Paul Orlousky

Cleveland television news reporter Paul Orlousky is an inductee into the Cleveland Press Club Journalism Hall of Fame. Inducted in November of 2014, Paul is only the third television "street" reporter ever inducted. For more than 35 years, he has informed viewers in Northeast Ohio about the latest in breaking news, investigative, and feature reports. Nowhere was that more evident than in 2013 when he shocked Cleveland and the competition by being first to report the Ariel Castro story and the three women he had held captive in his home for a decade. Paul calls it the "biggest story of my career." Our viewers have enjoyed Paul's confrontational approach since 1997. A perfect example of this and of his deep sources was Paul's aggressive coverage of the county corruption scandal; at times breaking details months before charges came. At other times, telling those under investigation that they would be charged. Paul says, "if we've got to ruffle a few feathers to get to the truth, so be it" adding "the questions we ask and observations we make are fair, not combative, but we expect answers." Prior to our team, Paul established WKYC-TV's investigative team and put it on the map with hard hitting investigations, prompting Northern Ohio Live magazine to honor him as "the most effective investigative reporter" in Northern Ohio. It came after his expose of Cleveland police truancy and false ticket-writing. Some of the ticket writing and even a phony arrest warrant were aimed at silencing him. It resulted in his illegal placement on the NCIC database as a fugitive from justice. Paul is the winner of many awards including several local Emmy awards. He has been active in several charitable fundraisers including, the Cleveland Scholarship Foundation, The Cleveland Clinic and Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate. His work with the American Lung Association Golf Tournament has helped raise more than $2.5 million dollars for the research of lung disease. In 2010, Paul and his wife Kim were named co-chairs of the Annual Catholic Charities Appeal. Nearly $10.5 million dollars were raised. "As a reporter, I work best when I am out on the streets," Paul says. "That's where the stories are. There are so many great people out there. Some have happy stories, some have sad stories, and most have stories about how they are frustrated and are just looking for someone to help. That's where I like to be." A Cleveland sports fan since birth, Paul was born in Elmira, N.Y., and began his broadcasting career in radio there while still a high school student. A graduate of the State University of New York, his early television credits include stops in Binghamton, N.Y., and Youngstown, Ohio. He enjoys a 38-year marriage and lives as he loves to say "on my beloved west side."

Recent Articles by Paul

  Family won’t forgive Parma man who killed sister

Ohio Trooper sentenced for taking bathroom video of underage girls

Dog hit during police chase expected to survive

Richland County Sheriff’s Office introduces foolproof way to identify criminal suspects

Lorain County Clerk of Courts abruptly retires

Man’s remains stuck in Ohio police evidence locker with nowhere to go

Where are your speed camera fines going?

Are there serial killers living in Cleveland? New stats show there could be

‘I had to go to a cemetery to tell him I missed him and tell him ‘Happy Birthday’’

Are there more victims of Cleveland school security guard charged with raping student?

Cleveland officials passed over qualified candidate, picking disgraced Lance Mason instead—why?

Cleveland mayor defends hiring convicted felon Lance Mason, says murder of former judge’s wife could not have been foreseen

How much will it cost to replace the dead trees on the Shoreway?

Is a lack of competitive bidding for electricity costing you money on your water bill?

Lorain home has been blight for 19 years, no end in sight

Cleveland has a plan to make downtown streets safe for all modes of transportation

Akron man demanding $9,000 after contractor reportedly botches job

Copley, Cuyahoga Falls smash-and-grab jewelry heists appear connected

Suburbanites using the Cleveland Water Department are subsidizing Cleveland Public Power

Witnesses press truck owner to mend fences at Cleveland nonprofit