PAUL ORLOUSKY - 19 Action News|Cleveland, OH|News, Weather, Sports


For more than 35 years, Cleveland television news reporter Paul Orlousky has informed viewers in Northeast Ohio about the latest in breaking news, investigative and feature reports.  Nowhere was that more apparent than in 2013 when he shocked Cleveland and the competition by being first to report the Ariel Castro story about three women Castro held captive in his home for 10 years.  Paul calls it the "biggest story of my career."

19 Action News viewers have enjoyed his 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 joining 19 Action News, he 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 and his illegal placement on the NCIC database as a fugitive from justice were all aimed at silencing him.

Paul is the winner of many awards including several local Emmys.  He has been active in several charitable fund raisers 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 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 was 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 37-year marriage, and lives as he loves to say "on my beloved west side."

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