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

  Ex-judge Lance Mason pleads guilty to stabbing ex-wife to death with daughters nearby

  Man accused of making social media threats against Youngstown Jewish community makes 1st court appearance

  Have you ever heard of metal gravel? Canton couple mistakenly buys it for driveway

  Doctor convicted of raping co-worker after party sentenced to 3 years in prison

  Man who murdered Parma Heights couple who took him in sentenced to death

  Residents say remake of Jackson Street Pier is ruining views of Sandusky Bay

  Medina County commissioners face backlash for plans to replace historic courthouse

  Another criminal walks out of Cuyahoga County Court before going to prison

  Crime Stoppers detective has a unique approach to fighting domestic terror

  Resignation or termination: Either way, Cleveland fire union wants Chief Calvillo out of the department

  Police investigate Wayne County home explosion as possible hate crime

  Elderly woman who was facing 10 days in jail for feeding feral cats promises Garfield Heights judge that she’ll stop

  Legal to buy bullet proof vests, but Northeast Ohio businesses tend to be wary of who they sell to

  Interim Cuyahoga County Sheriff removed from position hours after being appointed

  Mother, staring down 3-year prison sentence for hit-skip, turns herself in after fleeing Cleveland courtroom

  Victim frustrated after hit-skip driver that severely injured her walks away from a long prison sentence. (videos)

  Sheriff Clifford Pinkney points to Armond Budish as source of Justice Center dysfunction while testifying in front of Cuyahoga County Council

  Here’s how you can help dozens of Parma Heights residents displaced by deadly apartment fire

  First African American in space and Clevelander Guy Bluford reflects on 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

  Man who refused to give his name to police forced to give his name to hundreds in Painesville.

  Ohio judge forces busted graffiti artist to use toothbrush for painting punishment

  Family wants Cleveland Metroparks police to reopen investigation of Tinkers Creek drowning

  Former Cleveland school security guard who preyed on vulnerable girls sentenced to 4 years

  Cleveland sanitation workers irked over delay in pay raises that were approved in March

  How an East Cleveland man got a traffic camera ticket dismissed.

  Cleveland judge sentences graffiti vandal to paint railings with a toothbrush (video)

  Records show that Cleveland Water worker fired for using city equipment was disciplined before

  UPDATE: 2 children and woman murdered in Slavic Village home near field where man was gunned down; community in shock

  Hope dims as crashing waves hamper search for missing 18-year-old in Lake Erie

  Hotels benefit from MLB All-Star Game, but look for longer term benefits