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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
  • Housekeeper accused of stealing from well-to-do clients in NE Ohio

    A housekeeper for the well-to-do of Northeast Ohio is accused of stealing from her clients and investigators said they think there could be more victims. According to Lake County Deputy Chris Cichon, Irena Sienkowska, 45, from Chardon, didn’t go looking for her victims; they came looking for her after spotting an ad she had placed on a popular website for housekeeping services. He told FOX 8 News reporter Lorrie Taylor that Sienkowska had expensive taste when it came to her […]

  • Picture proof? FOX 8 I-Team confronts Browns fan accused of dumping

    An Olmsted Falls man remembered to flush; the problem, according to members of the Environmental Task Force, is that he did it all over the Municipal Parking Lot. David Hinzman, 46, is accused of dumping his entire RV septic tank onto the pavement during October’s Browns vs Steelers game. FOX 8 I-Team reporter Lorrie Taylor confronted the RV owner with questions as he entered Cleveland’s Municipal Court Wednesday morning. “Dave, can you at least tell us why would you dump […]

  • 39- year-old Veronica Brownlee (accused of Counterfeit)

    Police: Congressional staffer arrested with counterfeit money at Browns game

    CLEVELAND- An Ohio congressional staffer appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court Tuesday morning after police said they caught her with counterfeit money at Sunday’s Browns game.  39-year-old Veronica Brownlee, of Columbus, was arrested at First Energy Stadium after police found phony hundred dollar bills stuffed inside her shirt, coat pocket, sock and glove.  A beer vendor told investigators Brownlee was with a man who paid for his drink with a hundred dollar bill.  Brownlee told police she had no idea the […]

  • I-90 E crash- photo from Lorrie Taylor on 11/14/14

    All lanes reopened after semi crash on I-90E in Rocky River

    ROCKY RIVER, Ohio- I-90 East was reopened just before 7:30 p.m. Friday night after a semi crash had the area closed for hours. Assistant Fire Chief Darren Collins from Lakewood told Lorrie Taylor that a semi caught snow, over corrected and flipped. A second semi t-boned the first one. One driver was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center; the second driver was treated and released at the scene. It took several hours to remove the wreckage. Crews also cleaned up diesel […]

  • Who’s in and who’s out? Growing number of stores refuse to open on Thanksgiving

    It will be business as usual at Costco this holiday season; that means all locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. “Costco has never opened on Thanksgiving,” said Jenny DiGuardi, general manager of the Strongsville store. “Costco is a company that really believes in taking care of its employees,” she said. DiGuardi told Call For Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor there is no worry about lost profit at America’s second largest retailer. “We might lose a small amount of sales but […]

  • Something stinks in the muni lot: Browns fan in trouble for dumping

    CLEVELAND- A Browns tailgater is in serious trouble for allegedly polluting Cleveland’s muni lot on a scale never seen before. “We don’t want to see this dumping in our city,” said Detective Andy Ezzo from the Environmental Crimes Task Force. Ezzo said 46-year-old David Hinzman from Olmsted Falls was seen dumping the entire contents of his RV toilet tank in the muni lot on October 12th, when the Browns played the Pittsburgh Steelers. “You could see there was a lot […]

  • Money mistakes in your 60s

    Norm Talboo builds bodies; he builds cars; and he’s built an award-winning reputation for the work that’s coming out of Dunham AutoBody, the Maple Heights business he founded back in the 1970s. But building an investment portfolio?  That’s an art the72-year-old personal trainer and design engineer said he never mastered, especially as his retirement years began approaching. “Yea, I was starting to worry about it a little bit in my 60s,” he admitted to Call For Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor. […]

  • Money mistakes in your 50s

    Creating financial success is like making great pizza, every chef has their own recipe but without hard work and commitment there is no pay-off. Phil Pamphilis has earned a reputation for making one of Cleveland’s best pies as the owner of Papa Nick’s on Clifton Boulevard at West 115th Street, yet he’s still chasing that pot of gold called retirement at the age of 56. He says that’s in part because the Regional Transit Authority’s year-long construction project has nearly […]

  • Money mistakes in your 40s

    The world can be an uncertain place, despite our best efforts to be fully informed. That’s especially true when it comes to personal finance, just ask 46-year-old Kelley Drumm from Fairview Park. “I really wasn’t saving very well when I was younger,” she told Call for Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor, as she looked back on her 20s. Like a majority of Americans, Drumm took it for granted she had enough time to save when she was in her 20′s and […]

  • The biggest money mistakes you’ll make in your 30s

    Cecil Lipscomb is a competitor. Whether in business or in life, he sets goals and pushes hard; experience is his teacher. “I often think about not having the right people around me at that time,” the 43-year-old told ‘Call for Action’ Reporter Lorrie Taylor as he pondered the financial mistakes of his 30s. Lipscomb is Executive Director of the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland, an organization committed to helping others become financially literate. It’s a role that keeps him […]

  • The biggest money mistakes people make in their 20s

    CLEVELAND- Angela Masciarelli, 27, is living the good life in downtown Cleveland.  That’s what happens when you work hard to get where you are; although Masciarelli will be the first to tell you, she hasn’t worked nearly as hard saving for her future. “Right now it feels like I have time to put it off,” she told Call for Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor. Financial experts say that false sense of time is something Masciarelli shares with the majority of 20-somethings.  […]

  • 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 […]