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

  4th former inmate claims brutality from corrections officers at Portage County Jail

  Cuyahoga County announces ambitious plan in hopes to kick-start more lake access

  Police looking for person who fired shotgun at Marblehead Police Station

  Family of Akron woman killed by hit-skip driver says they’ll forgive but not forget

  Police catch suspect in hit-and-run crash that killed worker in I-71 construction zone

  Akron mayor and service director promise improved snow removal after last winter’s plowing debacle

  $1 million grant from federal government will fund domestic relations court docket in Cuyahoga County

  Victim’s family stunned after man gets 18 months for fatal hit-and-run

  More former inmates come forward about conditions, treatment at Portage County Jail

  Former Cuyahoga County Jail boss avoids jail himself

  Former mayoral candidate files lawsuit claiming he was ‘stripped naked and dragged by handcuffs’ at Portage County Jail

  Ohio attorney general issues warning to ‘petition blockers’

  Blind man pleased after crosswalk is being restored on his busy Cleveland street

  North Ridgeville business owner frustrated by construction blocking access to his parking

  Accused arsonist on trial for allegedly killing 9 people in 2 Akron fires complains at competency hearing

  Akron pit bull owner whose dogs mauled 4 people now on the run after fleeing in Lyft car

  Prosecutors clash with Cuyahoga County jail guards’ version of how an inmate was seriously injured

  Walton Hills pays woman who sued former mayor claiming he sexually harassed her

  Lakewood’s law banning retractable dog leashes could be ‘tweaked’ soon

  Family of Cleveland murder victim fears case will be forgotten

  Blood drive at St. Ed’s in Lakewood aims to win another championship

  Suspected killer tied by DNA to murders and rape declared incompetent to stand trial in Medina County

  Laborers finally getting backpay, raises from city of Cleveland after 19 News report

  Resident going blind demands help with crosswalk in Cleveland; city responds after 19 News inquiry

  Cleveland mourns the death of Cavaliers broadcaster Fred McLeod

  Shooter gets 14 years for emptying gun into woman in North Ridgeville

  Illegal dumping mess cleaned up, Cleveland police investigation begins

  Extra precautions taken to protect Rocky River students in construction zone

  City of Walton Hills settles sexual harassment lawsuit against former mayor

  Illegal dumping continues to plague Slavic Village neighborhood