video asking the deputy to give him a break, even though most police agencies strictly forbid a motorist with a suspended license from […]

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    Pregnant woman shot to death in murder-suicide, unborn baby survives

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A pregnant woman was shot to death, but doctors were able to save her unborn child after an apparent murder-suicide Tuesday night. That’s according to Mary Scruggs, the mother of the suspected shooter, Chris Scruggs, 32. Chris was the victim’s fiance and high school sweetheart, Mary says. “He loved Chrissy and Chrissy loved him,” Mary said. Mary says her son struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; there were times when he wasn`t himself. “So you sensed there […]

  • Cleveland police union to raffle gun in fundraiser for officer accused of shooting teen

    CLEVELAND- The Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Union has come under fire for raffling off a Glock pistol to raise money for an officer accused of shooting an unarmed teenager. The mother of 18-year-old Brandon Jones told Fox 8’s Lorrie Taylor the Aug. 8 fundraiser makes a mockery of her son’s death. A flier, posted in the Cuyahoga County Justice Center, advertises a fundraiser at the CPPA Memorial Hall. For a $20 donation, attendees are entered to win a Glock 26 and […]

  • Home security cameras catch terrifying attack, robbery inside Ohio City house

    A Saturday night home invasion in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood was caught on security camera.  The video showed two armed burglars breaking into 32-year-old Heather Duffield’s house and pistol whipping a friend who was inside. One of the gunmen took his mask off after tying up Duffield’s friend and pushing him into a back bedroom.  The other man was so careless with his face covering, he had very little protection from the camera’s infrared lens.  Crystal-clear pictures aren’t the only […]

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    Petition calls for charges against two Cleveland officers in shooting of Tamir Rice

    CLEVELAND- Activists calling for charges against the two Cleveland police officer involved in the death of Tamir Rice delivered a petition to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday. The demonstrators marched from the Free Stamp at Willard Park to the Cuyahoga County Justice Center. “This really comes down to how we treat one another and how we respect one another, and if we engage with each other in fear, we`re going to continue to kill each other,” Carmen Lane, […]

  • Richfield wedding planner accused of stealing $25k from customers appears in court

    RICHFIELD – A Richfield wedding planner was escorted into court Wednesday morning, accused of stealing thousands of dollars from his clients. 31-year-old Cory Friedman of Twinsburg surrendered to Richfield Police Monday and spent the night in the Summit County Jail. Investigators said Friedman stole $25,000 from former customers who complained they’d paid for services they never received. Fox 8’s Lorrie Taylor reports at least 30 people said they’d been victimized by the wedding planner, police suspect there may be more.

  • Police: Woman posed as Walmart manager to steal prepaid debit cards

    STRONGSVILLE, Ohio–  A Cleveland woman is accused of impersonating a Walmart employee while stealing thousands of dollars in prepaid debit cards.  Police said she hit more than one store, including the Pearl Road location in Strongsville. Walmart security video played a big role in her apprehension.  Fox8’s Lorrie Taylor has all the details in the video above.

  • Chattanooga shooting suspect briefly worked at Perry Nuclear Power Plant

    NORTH PERRY, Ohio- The man suspected of killing four U.S. Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee spent a short time working at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Lake County, Ohio. Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, shot and killed four Marines, and wounded three more people on Thursday. The shootings happened at a military recruiting center and a Navy operations center. He was killed in police gunfire. Continuing coverage of the Tennessee shooting here Abdulazeez was “briefly and conditionally” employed at the Perry […]

  • I-Team: 14-year-old boy hoping to learn about county government records altercation at courthouse

    *Warning: The video above may be disturbing to some* RICHLAND COUNTY, Ohio– Exclusive video obtained by the FOX 8 I-Team, which shows a security officer firing a gun inside a Richland County Commissioner’s meeting, has sparked outrage across social media and the rest of the community. The photographer who captured the dramatic footage spoke only to the I-Team’s Lorrie Taylor about how close he came to being shot.  Hunter Whistler, 14, said his mother took him to the meeting to […]

  • I-Team: video of altercation and gunshot between Richland County security officers and journalist

     ***some may find this video disturbing*** RICHLAND COUNTY, Ohio – The Fox8 News I-Team has obtained video shot inside a Richland County Commissioner’s meeting where a gun went off last Thursday. I-Team reporter Lorrie Taylor said it provides a disturbing view of what took place.  Some who witnessed the melee told her the Richland County Sheriff misrepresented what led up to the fight between two security officers and 58-year-old Michael Skidmore from Shelby, Ohio, who writes for an online paper. […]

  • Battle brewing across Northeast Ohio over proposed pipeline project

    A battle is brewing across northeast Ohio between an energy company with a proposed pipeline project and property owners who want nothing to do with it. Tim Dundr, who lives along Medina’s Hidden Acres Drive, said he knew he’d found paradise when he bought his home on two acres in 2013.  Then, a year ago, he and his neighbors received a letter from the developers of the Nexus Gas Transmission Project saying their properties might be within or very near […]

  • Local insurance company may be first to offer protection to parents of children who bully online

    CLEVELAND – The continued outcry against online bullying has led many in the public to realize how that kind of cruelty can lead to serious consequences. It can also lead to legal action against parents who may not know how their children are conducting themselves on social media sites. Westfield Insurance put some customers with homeowners policies on notice of a revision to their policies that will cover them against online bullying and acts of electronic aggression. The notice began […]