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

  Heroic rescue: Deputy, cop save pregnant woman’s life after she crashed into Erie County pond

  Police say teens responsible for 6 violent carjackings in Ohio City are now locked up

  Ohio group says public is being denied right to vote on controversial LGBTQ law

  How an internet crime unit led to the arrest of a Northeast Ohio priest accused in a child porn case

  $2.8 million lawsuit claims prisoner abuse at Portage County Jail

  Man slips out of Eastlake jail and drives away in police cruiser, triggering massive manhunt

  Ohio attorney general files lawsuit against contractor exposed by 19 News

  Police, college students, Crimestoppers team up to tackle 1981 Newburgh Heights suspicious death

  Local 93′s plan to oust Cleveland fire chief fizzles after special prosecutor files no criminal charges

  Lakewood restaurant concept breathing new life into old Swingos location

  Man shot dead by Mansfield police after charging at officers with sword

  Browns’ Myles Garrett chooses words carefully about NFL suspension while serving homeless meals in Cleveland

  Petitions presented to Cleveland City Council to reduce number of members, their salaries

  North Royalton police officer pleads guilty to misdemeanor, felony charges dropped

  Trial for North Royalton police officer goes forward, attorneys for officer want video thrown out

  North Royalton officer rejects misdemeanor charges, will face felonies in court instead

  Gas explosion rocks Pepper Pike neighborhood, prompts evacuations Friday morning

  Portage County Sheriff provides blank disc when jail assault video was promised

  Arrest made in death of 6-year-old Cleveland girl who was shot while sleeping

Man who shot girlfriend after she denied him sex sent off to Ohio prison

  Portage County sheriff says requests for information on alleged jail beatings is ready, but he can’t provide it

  Ashtabula County deputies shoot, kill man armed with weapons, body armor

  Cleveland’s former Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon laid to rest

Former Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon remembered through calm, controversy

  City-supported home fix-up initiative turns problematic for Elyria woman

  A dozen former inmates at the Portage County Jail are now claiming abuse

  Oberlin officer treated for suspected fentanyl exposure released from hospital

  Anthony Sowell’s death sentence appeal contends ineffective counsel during murder trial

  Convicted hit-skip driver who tried to sneak through prison system loophole avoids extra jail time

  Family of man killed by hit-skip driver faces another court delay for suspect