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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    Edgewater Beach to get a makeover with brand new beach house

    CLEVELAND – Cleveland’s Edgewater Beach will have a new look by mid-2017. The old beach concession has been demolished, having just been torn down within the last week. This time next year, the view awaiting visitors who long ago grew accustomed to seeing the back end of a cinder block pavilion will change to a view of water, trees and sand. “We worked very hard at creating flow and drop off points and focal points,” said Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks […]

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    Charging cell phone starts fire in Painesville home: ‘It could have been in my face’

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio–  A Samsung phone went up in flames, causing damage to a home in Northeast Ohio. Painesville Fire Chief Mark Mlachak told Fox8 his investigators had probable cause to believe a Galaxy S7 Edge caught fire while charging inside a home at 409 South St. Clair. Owner Danielle Boutilier said she noticed a problem with the phone overheating immediately after buying it in July. She said complaints to Samsung fell on deaf ears. “I remember my heart hitting my stomach,” Boutilier […]

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    Avon Lake publishes map of addresses of ‘dangerous’ dogs

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    No delays in emergency care with Lakewood Hospital closing

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    Exclusive: Great-grandmother of child in viral overdose photo says he’s a happy little boy

    EAST LIVERPOOL – A little boy who was seen in a viral photo sitting in the backseat of an SUV while two adults overdosed in the front seat had a great upbringing, according to his great-grandmother. Barbara McCullough, 84, spoke exclusively with Fox 8 News, saying she raised the little boy for most of his life, but that his grandmother, Rhonda Pasek, was recently awarded custody because of McCullough’s age. The child’s mother battled with drug use, that is why McCullough was awarded […]

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    Why the medical marijuana law won’t go into effect right away in some Ohio cities

    Ohio’s new medical marijuana law goes into effect September 8th, at least in some cities. Several municipalities across Northeast Ohio have imposed moratoriums on House Bill 523, saying the law is missing important framework, such as rules and regulations. Fox 8’s Lorrie Taylor explains in the above story.

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    Man accused of looking up students’ skirts at Hathaway Brown School

    SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio– It was just after 3:30 on the afternoon of Friday, August 26, when the exclusive grounds of Hathaway Brown School were violated by someone pretending to be a welcome guest. According to Shaker Heights police, David Turner, 49, of Cleveland boldly entered the school on a visitor pass he later admitted to stealing. Witnesses told investigators they saw him “looking up the skirts of students and parents.” There was also surveillance video corroborating what eyewitnesses told police. […]

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    Woman killed after accident remembered by her family as an exceptional woman

    SOLON – A local family is grieving the loss of their loved one following her murder on a Solon street. 53-year-old Deborah Pearl was on her way to work at the Southeast Harley Davidson Diner Saturday morning. Solon police told Fox 8 a 29-year-old North Ridgeville man ran a red light at the intersection of Solon and Richmond Roads. Witnesses saw him crawl out from beneath his overturned Jeep with a rifle in hand and shoot Pearl outside her passenger […]

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    Local company assisting Clevelanders with home loans

    CLEVELAND – The Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland is saving homes and homeowners one mortgage at a time on Cleveland’s Broadway Avenue. “There’s numerous tools in the toolbox, many are expiring at the end of this year,” said Executive Director Lou Tisler. Tisler told Fox 8’s Lorrie Taylor the latest federal program going unnoticed by thousands of homeowners will lower interest rates and principal too. “This was a huge help for me,” said Mahria Harris, Director of Homeowner Services. Harris […]

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    South Euclid police searching for thief who stole more than $50K in tools

    SOUTH EUCLID – South Euclid police are asking for the public’s help in finding a thief. The man was caught by security cameras at the Simply Self Storage on Monticello Boulevard stealing a Mac Tool sales truck. Police told Fox 8 News Reporter Lorrie Taylor the suspect cut a hole in the fence and walked straight to the truck as if he had planned the crime. He can be seen on security video breaking an exit gate after several failed […]

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    Jackpot! People coming from miles away to play Queen of Hearts game at bowling alley

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    VIDEO: Microburst hits Geneva winery, tosses furniture and sends glass flying

    GENEVA, Ohio– A few seconds is all it took for a microburst to shut down a Geneva winery over the weekend. Video shot by a security camera at the Laurello Vineyard on State Route 307 showed the collapsed cloud dropping from the sky at 5:15 Saturday evening, its powerful wind pulling furniture toward it before shoving everything in its path in the opposite direction. “The sound was horrific,” said Danielle DiDonato, the winery’s manager, “I was carrying a case of wine […]