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

  Newly released picture may prove John Demjanjuk, who lived in Seven Hills, was a Nazi death camp guard

  Waste removal company that filled warehouse with trash pledges to clean up mess after outcry from Cleveland residents

  Cuyahoga County corrections officer admits to repeatedly pepper spraying restrained inmate

  No public notice: Investigation shows that Cleveland City Council likely violated open meeting laws

  FBI now investigating inmate complaints of abuse at the Portage County Jail

  One-time Cleveland police officer sentenced to over 4 years in jail for urinating on 12-year-old girl

  After benefits for Ohio police and firefighters were slashed, could health care cuts for government workers be next?

  Jimmy Dimora to argue for lesser sentence corruption case to Ohio Court of Appeals

  Grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson could face new charges after making plea deal in assault case

  Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s grandson pleads guilty to misdemeanor; felony charges dropped

  Harley Dilly likely died the day he went missing and within hours after getting stuck in chimney, source says

  Trial for assault begins for grandson of Cleveland mayor, Frank Q. Jackson

  Hit-skip driver who killed Avon Lake bicyclist sentenced to over years

  Cuyahoga County claims progress is being made in correcting flaws at jail

  School crossing lights turned back on in Barberton following 19 News coverage

  Security questioned at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after another breach

  Ohio civil rights agency launches new investigation into abuse allegations at Portage County Jail

  Builder named in Ohio Attorney General’s lawsuit claims he’s finishing jobs

  Objections continue over possible partial demolition of Medina County Courthouse

  State of Ohio’s report documents declining conditions at Portage County Jail

  Drivers speed through Barberton school zone with flashing light that has been out since November

  Accused arsonist Stanley Ford appears for another competency hearing in Summit County

  Cleveland family says no one will clear tree blocking gas shutoff valve

  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