Paul Orlousky

Paul Orlousky


Cleveland, Ohio

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

  Cleveland wants to spend $300,000 on a study about upgrading coin-fed parking meters

  Cleveland woman admits her Facebook site scammed money from hundreds

  Newburgh Heights mayor admits that mistakes were made in campaign finance reports

  Unmarked traffic camera prompts East Cleveland to post new signs after 19 News report

  East Cleveland traffic camera generating revenue, but not following warning rules

  Flooding at Chippewa Lake the worst in 40 years, residents say

  Answers still in short supply in Rocky River Reservation double murder case

Cleveland answers why dead, dying trees on Shoreway haven’t been replaced

  Former prosecutor Bill Mason becomes Armond Budish’s chief of staff; sources say appointment designed to bring stability to county government

  Cuyahoga County spent a bundle attracting an employee who stayed only months

  Rash of car break ins at trendy Gordon Square apartments puts tenants on edge

  Investigators still quiet on double murders at Cleveland MetroParks leading to frustration from family members

  Pepper Pike police reaching for clues in shooting investigation that left 4 injured

  4 smash-and-grabs in 1 month at Cleveland home have forced owner to relocate; suspected serial burglar caught on camera (photo)

  Victim’s family says they received little information about shooting that killed 2 at Rocky River Reservation

  Iguana injured when thrown at Painesville restaurant manager on the mend and heading to rightful owner

  Cuyahoga County Council fed up with Budish administration communication delays; time limit set to get answers

  Update: Crew caught using Cleveland Water Department equipment during private construction job

  Raccoons take over decaying Cleveland home, frustrated next door neighbors find little help

  Vicious storm downs trees, limbs and wires in Akron

Westlake promises to crack down on crime-ridden hotels

  Cleveland lawyer indicted for taking funds from elderly, disabled people she served for as guardian

  Grass on some Cleveland youth baseball fields measured 2 feet tall

  Akron motorcycle officer speaks for first time since being struck by suspected drunken driver

  Secret Service plays out real-life emergency scenarios to help law enforcement prep for upcoming election cycles

  Man who raped, intentionally blinded Akron woman is now seeking parole

  Fire investigators refuse to say if serial arsonist is on the loose in Cleveland

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich says West Side Market being ignored by Cleveland City Hall

  Cleveland garbage truck shortage leads to late and sloppy pick-ups, residents and leaders report

  Cleveland Water Department corrects comical problem of hydrant blocking sidewalk