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
  • Local women concerned about post-election health care options

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — America’s health care landscape is about to change; the question on the minds of many is, how? “I had concerns because I work in healthcare,” said Amy Schmidt, a patient health educator for University Hospitals. Schmidt was concerned women would lose guaranteed access to birth control should President-elect Donald Trump make good on his pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That’s the reason she scheduled an appointment to have her $1,500 IUD replaced early. The device […]

  • Real estate agents tour Moreland Hills home using virtual reality goggles

    BRECKSVILLE, Ohio– The eyes of the real estate world were focused on Northeast Ohio, thanks to a local agent’s creative use of virtual reality. Anthony Colantuono from Coldwell Banker Hunter Realty’s Brecksville office invited 120 agents to tour a $1 million estate in Moreland Hills while snacking on pizza 20 miles away. The agents strapped on Samsung Virtual Reality Goggles while sitting in a chair and walked the home as if they were standing inside of it. “Pretty cool, pretty incredible,” […]

  • Dozens of homes damaged by BBs in Stark, Tuscarawas counties; Three charged

    MASSILLON, Ohio– Tuscarawas and Stark counties were under fire this past weekend. Homes and cars were sprayed with BB pellets, leaving a trail of broken glass from Massillon to Beach City, through Strasburg and possibly New Philadelphia. “We heard noise in the kitchen,” said Chris Kirtley, “The cat and the dog went crazy so I came out and I looked.” Kirtley’s home on Green Avenue was one of 30 locations targeted in Massillon. He said it was about 12:30 a.m. […]

  • World Series Game 6 tickets could fetch for $4,000

    MEDINA, Ohio — The first five games of the 2016 World Series have been good to Scott Merk, owner of Merks Tickets in Medina. Game 6 will be a money maker, too, but the shelf life on Tuesday night tickets is considerably shorter given the game was never a certainty, and that will affect prices. Merk told Fox 8’s Lorrie Taylor he might have to charge less than he’d like to for tickets, given there’s not enough time to hold out for a better price. […]

  • Mayor calls passage of income tax Issue 32 ‘vital’ to Cleveland moving forward

    CLEVELAND – You can’t have a world-class city without basic services. Police and firefighters cost money, so do parks and snow removal. All are at risk, according to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, if residents don’t get behind Issue 32, a half percent increase in the income tax rate appearing on the November ballot. “This is the first income tax increase in 35 years,” Jackson told Fox8’s Lorrie Taylor. The Mayor said Cleveland was still reeling from the recession of 2008 when […]

  • Parma City Schools superintendent calls for audit after a $10 million clerical error

    PARMA- The Superintendent of the Parma City School District is calling for an independent audit of the district’s books. Superintendent Carl Hilling made the announcement Wednesday after a group of parents found a clerical error in the district’s budget. Parma School Treasurer Dave Crowley said the $10,200,000 error included money that should have been entered as a line item in a different column. Superintendent Hilling told FOX 8 News, the discovery doesn’t change the fact the district is still facing […]

  • Dick Goddard thanks everyone who wishes him well as he recovers from hip surgery

    FOX 8 viewers are showing their appreciation for our own Dick Goddard. Thousands of you took the time to stop by the FOX 8 tent at the Woollybear Festival, to sign a get-well card for Dick. The legendary weatherman is recovering from hip surgery following a fall at his home. “Thanks a lot for everybody who has wished me well and I appreciate it, and I’m going to get out of here as soon as I can; it’ll still take […]

  • Fans spending a lot of money to see Indians take on Red Sox

    Business is good at Amazing Tickets, a resale marketplace for event tickets in Mayfield Village, where Cleveland Indians tickets are being sold online. “Interest is at a red hot level,”said Mark Klang, company owner. His website, Indianstickets.com, is swamped with baseball-loving visitors now that the Cleveland Indians have clinched home-field advantage in the American League Division Series. Klang told Fox8’s Lorrie Taylor fans have been shelling out big bucks to see the Tribe’s first two games against Boston on Thursday […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Avon Lake publishes map of addresses of ‘dangerous’ dogs

    AVON LAKE, OH – Anyone who owns a dangerous dog in Avon Lake is going public whether they like it or not. City officials are posting pictures of dangerous dogs and their addresses online. The city has put together a map showing exactly where the animals live. “Residents wanted to know where these dogs were, what these dogs look like,” said Councilman David Kos. Kos said the map was born out of the city’s vicious dog law. It was created […]

  • No delays in emergency care with Lakewood Hospital closing

    LAKEWOOD, Ohio– Lakewood’s emergency medical care is under attack from residents concerned the closing of Lakewood Hospital will put lives at risk. The medical facility closed in February, despite a hard fought battle to keep it open.  Now the city’s mayor is fighting rumors “people will die” in transit to other medical facilities because Lakewood no longer offers inpatient facilities. “The loss of a local inpatient hospital has created a sense of vulnerability, and we all understand that and it’s […]

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